When should I replace my AC unit?
You will normally need to replace an AC unit every 10-15 years. However, sometimes major issues with the system may mean that replacement is required earlier. The best way to make this less likely to happen is to make sure that you stick to the correct maintenance and storage instructions.
What is that burning smell when I turn on my electric heat for the first time each year?
When you first turn on your heat after it has been switched off, the dust on the heater is burned off. This creates the burning smell. It’s normal for this to happen. If the smell does not vanish in a few hours, you should check the condition of the air filters.
What’s the difference between a Heat Pump and a Furnace?
A furnace heats your home using combustion. The oil or gas in the furnace is burned in the combustion chamber. The resulting hot air is forced out through ductwork by a fan. On the other hand, a heat pump pulls air in from outside and uses it to heat your home slowly.
What is a home plumbing inspection and why would I need one if nothing’s wrong?
A home plumbing inspection is a thorough inspection of the plumbing and associated systems in your home. The inspection should include drainage systems, toilets, water supply, water heater, venting and fixtures. Having inspections carried out on a regular basis means that potential issues can be spotted before they cause a real problem.
Why Is My Air Conditioner Making a Weird Noise?
There are many different noises that an air conditioner can make. Banging and clanking sounds can indicate loose parts. Constant clicking can suggest that the controls are not working as they should do. Buzzing can mean that there are loose parts or problems with the fan motors. If you have any worries about the noises that your air conditioner is making you should have the system checked out.
Why should I have regular (or preventative) maintenance? And how often should I have it performed?
Regular maintenance helps to identify issues before they cause major problems and become more expensive. You should have your systems maintained annually. It makes sense to have your heating system maintained in the Fall and your air conditioning system checked in Spring.
How can I lower my electric bill this summer?
There are several things that you can do to reduce your electric bill when summer arrives. You should only turn on your air conditioning when you need it. You should also use a programmable thermostat for increased efficiency. Making sure that your home insulation is in good condition and using natural ventilation are also important steps to take.
What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?
You can get several different benefits from having a programmable thermostat. These benefits include saving money on energy costs, maintaining a consistent temperature in your home, less time-consuming adjustments to be made, increasing energy-efficient and optimizing the performance of your HVAC system.
What type of filter should I use? And how often should I replace it?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that you should choose a filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 13 or higher. It’s a good idea to choose a filter with the highest rating that your system allows. The manufacturer provides suggestions about how often you should change your filters. The EPA suggests that filters should be changed every two to three months.
What is the life expectancy of my unit?
On average a basic AC unit is expected to last for 10-15. HVAC systems have a life expectancy of 15-25 years. If you make sure that your unit is maintained annually, it’s more likely to reach its full life expectancy. This is important if you want to get the best value for your investment.
How do I know if my air quality is poor?
There are certain symptoms that are linked to poor air quality. These symptoms include dry and irritated eyes, a dry throat, dry skin, headaches, fatigue, difficulty with breathing, allergies, congestion, sneezing and dizziness.
What are the benefits of clean ducts?
Making sure that ducts are clean makes good sense. This is because you get advantages of benefits including, a cleaner place to live, less likelihood of allergies, easier breathing for everyone in the home, the removal of unpleasant smells and better airflow.
What are home zoning and air balancing?
Home zoning and air balancing can be used to help improve energy efficiency in your home. Together, they involve testing and adjusting your air conditioning system to achieve the right balance for different rooms and areas of your home.
What are the benefits of duct sealing?
Sealing the ducts in your home helps to prevent chemicals and dust particles from getting in from outside. This improves the quality of the air inside your home. As the air quality improves, people in the property can breathe more easily. This is especially useful for people who suffer from asthma or have allergies.
How to tell if I have a heat pump or conventional system?
The best way to tell if you have a heat pump is to switch the unit on. Once hot air is coming through the vents, you should go outside. If you see that the outdoor unit is running then you have a heat pump. The reason that you know this is the case is that heat pumps bring air from outside in, to heat your home.
Do you have emergency services?
Yes, Elite Heating & AC provides a 24 hr emergency call-out service.
What areas do you serve?
The areas served by Elite Heating & AC are Las Vegas, Southern Highlands, Anthem, Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Even Hills, Green Valley, Henderson and Mountain’s Edge.