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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Pollution and Health

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Knowing and understanding the sources of these pollutants can give us a fair advantage and avoid possible health problems.

Since the effects of living around poor air quality can be experienced years later, it’s essential to understand the sources of pollution, and more importantly, how to improve the air quality we breathe.

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Immediate Effects

We can feel some effects immediately after a single exposure. The most common symptoms are eyes, nose, and throat irritation; you can also feel headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Most of the time, these symptoms can be treated by removing the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution.

In some cases where the person has asthma, allergies, or any other respiratory disease, the exposure can severely complicate the person’s health.

How many reactions you have to indoor air pollutants depends on your current health (of course), your age, and how sensitive you can be to the pollutant. Few people can even become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants after repeated or high-level exposures.

Specific immediate effects are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases, so it is often difficult to determine if the symptoms result from exposure to indoor air pollution.

For this reason, it is essential to pay attention to the time and place symptoms occur. If the symptoms fade or go away when a person is away from the area, an effort should be made to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes. Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air coming indoors or from the heating, cooling, or humidity conditions prevalent indoors.

Long-Term Effects

Some health effects can show up many years later after the exposure or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. After long exposure to poor air quality, the most common effects are respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer. This is why we highly recommend improving the indoor air quality in your home, even if the symptoms are not noticeable.

 

Primary Causes of Indoor Air Problems

Appliances or devices that release gases or particles into the air cause bad air quality within your house and any building. The lack of ventilation increases the pollution levels since there is not enough outside air to dilute the emissions within the building. Humidity and high temperatures levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

 

Pollutant Sources

There are many sources of indoor air pollution. These can include:

  • Fuel-burning combustion appliances
  • Tobacco products
  • Building materials and furnishings as diverse as:
  • Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
  • Newly installed flooring, upholstery, or carpet
  • Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
  • Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
  • Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
  • Excess moisture
  • Outdoor sources such as:
  • Radon
  • Pesticides
  • Outdoor air pollution.

 

The relative importance of any single source depends on how much of a given pollutant it emits and how hazardous those emissions are. In some cases, factors such as how old the source is and whether it is properly maintained are significant. For example, an improperly adjusted gas stove can emit significantly more carbon monoxide than a properly adjusted one.

Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and products like air fresheners, can release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources related to activities like smoking, cleaning, redecorating, or doing hobbies release pollutants intermittently. Unvented or malfunctioning appliances or improperly used products can release higher and sometimes dangerous levels of pollutants indoors.

Pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods after some activities.

Improve the air quality in your home naturally

 

Improving the air quality in your home naturally is probably one of the easiest ways. Bringing nature into your home is not just a way to give a nicer look to your house but also improves the air you and your family breathe in a greater way.

 

Using natural plants to improve the air quality in your house will also help you reduce physiological and psychological stress, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology.

 

So, in a few words, by adding a few plants around your house, you will beautify your home, reduce the overall stress, and greatly increase the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

 

We included a link where you can read more about the best indoor plants.

 

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Open the windows

Cracking the windows and allowing the fresh air to flow throughout your house is an excellent way to dilute the high levels of CO2, NO2, cigarette smoke, and other concentrated chemicals we normally store in our house.

 

Keep your floors cleaned.

By keeping your floors cleaned, you’re also increasing the air quality around your home. This is especially true if your heating and air conditioning system has a return grill/register closer to the floor.

Use your heating and air conditioning system to improve the air quality in your house and working area.

There are several ways you can use your heating and air conditioning system to improve your indoor environment around your house or working space, and some of the most common ways are these:

Add an electronic filter to your system. If you have poor indoor air quality around your house, this is a good way to improve your indoor air quality. Electronic air cleaners effectively remove microscopic impurities from the air. This includes dust, smoke, animal dander, and many other air contaminants that can deteriorate your health.

 

Add a UV Light. Using UV Lights is another excellent way to improve your indoor air quality. UV lights have the power to kill bacterias, mold, viruses, and other contaminants. This option is one of the cheapest ways to maintain a healthy heating and air conditioning system, and of course, your family’s health as well.

