Frequently Asked Questions

What Does HVAC mean?

HVAC is a general term used to describe a heating and cooling system. It stands for Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning.

What are the different types of HVAC system?

There are lots of different HVAC systems; however the main types are a split heat pump system, split A/C systems, and packaged systems. A split systems have an outdoor unit (A/C or heat pump) and an indoor unit (furnace or air handler). A packaged unit is all contained outside in one “package” with no indoor unit. Split heat pump units are typically all electric and use refrigerant and strip heaters to heat and cool your home. Split A/C systems are typically gas/electric using refrigerant to cool your home and a gas furnace to heat your home. Packaged units can be gas and electric with various combinations. Recommended systems are usually based on how your current home is set up.

How long does a HVAC system last?

There is a variety of factors that can affect the lifespan of a HVAC.The average lifespan for a residential HVAC system is typically 10 to 15 years if they are regularly maintained. Some air conditioners can last up to 20.

Do I need to have my system serviced, even if its “new”?

An HVAC system is just like having or buying a new car. In the same way that an automobile requires periodic maintenance for optimal performance, a HVAC should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician. In fact, a lot of brands require you to show proof of regular maintenance in order to process any warranties.

How often should I have my HVAC system serviced?

A&E Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. recommends twice as some seasons may be harder on your system from year to year. It doesn't matter how old your system is or what kind of system you have, or how big your HVAC system is, to maintain the best efficiency and to catch early warning signs of potential HVAC breakdowns your system should be inspected and serviced at least once a year.

How often do I need to change my HVAC filters?

You should at least check your filters every 30 days. How often you need to replace them depends on how often you run your HVAC and the environment you live in.

Should I be concerned about Indoor Air Quality?

Many people believe that their heating and cooling system is already cleaning the air, but believe it or not, the quality of the air inside your home is probably worse than it is outside. The standard 1” filter found in most home HVAC systems are designed primarily to only keep out pet hair and feather like things from entering and damaging equipment. So whenever you system turns on it circulates all the dust, debris, mold spores, bacteria's, pet dander and pollen that have not been removed. A&E Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide variety of Indoor Air Quality products such as Media Filters and UV lights that will prevent air born bacteria's and allergens from circulating through you home. Installing an Indoor Air Quality product will also help your HVAC system to run more efficiently and even extend the life span of the equipment.

How much does it cost to replace my current HVAC system?

Because everyone's home is different and there are many things to consider when replacing your system, it is very hard to give a price. A&E Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. provides free estimates for new system installations. A&E will not only provide you with a price for new equipment, we also look at your current duct work and electrical to make sure that the new system will be up to code and work at its most efficiency with your existing duct work set up.

What does SEER mean?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating. Systems today are typically starting at 14-SEER. The higher the SEER number, the better the rating, and the lower your heating/cooling utility bills will be. There also may be discounts or rebates available from your energy/gas provider for installing a new higher SEER HVAC system.