Your air filter should be changed on a regular basis but will depend on the specific filter you have. A 1” thick filter should be changed monthly, a 2” thick filter should be changed every other month, and a 4” filter every 6 months. If you have an electronic air cleaner, it should be cleaned every 4-6 months or as needed. Dirty filters create a restriction in your system and can cause a premature system failure. If you wash your filter, make sure it’s completely dry before reinstalling it.

Before each season, we advise you to give your furnace and central air conditioner a professional tune-up. Preventative steps like that will help stop big problems before they start. Our staff will recognize trouble areas and help prevent major malfunctions and minimize expensive repair bills.

Many times, when looking at replacing an HVAC system, you will hear the term SEER come up quite often. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a mathematically determined ratio of the total cooling capacity during normal periods of operation (not to exceed 12 months) divided by the total electric input during the same time period.

The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient a system will be. Any SEER rated system will cool your home the same way, it is just a way of calculating the amount of electricity it will take to get the job done.

The only correct way to size a system for your home or office is by doing a heat load calculation. Load calculations take many things into account including the type of construction, insulation factors, window sizing, door sizing, number of occupants, number and type of lights in the space, and physical orientation of the building.

Any other method of sizing is “just a guess”.

Mini splits are small heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual spaces or rooms. Due to their design, they are extremely energy efficient and allow you to just condition the space(s) needed.

The term “variable speed” refers to the blower motor inside your furnace or air handler. This motor moves at different speeds to control the amount of air being circulated through the ductwork. Variable speed systems have several benefits such as increased air conditioning efficiency, humidity control, better air quality, and increased comfort.

The short answer is “No”. Your home’s HVAC system has been designed to move a certain amount of airflow through the system to operate properly and closing off registers will limit the amount of airflow that can be circulated and cause issues with your system.

While it may sound counterintuitive, turning your heat pump system’s temperature setpoint down at night can cost you more money in electricity due to the amount of run time required to recover back to normal temperatures during the day. A big offset in temperature on a heat pump will require the system to use the emergency heat, which can be very expensive to operate for long periods of time.

At Titan, we realize that purchasing a new HVAC system for your home is no small matter. However, replacing an old system with a new system, which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago, can offer long-term benefits and huge energy savings.

  • In summer, keep your curtains pulled down. This will keep the sun from raising the temperature and allow you to keep your cooling costs down.
  • Keep your filter clean.
  • Have your system tuned up before the summer to make sure everything is running as it should be.

Yes, the coils on your system need to be cleaned regularly. The coils are designed to have a certain amount of airflow moved across them. Dirty coils will slow down the amount of airflow and can cause major issues.

Our technicians have certain tools and chemicals available to help clean out the coils from the inside out, which ensures that they are totally cleaned, not just on the surface.

The short answer is “No”. Emergency heat is also known as electric heat and is a big electric heating coil on your heat pump system. These heaters are effective but are very expensive to run. Your system is designed to run the emergency heat when it needs to at short periods of time during extreme cold and when your heat pump goes into defrost mode.

If you notice that your emergency heat stays on for long periods of time, you should have your system checked out by a professional to keep your electric bill at a minimum.