Add an Ionic Air Purifier. Ionizers are helpful to combat allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities, as ionic air purifiers more effectively eliminate pollutants ranging from pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander to viruses, smoke, odors, and chemical toxins.

According to Ibaby, some of the benefits of installing an Ionic Purifier are:

  • Increase energy
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase mental concentration

Duct cleaning.

Even though there are no clinical studies that can prove the benefits of cleaning your HVAC ducting system, it is not too hard to understand that those ducting pipes can get full of dust, allergens, bacteria, mold, and even viruses. So the right question is not if a clean ducting system can improve your health, but if dirty ductwork can diminish your health?.

I think cleanliness is always necessary to keep a healthy lifestyle, and since the air we breathe around our house goes through those pipes, we must consider keeping them as clean as we can.

 

What are the different types of mini-split systems?

What are the different types of mini-split systems?

What are the different types of mini-split systems?

The heating and air conditioning industry has changed a lot throughout the years. And every improvement has been aimed so that you can have an enjoyable and satisfying experience while using your air conditioner. 

For this reason, you as a homeowner have plenty of choices to choose from when you are looking to stay warm in the winter and cool during the summer.

One of those choices is the mini-split air conditioning system, or also known as a ductless system.

In this article, I will cover the different types of ductless air conditioners and mention some of the benefits they can offer to your comfort in residential applications.

One of those choices is the mini-split air conditioning system, or also known as a ductless system.

In this article, I will cover the different types of ductless air conditioners and mention some of the benefits they can offer to your comfort in residential applications.

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Let us start with the residential benefits that a mini-split air conditioning system brings to the table.

Most of the ductless air conditioners are heat pump systems, which are much more efficient than a traditional central heating and air conditioning system, thanks to all the new technology used in this equipment.

Heat pump air conditioners are the systems of the future and by no exaggeration. 

I say this because a heat pump mini-split system is high-efficient equipment, giving you, the homeowner, the benefit of saving energy and money every time you use it. 

In other words, now you can forget about those dramatic increases in your electricity bills when you have to use your AC. 

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Heat pump air conditioners are the systems of the future and by no exaggeration. 

I say this because a heat pump mini-split system is high-efficient equipment, giving you, the homeowner, the benefit of saving energy and money every time you use it. 

 

In other words, now you can forget about those dramatic increases in your electricity bills when you have to use your AC. 

To give you a perspective, imagine this. With a traditional heating and cooling system, you have to power the condenser unit, which on average uses a 40 – 50 Amps breaker, and you also need to power the furnace or air handler, which adds another 20 Amps, which means that you need 60 -70 Amps to use that old AC system.

Now, with a mini-split system, you only need to power the condenser unit using, on average, a 30 – 40 Amps breaker. Can you see the difference? Can you see how a ductless AC system can save you money?  Can you see how having a comfortable home is now affordable?

 

One more thing I like about mini-split systems is that they are super quiet. Most of them operate around 50dB, adding to the enjoyable experience when you use your air conditioner.

I hope you keep reading because I will mention the different types of mini split air handlers and the benefits each of them can offer you.

Different Indoor Units For A Mini Split System.

Can you see that we didn’t exaggerate when we said that the heat pump mini-split air conditioners are the systems of the future? All the benefits, efficiency, quietness, quality, and diversity make these heat pump air conditioners the systems of the future in the HVAC industry and the comfort of every American home.

Three Reasons To Upgrade Your Air Conditioning System

Three Reasons To Upgrade Your Air Conditioning System

Three Reasons To Upgrade Your Air Conditioning System

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1. It is an old system

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Probably the first reason to upgrade your air conditioning system is that it is an old system. Old air conditioning units can use a lot more energy to cool your house or business down, as compared with a new high-efficiency cooling and heating system. A new 16 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) heating and cooling system, literately can pay for itself in the long term because of the savings you get every month on your utility bill. 

Of course, it depends on how often you use your heating and air conditioner unit, but if you use it more than three times a week, you can see the savings on your electrical bill every month. Many cities also offer rebates to homeowners that upgrade their A/C systems with new high-efficiency equipment. Call your local city building department to find out if you can take advantage of these rebates.

There are also other programs like “HERO” that can help finance your new air conditioning system.

