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5 common HVAC questions

5 common HVAC questions

At JM Heating & Cooling, our decades of experience serving the Front Range make it easy to answer your HVAC questions and provide quality maintenance and repairs to home heating and cooling systems. But unfortunately, we can’t be there all the time to monitor your HVAC system’s performance. To help you keep a keen eye on your system and know exactly when to call in the experts, here are a few commonly asked HVAC system questions:

How can I make my home more energy efficient without replacing my system?

The first step to saving energy is a programmable thermostat. They’re easy and relatively inexpensive to install in your home, and make a huge difference when it comes to energy use. Programmable thermostats are able to schedule when your home heats up and cools down, based on when you’re there and need comfort most. Installing multiple thermostats and converting your current system into a zone heating and cooling system may take a few more steps, but can further improve you energy efficiency by supplying different levels of heat and cool air to different rooms in your home. Our experts at JM Heating & Cooling are happy to speak with you about programmable thermostats and the savings they provide to Colorado homeowners.

It’s hot out, but I think my AC is broken. What can I do to check?

In most cases, it’s best to let a professional inspect your system in an emergency. But, a few simple checkpoints are easy and safe to assess on your own. Be sure to check various power sources that are connected to your AC condenser unit, from switches to plugs to thermostat batteries and circuit breakers. The problem could also be your thermostat, if it’s not set properly to the right mode or temperature. Make sure it’s dialed or set to a temperature cooler than room temperature.

How often should I check my air filter?

A good rule of thumb is to check your air filter every month. They’re easy to replace, and in some cases, permanent filters are generally simple to clean as well. First, find your air filter near the return air duct next to your furnace. Inspect it regularly for excess dirt, dust, and other debris. When putting your filter back in, be mindful of the directional arrows that indicate which way air flows through your filter. Arrows should point toward the furnace, not away from it. If you can’t locate your air filter, give JM Heating & Cooling a call and we’ll help you navigate your home system and replace dirty or clogged filters.

Is it time for service maintenance?

Your home’s HVAC system ideally requires inspection and maintenance annually. Skipping out on important maintenance appointments can lead to larger, costlier problems in the future, and our team at JM Heating & Cooling is committed to avoiding those inconvenient emergencies and keeping your home’s system running smoothly throughout its lifetime. Call one of our technicians today to inspect heating and cooling components before the coldest and warmest days of the year arrive.

Should I go with Gas, Electric or Oil?

Generally, natural gas heating systems are the most popular systems on the market because of affordability, safety, and reliability over time. If you’re looking for energy efficiency, electric heat or heat pump systems are the way to go. These systems take heat from the Earth and atmosphere and uses it to heat your home. These systems also eradicate any fuel combustion from your home system, reducing the chance for odor, leaks, or venting issues. Third, an oil system tends to provide the most heat and can protect against carbon monoxide more effectively than a gas system.

Call us today with your HVAC questions and concerns.


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  • Johnny McCarron
    August 21, 2019, 2:11 am REPLY

    I’d never realized that my home HVAC system required regular inspection and maintenance. Actually, our A/C seems to be struggling to keep up with this summer heat. We’re going to reach out to a specialist to get it repaired.

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