HVAC Questions

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures the energy the air conditioner will use during operation. All new air conditioners are required by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to meet a minimum SEER rating. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the cooling system and the less it costs to run.

A split system air conditioner is listed with a minimal SEER rating. The actual SEER rating is determined through the unit’s average performance. When the upgrade of the same series indoor unit increases the amount of cooling delivered by the system, a higher SEER rating is achieved.

The heating and cooling systems carry a heavy workload just about year-round. Starting up, combatting the weather, and shutting down causes wear and tear. Regular maintenance uncovers and resolves minor issues, preventing further damage. Thorough inspection, cleaning, and adjusting maximize airflow, efficiency, reliability, safety, comfort, and longevity. It’s a good idea to have the heating system professionally serviced every fall, and the air conditioner is taken care of in the spring.

Air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and all types of heating and cooling systems benefit significantly from annual, professional upkeep. Inspections should include all major components such as ductwork, valves, fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils, refrigerant lines, registers, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, etc.

Green Air Care has earned qualification as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer through extensive technician training. Our NATE-certified professionals are proficient in all types of heating and cooling equipment. We have the necessary experience and equipment to accurately diagnose concerns and provide knowledgeable recommendations and support.

Programmable thermostats are not only more accurate than a basic manual alternative, the ability to cater to your schedule facilitates energy savings. Temperature can be set according to whether the home is occupied or empty or the family is sleeping. Adjustment is automatic, eliminating the chance of forgetting.

The filters within the HVAC system are designed to protect the inner workings and ductwork from contamination. They are not intended to enhance indoor air quality. To effectively trap dust, dander, bacteria, and airborne viruses, a pleated media filter can be situated between the main return duct and the blower cabinet. It’s necessary to purchase a filter that matches the blower’s capacity. It’s a good idea to replace disposable filters or clean washable filters at least once per month.

The filter included with your Carrier system is constructed from high-quality materials. Disposable filters that can be purchased at retail stores fail to meet these same standards. The right filters for your Carrier furnace can only be purchased through a Carrier dealer. Many Carrier filters can be hand-washed in cold water and reused.

Green Air Care is your Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We offer an invaluable resource for skilled services, knowledgeable recommendations, and access to the right parts for your system. We keep updated with advancements in technology and ensure availability and competitive pricing. Never hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.

The sizing and features of your heating or cooling system are impacted by a wide variety of factors, such as geographic location, square footage, insulation, number of windows, duct sizing and layout, occupancy, and more. An in-home analysis performed by the professionals from Green Air Care narrows down options and provides knowledgeable recommendations. We help you to determine the ideal style, size, and model to suit your exact and specific requirements and goals. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we follow strict protocols and remain informed on new products, technology, and benefits.

Warranty certificates are provided in the information-packed you received during the HVAC installation process. Your warranty pertains to the specific model and serial numbers as well as the installation date of the system. If you are unable to locate the warranty certificate or have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Green Air Care. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we know the heating, cooling, and indoor air quality options we install, service and represent. A standard Carrier factory warranty covers parts that malfunction due to a defect during the warranty period. Labor is not included in the coverage.

Carrier is well-known for the longevity of its products. When sizing and installation are handled by a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, you can be sure of proper protocols and peak performance. While there are numerous factors that impact the lifespan of heating and cooling equipment, regular, routine maintenance goes a long way toward greater reliability, sustainability, and value. When you take good care of your Carrier HVAC system, it will take good care of you for years and years.

Over the last decade, great strides have been achieved in heating and cooling technology. The modern generation of systems is significantly more environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, and reliable. With a new heater or air conditioner, you’re going to save money on operation and ownership. If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, succumbing to repairs more than once per year, costing more than usual in utility bills, or failing to live up to comfort expectations, it’s time to think about replacement. Green Air Care is happy to help by performing a complete system evaluation and explaining options for improvement.

HVAC industry terminology can be a bit confusing. You’ve probably heard of a forced-air system as well as central air conditioning. So what’s the difference? To start with, a forced-air system refers to any HVAC system that provides temperature-controlled air into the rooms of the home by way of ductwork and vents. The furnace, electric heat pump, and central air conditioner can all be components of a forced-air system. Central air conditioning refers strictly to the cooling system.

Some of the reasons to install central air conditioning include:

  • Versatility – There are actually many different types and models of central air systems to accommodate limited space and even older homes that lack ductwork, including conventional air conditioning, ductless mini-splits. high-velocity cooling systems and packaged units that combine heating and cooling.
  • Comfort – central air systems provide cool comfort throughout the whole home, maintaining a consistent temperature and consuming less energy than a series of single units.
  • Zoned control – There are now modern air conditioning systems that direct cooled air to specific zones of the home, accommodating personal preference and room occupancy and trimming running costs.
  • Manage humidity levels – A central air system helps to reduce humidity levels in the home, improving comfort and indoor air quality, deterring mold growth, and creating a healthier living environment.
  • Cleaner home – As the air is pulled out of the various rooms and into the return air ducts, it is drawn through an air filter, removing contaminants such as dust, dander, lint, and other allergens. The filtered air is then circulated back into the home. Central air conditioning is especially helpful for those with allergies, asthma, or respiratory sensitivities.
  • Low maintenance – Modern air conditioners require very little upkeep. Filter changes and annual professional service is typically enough to keep equipment operating reliably for many years.
  • Resale value – The investment into central air conditioning adds to the value of the home, making it more competitive and desirable.

