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Your HVAC system consists of a complex arrangement of different components that work together to keep your home warm or cool. You should learn as much as possible about your system to be able to keep it running for the longest time possible while minimizing your energy costs.

To help you out, we’ve compiled the answers to frequently asked HVAC questions.

Why is preventive HVAC maintenance necessary?
The maintenance tasks performed by an HVAC professional ensure your HVAC equipment operates safely, reliably, and at optimum efficiency. The pro will identify small problems and correct them before they grow into serious breakdowns or failures. You should have both your air conditioner and furnace professionally maintained at least once a year.
How long will my HVAC system last?
Today’s heating and cooling components are designed to last for quite a number of years. You can expect your system to last for 10 to 15 years. However, with regular maintenance, it can last longer.
Does a high-efficiency system save money as claimed?
High-efficiency systems are designed to heat and cool better as well as use less energy. They’ve been proven to reduce energy bills significantly. Often, the monthly savings you get help you recover the upfront costs of a high-efficiency system by around midway through its expected life.
How can I care for my air ducts?
Dirt and moisture can accumulate in your air ducts over time and cause mold and pest infestations. For that reason, you should have your ducts inspected by a pro every three to five years to determine if they need cleaning.
What care does my air filter need?
Air filters must be kept clean to prevent them from impeding airflow and damaging your HVAC equipment. Every month, remove and hold your filter to the light. If the light doesn’t shine through, replace it.
Why is HVAC system size important?
The size of your HVAC system is important because it’ll have an impact on comfort levels as well as efficiency. A system that’s too big will increase your energy costs whereas one that’s too small won’t cool or heat your home efficiently. Your HVAC technician should do a detailed load calculation to establish your heating and cooling needs and find the rightly sized system for your home.
How can I improve my system’s efficiency?
In between professional tuneups, there are certain steps you can take to make your system more efficient. Make sure your air registers are clean and unobstructed, air seal and insulate your home well, replace your air filter regularly, and clean your indoor evaporator coil and outside condenser unit periodically.
For expert answers to your HVAC questions, contact us at B.A. Morrison.

The Castro Valley and East Bay Area communities have relied on us for expert HVAC service, installation, and replacement for more than 26 years.

We provide regularly scheduled maintenance of your HVAC equipment, including furnaces, air conditioning units, and new and replacement heaters. We’re fully insured and bonded, and offer all our services in a timely manner and at fair prices. Get the help you need today by completing our online contact form or calling us at 510-538-9817.

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