Frequently Asked HVAC Questions

Posted by Will Housh on June 7

Not everyone is as familiar with heating and cooling as we are at HVAC.com – that’s OK! Industry professionals don’t expect it – that’s what we are here for!

Whenever you have HVAC questions, you can always contact us or a local heating and air conditioning pro. Or, check the HVAC.com Resource Center for in-depth information on most any HVAC question you can come up with! Our Resource Center has the answers you need for HVAC questions on most any topic, so dig in!

Maybe you just have a few simple questions, or aren’t ready to dive into the Resource Center? Below, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked HVAC questions – you’ll find easy answers to your need-to-know questions.

HVAC Question: What’s the best way to find a contractor?

Answer: We may be partial, but the HVAC.com Contractor Directory is the perfect place to start! We’ve built a comprehensive directory of heating and cooling professionals throughout the country. You can easily search by your ZIP code for the heating and air conditioning service companies operating in your area. Our Certified Contractors program sets excelling contractors out from the crowd – look for the Certified Contractor seal for our recommendation!

HVAC Question: It’s hot out and my air conditioner won’t turn on, what do I do?

Answer: Many times, an air conditioner that won’t turn on can be resolved with some simple troubleshooting by you. Power sources are commonly the problem, so check them all. Switches on the condenser and air handler, thermostat batteries, and circuit breakers. Next, make sure your thermostat is set appropriately – it should be set to COOL mode, and the temperature a few degrees lower than the current room temperature. If these troubleshooting tasks don’t restore cool air, call in the pros.

HVAC Question: How can I save energy without investing in new systems?

Answer: A programmable thermostat is a simple, easy, and affordable HVAC upgrade that truly makes a difference in energy savings! Programmable thermostats, when used properly, can help you save up to $180 per year, says ENERGY STAR. Human error or apathy causes a lot of energy waste – a programmable thermostat eliminates that excuse, automatically adjusting household temperatures! When set with optimal temperatures and setbacks of 8 hours or more at one time, a programmable thermostat is sure to show the energy savings you desire. An HVAC pro can walk you through equipment options and provide the skilled installation needed so you can start using it right away!

For all your HVAC questions, locate trustworthy local professionals through the HVAC.com Contractor Directory. Search by your ZIP code for Certified Contractors who serve homeowners in your area!


Source: HVAC.com

Top HVAC Companies Across the Country

Posted by Will Housh on June 6

There are over 105,000 HVAC companies in the United States – that’s a lot of choices for homeowners to select from! In most cities and towns across the country, there are multiple heating and air conditioning companies which serve the same area.

HVAC.com makes it simple for homeowners to connect with leading HVAC companies. Our online Contractor Directory brings you the best in the business – find business and contact information for heating and air conditioning companies throughout the country!

How do you know which company delivers quality, and won’t let you down? We recommend choosing an HVAC.com Certified Contractor for your heating and cooling needs. HVAC.com is operated by industry experts – we know the business, and know how to assess heating and cooling companies for quality workmanship and industry expertise. All Certified Contractors have been thoroughly evaluated, and have met and exceeded our standards. When working with a Certified Contractor, you can expect to receive trustworthy guidance and advice, elite workmanship, and an admirable customer service experience.

HVAC.com’s Contractor Directory has detailed listings for qualified heating, cooling, and indoor air quality professionals serving all 50 U.S. states:

MO Missouri
NE Nebraska
NV Nevada
NH New Hampshire
NJ New Jersey
NM New Mexico
NY New York
NC North Carolina
ND North Dakota
OH Ohio
OK Oklahoma
OR Oregon
PA Pennsylvania
RI Rhode Island
SC South Carolina
SD South Dakota
TN Tennessee
TX Texas
UT Utah
VT Vermont
VA Virginia
WA Washington
WV West Virginia
WI Wisconsin
WY Wyoming
MT Montana

Ready to find heating and air conditioning companies that serve your area? Check out HVAC.com’s Contractor Directory today. Search the directory by ZIP code to identify local HVAC companies who can assist you with your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs, including installation, repairs, and maintenance.


Source: HVAC.com

HVAC Maintenance Tip: Keep Equipment Clear

Posted by Will Housh on June 1

When it comes to HVAC maintenance, how you maintain the areas surrounding your equipment can be just as important as the maintenance of the actual systems. Poor maintenance in the immediate areas surrounding your air conditioner or furnace could decrease system efficiency, damage components, and even put your family in danger. Follow these HVAC maintenance tips to protect your heating and cooling equipment.

  • Keep the exterior condenser unit or heat pump clear of items. You should leave a clearance of at least two feet surrounding the unit. This will facilitate proper airflow, and allow access to the unit should repairs be required. Never install an enclosure directly against the unit. Outdoor items should never be stored surrounding the unit.
  • Local building codes require gas furnaces and other gas appliances maintain a clearance from the floor and surrounding walls. Space should be left for many reasons: allow HVAC maintenance technicians access to the system, to improve airflow to the system, and to prevent combustible byproducts from building up in the surrounding area, which could lead to a fire. Furnace manufacturers note in their equipment installation guides how much clearance is necessary surrounding their system.
  • Never store items directly next to your furnace. This can limit airflow to the unit, which decreases energy efficiency and cause damage to the system.
  • Certain items should never be stored near a furnace, because they can cause a fire or combust. Combustible materials such as paint or gasoline should be kept in an entirely separate area. Clothing and other fabrics stored near a furnace can catch fire and limit airflow. Cat litter boxes should not be kept in furnace rooms, as ammonia fumes can cause corrosion of the furnace’s heat exchanger. Cleaning solutions should be stored outside the furnace room, in sealed containers.

HVAC.com is your resources for HVAC maintenance tips and tricks. Need professional assistance or to schedule annual preventative maintenance for your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality systems? Search our online Contractor Directory to find a local HVAC maintenance technician who can keep your systems running smoothly and efficiently.


Source: HVAC.com