When you want to cool down the house, you start by adjusting the thermostat. Electronic sensors inside the thermostat react to the indoor temperature and send a signal to the control board in the air conditioner, instructing it to turn on. The warm air from the various rooms in the home is drawn into the indoor component or air handler of the air conditioner by way of the blower. The blower is basically a large fan that pulls the air in through a return vent and sends it over cold evaporator coils.

The evaporator coils contain refrigerant which absorbs heat and removes moisture from the air. After the air is cooled, it’s sent back into the home by way of the duct system and a series of supply vents located in each room. The heat that was absorbed by the refrigerant is transferred to the air conditioner’s outdoor unit or condenser. Located within the condenser, a compressor converts the refrigerant into a high-temperature, high-pressure gas. The gas passes through the condenser coils with the assistance of a powerful fan. The hot gas is then expelled into the outdoor air.

After the refrigerant releases the heat, it returns to liquid form and is carried back to the indoor unit. This process repeats over and over, bringing your home down to the temperature setting on the thermostat.

If you notice any concerns with the performance of your home’s heating or cooling system, it’s a good idea to reach out to Green Air Care for service. The most cost-effective, quickest, and satisfying means of solving any HVAC problem is through the expertise and experience of a NATE-certified professional. Our technicians are NATE-certified, factory training, regularly updated, and proficient in all types of heaters and air conditioners. We have the industry-specialized tools and technology to accurately diagnose the issue and restore reliable operation. Acting fast prevents further damage and greater expense.  Indications of malfunction that require repair include:

  • Excessive air contaminants floating around
  • Inconsistent heating or cooling
  • Leaks
  • Longer run times
  • Musty smells originating from the vents
  • Repetitive on and off system cycling
  • Rise in energy bills
  • Strange noises such as screeching, hissing or clunking

Shutting the air conditioner down completely when you’re out of the house for the day isn’t cost-effective. You’re simply putting a lot of extra wear and tear on the equipment. It’s more effective and efficient to adjust the thermostat at least five degrees higher. A setting of 82 degrees for the majority of the day is a good way to reduce energy consumption. We recommend returning the thermostat setting to your preferred comfort level an hour or two prior to your arrival home. This allows the air conditioner to achieve a nice, cool living environment in time for you to step inside.

The furnace relies on a burner/heating element, heat exchanger, and ductwork to heat and provide warm air. Once the pilot light or electron ignition lights the main burner, it uses a metal heat exchanger chamber to heat the cooler air from the home. The thermostat controls when the heating cycle starts and stops. The ductwork is a branching series of pipes that are typically concealed behind walls, ceilings, and crawl spaces. The heated air is circled through this network and introduced into the living space by way of a blower. It’s then pulled back into the heat exchanger to start the process all over again.

There are numerous factors that influence the ideal time to upgrade the furnace, including increasing operating costs, strange noises, inconsistent temperature, age of the system, ineffective comfort, and frequent repairs. While regular professional maintenance will certainly prolong the lifespan of the heating system, there will come a day when replacement becomes the cost-effective decision. Because of the advancements in heating technology during the last ten years, you can often recover the initial investment through significantly lower operational costs. When you’re unsure of the right decision, Green Air Care welcomes you to give us a call. Our NATE-certified, factory-trained professionals are happy to provide evaluation and discuss the latest, high-efficiency heating options on the market.

Odd smells can indicate a malfunctioning furnace. Whenever there’s an unusual odor emanating from the system, don’t ignore it. To ensure safety, prevent further damage and enjoy peace of mind, it’s recommended to call a licensed HVAC professional for repairs. Green Air Care is always happy to help.

Some of the most common furnace smells and the reasons for them include:

  • Rotten eggs/sulfur: This odor may very well indicate a gas leak and should be taken seriously. Call for professional assistance immediately.
  • Dirty socks: Condensation buildup can create a moist environment and bacterial growth on the coils. Start by replacing the filter and then call for professional system cleaning.
  • Electrical burning: An electrical smell might indicate overheating which can melt wire insulation, produce electrical shorts and generate sparks. Due to the risk of fire, it’s a good idea to call for repairs.
  • Burning oil: This can be caused by items being stored too close to the pilot light and melting or even burning. We recommend asking a certified technician to identify the problem.
  • Dusty or musty: When the furnace sits idle for a while, dust, dirt and other debris collect within the equipment and ducts. There’s only cause for concern if the smell persists.
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