2. The cost to repair it is more than half the price of a new A/C system. 

Of course, the first thing we all do is try to fix our air conditioning system before we even think of replacing it, but it is a rule of thumb that if the repair cost more than half the price of a new unit, we highly recommend to replace it altogether.

The cost to install central air conditioning can be cheaper than you think. On average, the cost to upgrade a 3-ton system is around $5500. Quantum Air Conditioning offers financing services for your A/C installation, and we also offer free in-home estimates on new system installations. 

As we mentioned above, the savings you get with a 16 SEER system or higher can pay for your new central air conditioning system in the long term. 

Call us today at 951-541-5579 and schedule your free in-home estimate.

3. Your A/C unit is too loud. 

Provably you are thinking right now that you rather have a noisy unit before you even think of spending thousands of dollars for a new quiet system and let me tell you that you are not the only one that feels like this. 

Most people think this way until they start losing their sleep because a noisy condenser, and that’s when everything changes. Among HVAC contractors, provably, this is one of the most common reasons why people replace their air conditioning system that seems to be working just fine but is old, loud, and inefficient.

A central air conditioner has become a necessity for the American family, therefore is very important that you provide the needed maintenance to ensure that your A/C system will be working efficiently all year round and most important that you will prevent costly repairs in the future, but if you notice that your A/C is using more energy every year, is becoming too loud or simply the repairs are way too expensive, don’t waste any more time, and money, and upgrade it with a new high-efficiency system, and start saving today, trust me, your family and your wallet will thank you for it.

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What You Need To Know About Refrigerants

R22, R410a, R407c, NU22

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What is refrigerant?

According to Wikipedia, a refrigerant is a substance or mixture; usually, a fluid, used in a heat pump (air conditioner) and refrigeration cycle.

In most cases, undergoes phase transitions from liquid to a gas and back again.

What are the most common refrigerants in residential and commercial applications?

About fifteen to twenty years ago, R22 was the most common AC refrigerant in the market, at least for residential and light commercial applications.

Because R22 refrigerant is considered very harmful to the environment due to its ozone depletion effects, it was programmed to phased out on January 1, 2020.

To make the transition faster, air conditioning equipment manufacturers are no longer making any equipment for R22 refrigerant. All new equipment is being made to be compatible with R410a refrigerant and is considered environmental-friendly. All new equipment comes out from the manufacturer pre-charged with R410a refrigerant.

The amount of refrigerant charged varies per system size and model. One thing to consider on new installations is the distance between the condenser and the evaporator coil.

If its more than 50 feet, the size of the copper line should be increased, and most likely, you or the technician doing the installation, will need to add some refrigerant, but always refer to the charging chart that comes with your equipment, before you start charging the system.

How often do I need to recharge my air conditioner?

This is one of the most common questions we get from our clients, and the answer is that technically, an air conditioning system shouldn’t be recharged, but the reality is way different.

Now, why does an air conditioner start leaking? If “technically” shouldn’t be recharged, well, I guess we also have to consider that, like every other piece of equipment, gets older and parts start deteriorating, especially after five to ten years of use and in many cases way less time than that.

Some of the most common places where leaks start are at the service valves, also porous pipes (old pipes), bad solder joints, defective TXV valves, to mention a few.

The one thing you should always make sure is that whoever is working on your A/C system, that technician should find and fix the leak before he recharges your ac unit again. 

Refrigerant replacements for R22.

There are few replacements for R22; the most commons are NU22 and 407c.

In my professional opinion, NU22 is the most convenient of all because you can use it in every system that works with R22, as compared to 407c that requires changing the oil in the compressor in some models.

NU22 refrigerant has been improved to keep a nice cold air within your home without affecting your ac system and is very cost-effective in case you need a refrigerant recharge due to refrigerant leaks.

What are the symptoms of an air conditioner that is low on refrigerant?

  • Warm air coming out of the air vents.
  • Frozen evaporator coil.
  • Frozen copper lines.
  • Frozen condenser coil on heat pump systems and when used on heating mode.
  • Noisy compressor.

Tip: A dirty air filter can be the cause of a frozen coil too. Replace your air filter periodically to ensure good air quality, as well as the proper functioning of your air conditioning system.

