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HVAC FAQs in Port St Lucie, FL

At Kuebler Mechanical, we get a lot of HVAC FAQs from our clients about how their home’s heating and air conditioning units work, how to maximize their comfort in their home, and troubleshooting queries. Today, our techs are answering some of our customers’ most common residential HVAC FAQs!

What does HVAC mean?

HVAC is an acronym that stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, the furnace/heater, air conditioner, and ductwork that regulates your home’s temperature.

What is my warranty on my air conditioner?

Your warranty varies according to the brand, but many offer a five-year warranty on their products.

To find yours, look for the label on the outside of the unit, which has the production date and model number, then go to the brand’s website to learn more.

What do the noises from my air conditioner mean?

Your heating and cooling units should operate fairly quietly, although some noises are expected, like when you turn the unit on or run the fan.

However, if you hear a whooshing sound when the air conditioner turns on, or if you’re hearing loud banging, knocking, or rattling when your air conditioner or heater is operational, then it probably means there’s a loose or broken part that needs to be replaced.

What size air conditioner do I need?

The size of your unit, its SEER rating and number of BTUs, and the output all depend on how large your home is, how many windows are in it, and how many occupants there are.

Another consideration when determining the size of unit you need is where the system will go. Some homes only have a small area to place the HVAC system, so your replacement will need to fit in that area.

What is a tune-up for my HVAC appliance, and do I need one?

An air conditioner seasonal tune-up refers to regular maintenance for your heat pump, heater, condenser, coils of your air conditioner.

It includes inspecting the unit for loose or worn parts and replacing them, cleaning the unit, and making sure that it’s able to run at its most efficiently.

How frequently do I need to change my air filter?

If you or someone in your house has allergies or another respiratory condition, then you may wish to change your filter every 60 days or so.

And, if you have pets in your house or live somewhere with a high pollen count, it’s also better to change your filter more often. Otherwise, about every three to four months should be the right frequency to change your air filter.

Is my indoor air quality making me sick?

It could be! If you have mold or mildew in your house, the spores it emits can cause damage to your respiratory system when you breathe them in. Or, people who have allergies, COPD, or another kind of respiratory condition can get sick more often with excess pet dander or pollen in the air.

Plus, without regular ductwork cleaning and changing your air filter, the bacteria and viruses in your house can get recirculated, making everyone inside sick over and over again.

How can I make my indoor air smell better?

Air fresheners and sprays only cover up the underlying odors in the air. The best way to make the air in your house smell fresher is to install an indoor air purification system.

It removes the odor-causing elements from your home, like smoke, bacteria, or pet odors. And, regular ductwork cleaning removes the dirt and debris that circulates from your home, making the air quality better for you and smell better, too.

How does a home humidifier work?

A whole-home humidifier operates just like a smaller space humidifier in that it turns water into steam, which adds moisture to the air in a room.

Whole-home humidifiers add more moisture to your house, which can help alleviate the effects of dry air on your skin. It’s connected to your home’s HVAC appliances and operates while the units are running.

What is the popping sound I hear in my walls when my HVAC system is running?

Ductwork popping could either be caused by a faulty design causing the pieces to shake as air flows through them or by loose connections between different pieces of the ductwork.

A professional HVAC tech, like the ones at Kuebler Mechanical, can inspect your ductwork and recommend the next steps.

Why does my home's HVAC system need regular maintenance?

Just like your car, your house’s heating and air conditioning units need regular preventative maintenance to perform at their best.

This includes cleaning the debris from the moving parts, which causes excess friction, and replacing worn parts before they break and cause bigger problems. Read the Top 4 Maintenance Tips

Do You Need Heating and Cooling Service?

Call the pros at Kuebler Mechanical for answers to all your HVAC FAQs! Our techs are NATE-Certified and can work on all brands and models. Contact us today for repair, replacement, or service.

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