Heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your household. The constant stopping, starting and continual operation can wear down your HVAC system quickly and unexpectedly if the proper care and maintenance is delayed. You should have a full preventative maintenance done twice a year and change your air filters once a month. By performing preventive maintenance, or servicing your system regularly, you can maximize the life-cycle of your heating or cooling system and guard against most unexpected failures.
Different refrigerants have different properties, are matched with different oils and require different components in the system. It is very important to have proper oils and components in the system for peak performance and good reliability. As the United States phases out refrigerant R-22, you will need to make informed choices when servicing, repairing, or replacing an existing air-conditioning unit or when purchasing a new one. The EPA has banned the manufacture of new equipment that contains R-22. As a homeowner, you need to consider several key factors in your decision to either repair your existing unit or purchasing a new system, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost, and the refrigerant used. The EPA has a final phase out date of Jan 1, 2020 for R22 and other HCFC refrigerants.
Variable speed means the air conditioner or heat pump has a compressor with multiple levels of operation: higher levels for hotter summer days and lower for the milder days. Since the lower settings are adequate to meet household cooling demands 80% of the time, a variable speed unit runs for longer periods and produces more even temperatures. Compared to a single stage unit, a two stage air conditioner or heat pump can remove twice as much humidity or moisture from inside your home. This is important becuase higher humidity levels inside your home make for a higher potential for mold, mildew or other pollutant problems.
Choosing the right thermostat to control your HVAC system depends a lot on the equipment you have and the features you are wanting. At Airborne Texas Air we offer a complete line of Honeywell thermostats including non-programmable, programmable, and wifi capable. From basic thermostats to the programmable wifi digital color touch screen we have a thermostat to fit every need. Contact one of our representatives today to schedule a consultation on what thermostat works best for you.