Air Conditioning FAQ

How often should I check/replace my air filter?

We suggest filters should be checked monthly. If you have a disposable type filter, (these commonly have a cardboard edge), if its dirty just replace it – DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN IT! Some high efficiency filters can go up to three months before needing replacement. When replacing, keep in mind that filters are directional – the air is meant to flow in a certain direction. Look for an arrow indicating direction of airflow.

If you have a permanent-type filter follow these steps to clean:

  • Step 1 – Turn thermostat to “off’ position locate and remove the air filter
  • Step 2 – Using a garden hose spray off filter from both sides. If filter is very dirty you can repeat this process several times.
  • Step 3 – Shake off access water. We recommend letting the filter sit out to completely dry before reinstalling it.
  • Step 4 – Slide the dry filter back into the rack, noting its faced in the proper direction of airflow. Next turn your thermostat back to “on.”

NOTE: Some systems have more than one filter, and they can be different sizes. If you are unsure about how to locate and clean your filter Call us today and schedule maintenance.

What size system do I need to properly cool my home?

Too big
We get this question a lot. It is important to choose the right system for your house. A system that is too large will cool your house quickly, but might leave you uncomfortable. That’s because it will satisfy the thermostat setting before it can remove sufficient moisture from the air leaving you sticky and humid. This could also lead to moisture and mold problems.

Too small
On the other hand, a system that is too small just won’t get the job done and wear out prematurely due to being taxed running constantly.

Just Right
The correct size system will be determined by the type of house, and walls, type of windows and direction they face, type of insulation used throughout the home, if it has a basement or attic, the direction the house is orientated etc. A professional HVAC company like, LLC is the best direction to take when making this type of an investment. We will come out and do a room by room calculation and a heat loss/heat gain analysis to provide the details necessary to choose the correct size system to provide your home with optimum results for efficiency and year-round comfort.

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