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How long should my furnace or air conditioner last?

Furnaces last about 15 years on average and air conditioners last about 10 years on average. We have seen systems last 20-30 years in some cases. The main factors that determine the life of a system is how well your system is maintained. Location of the equipment is a factor too, whether the furnace is located in the basement vs. a crawl space or attic can affect the life of the unit.

What does SEER mean?

When comparing air conditioners, pay close attention to the SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a measure of how efficiently an air conditioner cools your home in the summer. Similar to miles per gallon in a car, the higher the SEER, the less energy you’ll use to stay comfortable.

What efficiency should my furnace be?

With current energy costs skyrocketing, we recommend at least a 92% efficient furnace. 80% efficient furnaces are available but will give you less of a return on your investment.

Should I clean my furnace and air conditioner every year?

Absolutely! Proper maintenance will extend the life, the efficiency, the reliability and the safety of your equipment. Also, the manufacturer can void the warranty if there is neglect.

How often should I change the filter in my furnace?

It really depends on the type of filter you use, but basically a standard 1” filter should be changed every 30 days and 1” pleated filters every 90 days.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept personal checks, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit cards. We also offer financing through Wells Fargo Home Projects Credit Card.

What is the difference between High Efficiency Equipment and standard equipment

Gas-fired furnace efficiency is expressed by a unit’s AFUE percentage. Short for annual fuel utilization efficiency, the AFUE rating provides an at-a-glance metric for comparing the efficiencies of different makes and models of furnaces. AFUE represents the percentage of fuel consumed by a furnace that actually contributes to useable heat versus the amount lost in the combustion process. A standard efficiency furnace has an AFUE of 80 percent or less, while condensing furnaces with an AFUE of 90 percent or above are considered high-efficiency models.

Why should I buy an Automatic Backup Generator instead of a portable generator?

During a utility power outage, an automatic backup generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

  • The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.
  • With an automatic backup generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.
  • Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and does not need to be refilled.
  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
  • They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

How do I correctly size a generator for my home?

The very best way to understand your options and work within your budget is to contact us to schedule a free in-home assessment. During your consultation you will receive the personalized attention and detailed evaluation you need to find a solution that works for your needs

Do generators have to be maintained?

Yes, simple maintenance is required. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service.

Can I install the generator myself?

For safety reasons and to ensure adherence to all local, state and national electrical codes, Generac recommends you use a licensed contractor.

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