One way Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric can help our clients is by answering their heating and air conditioning questions for Lubbock and the surrounding area. Over the years, these are some of the questions we hear most often, so we thought this information could be a big help for you.
How often should I have my home heating system serviced?
Armstrong recommends at least once a year. The benefits of regular tune-ups have been proven time and time again. Your system will run more efficiently and last longer. That’s absolutely true for your cooling system as well. The carefree way to guarantee regular maintenance on both is by signing up for the Armstrong Service Agreement Plan (ASAP).
What is the difference in HVAC Filters?
First, let us just say, “good job!” Everyone should want to learn more about their HVAC filters because they are very important for heating and cooling in Lubbock. According to the Department of Energy website, replacing filters is the single most important HVAC maintenance task. Clean filters can reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.
As for your question, choosing the right filter can be confusing. There are many types available with a wide price range. The best way to compare is with what’s called the MERV rating, which stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. The scale goes from 1 to 16. The higher the rating, the more particles the filter can stop.
Most of you have seen the fiberglass or pleated filters. They remove dust particles, but primarily just the larger ones. Armstrong recommends a more sophisticated purification and filtration system from Lennox or Aprilaire. They are much more effective at removing smaller germs and allergens.
Should I install a carbon monoxide detector and where should it be located?
Yes, yes, and yes again. A CO detector from Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric is the first line of defense against this silent killer. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 people on average every year. Any gas burning device; furnaces, water heaters, boilers, can pose a danger if they are not properly maintained.
What you also need to know is for true safety, a single detector really isn’t enough. The experts recommend having one on every floor of your home. There should be one close to every sleeping area so the alarm can be heard clearly. There should also be one mounted close to the door that goes to your attached garage. A running car can easily fill the house with carbon monoxide. Your CO detector will get the best reading if you mount it about five feet above the floor.
We hope the answers to those common questions are helpful. Just a reminder, there are just a few days left to take advantage of a great heating and cooling offer for your Lubbock, TX home from Armstrong and Lennox. You can save up to $1600 in rebates, or get 0% for up to 72 months on qualifying systems. What better way to make sure your home stays comfortable for the upcoming holiday season. Call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric now! Something wrong? Better call Armstrong.