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What you need to know before you buy a ductless A/C

Ductless air conditioning systems have become very popular in the last few years.

Its compact design, high efficiency, zone control ability, super quiet air handler and compressor, makes it hard to ignore when choosing the right air conditioner system for your house.

This type of air conditioner has many potential applications in residential and commercial buildings. Unlike a traditional residential A/C system, the mini splits air conditioners have two main components, the indoor unit or air handler and the outdoor unit or condenser.

Some of the most common applications are for the computer room and conference room in commercial buildings, the living room, the GYM room, and a single office, to mention a few.

You can find a ductless mini-split air conditioner for wall mount, ceiling mount and some brands offer the picture frame style, as I explain later in this article, the wall mount style is the less expensive of all three, and maybe this is why this is the most common of all.

The Advantages of a Mini-Split Air Conditioning System

As I mentioned before, some of the main advantages are the compact size, facilitating the air conditioner installation for the contractor, and easy blending with any wall or ceiling, so you don’t have to put a big ugly box on the window.

The ability of zone control.

Zone control is one of the things that attract more people to purchase a mini-split air conditioner because you can have one in each room and operate every one of them individually. 

What this means is that you don’t have to cool down your entire house to feel comfortable, which will translate in significant money savings every month. Not bad for a ductless HVAC system.

The majority of mini-split systems in the market today are heat pumps, which means that you can enjoy heating and cooling all in one good looking air conditioner. 

You can also get a straight cooling system or cooling only, but the price difference is usually a few dollars.

Therefore, most people rather have a heat pump mini split installed and enjoy both heating and cooling all in one ductless ac unit.

The high efficiency of these air conditioning units is the best of all air conditioners, compared with a traditional system. The minimum SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) in these ductless systems is 16 SEER, and this is if you get one of those cheap systems. Still, if you get a good quality system, most likely, you will get between 18 SEER to 20 SEER or even higher.

Another big plus for a mini-split unit is that they are super quiet. Most systems range from 30 dB to 50 dB, so you can have a sweet sleep at night without waking up and having the sensation of a helicopter flying over your house.

These systems come with remote control, and some of them are even WiFi compatible, so you can adjust the temperature without leaving the couch or your bed.

Ductless mini-split air conditioner cost.

The cost for a ductless air conditioner system ranges from $1500 to $4500 for a single air handler, 12000 BTU, heat pump, between 18- 21 SEER. The price depends a lot on the brand and type of air handler you intend to purchase.

In other words, if you purchased a wall mount mini-split system, the price would be lower than if you buy a ceiling mount air conditioner or picture frame style. Some of the most expensive brands out there are Panasonic and LG, but they include a 10-year warranty on their equipment.

One other thing that can affect the price of your mini split installation is the location of the air handler (the unit inside the house) and the location of the condenser (the unit outside the house).

Since most of these systems are installed on existing buildings, the location of where you want to install your new ductless system plays a big roll in labor for your HVAC contractor, especially if you live in a two-story house or a condo, and you want the installation to be on the upper levels.

Earlier in this article, I mentioned that the compact design of a mini-split system, make it easy for a contractor to install the air handler, and this is true.

The installation itself of the air handler is easy as compared to a central A/C because it just has to be hanged.

Still, the location of where you wanted can change this radically because it involves the length of the refrigerant lines, if you are going to use a condensate pump or not, how many lines set cover they are going to be needed, etc.

Usually, the HVAC contractor will recommend installing to condenser closer to the main electrical panel and the air handler on an exterior wall to avoid using extra materials and labor.

In other words, installing a mini-split ac or a mini-split heat pump can be easy and totally gratifying if you choose the right equipment and, of course, the right contractor.

4 Things you need to know before you replace your air conditioning system.

Four Things You Need Consider Before Replacing Your A/C

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What you need to know before you call your HVAC contractor.

Air conditioning installation or replacement is always a big project for any homeowner, especially when you have to do it in the middle of the hot, sweaty summer, and you have to find the right air conditioning contractor, the right price, and of course the right equipment for your house.

There are several aspects to consider to make the right decision; things like, is he a licensed HVAC contractor? Does he have a good reputation? What kind of system do I need? What brand? Is it up-flow or horizontal set up? What is my budget?. These are some of the fundamental questions any homeowner should answer to make the right decision.

