Purchasing a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for your home can be a large investment. It’s natural to want to do a lot of research before making such a decision. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from potential customers who are thinking about an HVAC system in Bellingham.
Does a Bigger HVAC System Translate into Better Performance?
Absolutely not. The efficiency of an HVAC system depends entirely on the square footage of your home. A system that is too big for your home will result in a lot of stops and starts, which can dramatically increase your energy bill. A system that is too small for your home will need to run constantly, which also raises electricity costs and can shorten the life of your system.
Are Air Filters Required for AC Systems?
Only if you want them to last as long as possible! Dirt and debris can get into important parts of the system, leading to a breakdown. In fact, dirt is the leading cause of needed repairs in HVAC systems. A clean air filter needs to be used to keep the system running as efficiently as possible. Air filters should be replaced once every three to six months, depending on the size of your system and the type of filter that it uses.
How Long Will an HVAC System Last?
An HVAC system can endure for a lot of years as long as the homeowner keeps up with routine maintenance. With maintenance checkups twice a year, most HVAC systems can last for an average of 15 to 25 years. Furnaces will average approximately the same lifespan (15 to 25 years), while air conditioning units tend to average 12 to 15 years. Heat pumps last about 16 years on average.
If you have a more specific question about an HVAC system for your home, contact one of our technicians at Victory Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing today at (800) 993-4822.