Choosing a new HVAC system can be a difficult task, one that is made easier with a reliable and trustworthy heating and air conditioning contractor in your area. Generally, your contractor will have suggestions for you, but make sure they know what features are important to you. If high efficiency is high on your list, they’ll suggest systems with a high SEER rating, and EER rating, as many utility companies offer rebates based on the EER rating of your system.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit will perform.
DO NOT do it yourself! However, before calling us out, there are a few things you can check yourself and potentially save a call. Make sure your air conditioner or furnace is plugged in. Check the breakers and make sure none of them are flipped. Also check your thermostat, if you’ve changed your filter recently, you may have forgotten to turn it back on.
How often you need replace your filter is really based on several factors. If you off of, or near, an unpaved road, you will likely need to change your filter every month due to the amount of dust flying through the air. If you have pets with fur, you’ll also want to change it every month, as pet hair definitely clogs up your filter pretty quickly. Same goes if you, or someone in your home, has allergies of any sort, you’ll want to change it monthly to stay on top of eliminating the allergens in the air inside your home. Now, if none of those apply to you, congratulations, that means you should at least check it monthly, but you might just have to replace it bi-monthly.