In this article, we are going to answer all these questions. We intend not just to point you in the right direction, but also help you understand the process involved in the installation on an air conditioning system.

The first thing you should consider is:

1- Your budget.

Knowing how much money you are willing to spend is very important because it can determine the brand of the equipment, the model of the equipment, the SEER rating (Season Energy Efficiency Ratio) of the system, and many times the quality of the installation you will receive. Throughout the internet, you will find that the average price for a residential AC installation is between $3,500 to $8,000. Now, you may think that its a big difference in price for an AC system, but surely reflects the importance of knowing the size of the equipment you need. The average cost for a 1.5-ton system installation is $3500 (14 SEER-single stage and without ductwork).

 A 5-ton system installation is $8,000 (14 SEER – single-stage and without ductwork); can you see now why is very important to know what size of the air conditioning unit you need for your house? In order to understand what size system you need, you first need to know the following.

2- The square footage of your house.

Air conditioning systems are sized in TONS. The largest size for a house is 5 tons, but some houses need more than one system to cover the entire house. Check this chart to see what size of equipment you need in order to cover your entire house

Up to 2000 sf. – 5-ton system

Up to 1600 sf. – 4-ton system

Up to 1200 sf. – 3-ton system

Up to 800 sf. – 2-ton system

In some cases, when the house is larger than 2000 square feet (usually anything above 2500 SF), it is necessary to install two central air systems. In some cases in a two-story house and for efficiency reasons, they use two air conditioning systems, one for upstairs and one for downstairs, even if the house is less than 2000 sf.

Besides the right size of equipment, the HVAC contractor needs to design the ducting system, which usually is charged separately. A good ductwork design should balance the airflow from room to room to maximize the efficiency of your equipment.

One thing that I also like to mention is that if you already have a central heating system and you are adding the air conditioner, it is highly recommended also to upgrade the ducting system because the air volume needed for heating is smaller than the air volume needed for air conditioning. In other words, you need a bigger size duct for air conditioning.

3- Do you need a Gas or an Electric system? 

In other words, do you need a furnace or a heat pump system? If you are replacing an existing system, this is an easy decision, unless, of course, you are planning to switch one for the other. On new construction, you will have to refer to the mechanical plans to know what type of system do you need, and if you are planning to build an addition to your house, consider the square footage you are adding to select the right air conditioning system size.

Heat pump systems are becoming more and more popular, especially with the evolution of solar power. 

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4- Do you need a split system or a packaged unit?

To answer this question, it is necessary to understand the difference between one and the other.

A split system is the most commonly used for residential applications and consists of 3 parts. The condenser (Usually installed in the backyard ), the gas furnace, and the evaporator coil, these two parts always go together. They are typically installed in the attic, the garage, or a closet within the house. If your system is in the attic, almost always, you’ll have a horizontal set up, and if it is in the garage or a closet, then it is an up-flow setup.

If you have a heat pump system, the evaporator coil and the air handler will always come together in one piece from the manufacturer.

A package unit, as the name mentioned, is all in one piece, and almost always, you going to see these types of ac-unit on the roof and in some rare cases at ground level. You can also find this type of air conditioner in gas/electric or heat pump.

Of course, if you already have an air system installed and you are upgrading your air conditioner, this is an easy decision for you.

Quantum Air Conditioning thank you for reading this article and like to remind you that if you need a professional HVAC contractor, we are here to serve you. You can contact us and let us know what you need by following this link, or you can call us at (951)541-5579 and schedule your free estimate.

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2 Easy repairs you can do before you think about call your local HVAC contractor.

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Well, let’s start by saying that it normally happens when you least expected and when is the hottest day but, what can you do to diagnose your system before you call your local contractor or technician?  

Within the air conditioning industry, there are 3 levels of repairs. The first level is the easiest of all, it requires no experience and some basic tools (Like a screwdriver).

The second level it does requires some experience, power tools, and sometimes specialized tools.

Sometimes what it seems to be an easy repair it turns to a nightmare. If you have the minimum doubt about what you’re doing, don’t take any chances, please stop and call your local HVAC company.

