Q. How often should filters be cleaned
A. Typically, filters should be
replaced or cleaned at least once a month depending on how many pets and
people are in the building. Disposal filters should be replaced with
filters of like type and size as the original filter, and are available
from Kron & West. Just fill out the contact
form or call us direct 727-345-0317or email
Q. What do rating or SEER numbers
A. To help consumers make informed
choices, the U.S. government requires an efficiency rating of all air
conditioning and heating equipment. The rating is meant to reflect the
percentage of energy used efficiently. A high rating indicates high
efficiency. There are various names for the efficiency ratings of
varying types of equipment. Air conditioning equipment is rated by the
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. Heat pump equipment is rated
by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, or HSPF. Gas furnaces are
rated according to their Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE. An
easy way to understand SEER is to think in terms of miles per gallon.
The higher the SEER number is, the more miles per gallon, or the more
the efficient the system is, and the lower your electric bill will be.
Q. Should a thermostat be set to
“auto” or “on”?
A. When the thermostat is set to
“auto,” the fan operates only when the temperature requires it. This
is the most used setting. However, there are advantages to using the
“on” setting. First of all, the air in the house is constantly
filtered through the unit’s air filter. Secondly, the constantly
circulating air results in an even temperature throughout the house.
This also helps allergies, dust removal, and will provide even
circulation throughout the house.
Q. If an outdoor unit needs replacing,
should the indoor unit be replaced, too?
A. It is a good idea to replace
the entire system when an air handler or condenser needs to be replaced.
The efficiency rating is based on the entire system. To gain the maximum
benefit of new, highly efficient technology, the entire system should be
replaced together. This ensures the system is reliable and achieving its
true efficiency rating.
Q. How do you know what size system a
A. There are many variables to be
considered before determining which system is best for you, such as size
of the house, climate at the location, the number and type of windows,
insulation of the house, number of people in the house, etc. Kron & West will consider all the factors in making a recommendation. We have
the ability to perform heat and cooling loads and energy calculations
for any home.
Q. How often should I have my air
conditioning system serviced?
Kron & West recommends you have your
air conditioning system serviced at least twice per year. This tune up
allows the system to operate at it’s peak efficiency year round, and
can diagnose correct any problems before they can occur.