The third level is the hardest of all, it does require knowledge in HVAC, power and specialized tools and experience with the air conditioning systems and brands in hand. At this level, we highly recommend you to call your local HVAC contractor or technician. 

Here at Quantum Air Conditioning, we have certified technicians that can help you with any air conditioning repair for commercial and residential systems.

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Easy repairs – level 1

Air Filters

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Probably the easiest repair you can do is to replace your air filter. In most cases, all you need is a screwdriver.

The air filter is by far the most neglected part of an air conditioning system, and that can have a huge impact in the system efficiency, system airflow, and in severe cases can even ice up the evaporator coil. 

If this is a repair you feel like doing, you can find the size of the filter on the side of the air filter and you can easily get it from any supply store.

Depending on how often you use the air conditioner, you will have to replace the air filter. If you happen to use it every day, we recommend to replace it once every other month.

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The second easiest repair is to check the breaker at the breaker panel.

If your air conditioning is not working at all, chances are that there is no power coming into the system, so before you think about calling your local contractor, first check the breaker panel, localize the breaker that belongs to the A/C and reset it.

You will be surprised how many times we show up to repair an air conditioning system, and all we have to do is to reset the electrical breaker, because believe it or not, this is a very common issue.

Now, if your system keeps popping the electrical breaker, then we highly recommend calling your local contractor, because often times is due to an electrical short, or a bad compressor.

If you need to hire a local contractor to help you with any air conditioning repairs, you can call us at (951)541-5579 to schedule your A/C repair or just click here

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What are the most common residential heating repairs?

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Here are some of the most common repairs for your heating system.

We think this can help you save some money because they are very simple and they are very common, especially if you just moved into your new home.

If your heating system sounds like is starting, you can hear the sparking and the inducer motor, but still blowing cold air, before you call your local contractor, check the gas valve and make sure is on.

This is the most common problem with families that just moved into their new house, so save yourself some time and money and check the gas valve first.

In a vertical setup is usually located right next to the furnace within the closet or in the garage.

If you happen to have a horizontal setup, the gas valve is going to be in the attic area. Most of the time is right above the furnace.

Another common repair with families that just moved in is when the heating system is not working at all, but this is usually an easy fix.

Sometimes the realtor and even the gas company disconnect the furnace from the electrical outlet (especially in vertical applications) or in some cases they turn the breaker off.

So, before you call your local contractor or technician, check all your electrical connections.

Even if you been living in your house for some time, always check the electrical breaker and make sure that is on, but if you don’t have any experience on how to check the electrical breakers, do yourself a favor and call your local HVAC contractor or technician.

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Central heating systems are the most common setup for residential applications.

There are two types of setup for a central heating system, the horizontal installation and the vertical installation.

Normally these setups come with the air conditioning system as well. The heater or also known as the furnace goes together with the evaporator coil, which is connected to the condenser, usually located in the backyard.

A horizontal setup is usually located in the attic, and the vertical setup is installed in a closet within the house or in the garage.

A typical furnace is 80% efficient, which means that it will utilize and transfer 80% of the heat produced into your home.

Some of the most efficient models are 90 – 97% and normally can cost $1500 more than an 80% furnace.

How do I know if I need to replace my heater/furnace?

As we mentioned in some other articles, a good rule of thumb is that if the cost of the repair is more than 50% than the cost of installing a new one, don’t waste your money, and replace that old heater with a new one.

Another good reason to replace your heating system is that if the furnace is too old. The lifespan of most heaters these days is between 10 – 15 years.

Therefore is very important to provide maintenance to your furnace at least once a year. We will give you some tips on how you can take care of your heating system in another article.

Now, the following reason to replace your furnace is not too common, but I’ve seen it happen sometimes, and it happens when the homeowner is trying to save money and hires the cheapest guy they could find to do the installation.

And that is when the guy they hired, installed the wrong size furnace and is not big enough to cover the entire house/building.

Is really bad and sad when this happens, because the homeowner has to spend more money to remove the old system, purchase the new equipment, and pay the new contractor to do it right this time (That’s when we come in)

I hope this gives you a better idea of what to consider when is time to replace your old heating and air conditioning system.

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