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FAQ

We know you have a lot of questions when it comes to the systems and equipment in your home.

For any unanswered questions, please feel free to contact us at (651) 867-7216

GENERAL HVAC

GENERAL HVAC

what does hvac mean?

This acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. These are the systems that regulate airflow and temperature in your home, and require professional training to install and maintain safely, just like the electrical wiring in your house. Northern Climate Experts do general HVAC work, but also work with water heaters, fireplaces, sheet metal, and much more!

what size hvac system should I get for my home?

Sizing the equipment load requires the consideration of several factors. Ceiling height, construction, window size and placement and dozens of other variables all need to be taken into account when properly sizing a heating and/or cooling system. A professionally conducted load calculation is the foundation of an effective system. 

A system that is too large could result in a home that’s too humid, causing problems with moisture and mold. A system that is too small will run constantly, running up your energy bill. Only a qualified heating and cooling technician can determine what size unit is best for your home.

Why should I purchase a new heating or air conditioning system?

Purchasing a heating or air conditioning system is no small matter. However, if your existing system is old, in need of repair or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit, one which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago, can offer long-term benefits. 

If I replace my outdoor unit, do I also need to replace my indoor unit? 

In most cases, the answer is yes. There are a variety of reasons why you should replace both the outdoor and indoor units simultaneously. For starters, air conditioning and outdoor heat pump units are manufactured to work with a matched indoor unit. When you mix and match units, it can result in reduced efficiency and performance.

Also, if you bought your indoor and outdoor units at the same time, your indoor unit will probably be approaching the end of its useful life at about the same time as the outdoor unit. By not replacing the indoor unit too, all you’re doing is delaying the inevitable and likely paying higher energy bills at the same time.

By purchasing indoor and outdoor units simultaneously, you’ll get a warranty covering the whole system, meaning that you won’t have to cover the full cost of any needed repairs to your unit during the warranty period. Northern Climate Experts can do full installs of both your indoor and outdoor units!

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

preventive
maintenance

Why should I perform preventive maintenance on my hvac systems?

Heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your household. The constant stopping, starting and continual operation can wear down a machine quickly and unexpectedly if the proper care and maintenance is delayed. However, by performing preventive maintenance, or servicing your system regularly, you can maximize the life-cycle of your heating or cooling unit and guard against many unexpected failures. Preventive maintenance inspections performed on a regular basis can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires and corroded electrical contacts.

What equipment requires preventive maintenance?

At least once a year, we suggest that homeowners schedule a professional tune-up for the central heating and cooling system in their home. Inspections on boiler and furnace systems should include duct work, pipes, dampers, valves, the chimney, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, the gas meter, oil tank and every part of the actual furnace and boiler. Meanwhile, heat pump and air conditioning unit inspections should also include inspections of the fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils and refrigerant lines.

HEATING SYSTEMS

Heating systems

how does a furnace work?

A forced-air furnace heats your home through a heating cycle that looks like this: Natural gas or propane is ignited in the furnace's burner. The flames heat up a metal heat exchanger, and the exhaust flows out of the flue. The heat exchanger transfers its heat to incoming cold air. The furnace's blower forces the heated air into the ductwork and distributes it throughout the home. As the warm air fills each room, the colder, denser air is drawn back into the furnace via the return ducts, repeating the process.

how often should I schedule maintenance for my Furnace?

All furnace manufacturers recommend that you have yearly maintenance performed by a qualified technician. Annual maintenance, including a thorough examination and cleaning of the parts that commonly malfunction, like the air filter, the fan, the pilot light, and the heat exchanger, can usually prevent performance problems.

what is the typical lifespan of a furnace?

A well-maintained furnace can last at least 15 to 20 years, but completing annual maintenance and being diligent with repairs can extend its life even longer.

How do I know if my heating  system needs service?

Won't Turn On - When your unit won’t startup, it could just be a troubleshooting issue. It could also be the sign of a bigger problem.

Takes Longer to Heat Up - If it's taking longer than normal for your space to heat up, your furnace might be working harder than it should be.

Increase in Energy Bill - If your energy bill is significantly higher than previous years, it may be time for service or replacement.

Date of Last Service - All furnace manufacturers recommend that you have yearly maintenance performed by a qualified technician.

Yellow Pilot Light - The pilot light that runs inside the furnace should be a clean, bright blue color. If it looks yellow, that could be a sign that your furnace has a carbon monoxide leak.

Excess Dust Near Furnace Vents - When vent filters have been in use for too long, you might notice dust buildup around the vents.

Strange Noises - Loud, sudden or unusual noises can signal big problems with your heating system. Rattling or buzzing noises can indicate a loose part, while whistling or grinding noises can signal something more serious.

Frequent Cycles - A malfunctioning furnace is often indicated by frequent cycles.

What does furnace maintenance typically include?

Furnace maintenance or a furnace tune-up involves checking, cleaning, adjusting, lubricating, and testing all the system's essential components. Homeowners should get a furnace tune-up at least once every year, or before the cold season begins.

what are the benefits of a ductless heat pump?

Unlike hydronic (hot water) heaters, radiant panels, and space heaters, ductless heat pumps are generally easier to install and more energy efficient. Usually about four internal units can be connected to a single external unit to create heating “zones” to focus the warmth where you need it and save money.

COOLING SYSTEMS

Cooling systems

how does an air conditioning system work?

Air conditioners have four parts: evaporator, compressor, condenser, and expansion device. Central air systems have both an indoor and outdoor component. Your air conditioner takes in warm air and removes its heat by running it through a compressor that condenses and circulates the refrigerant through an outdoor unit. AC units change hot gas into a liquid that is forced through the indoor cooling compartment. As the cooled liquid makes its way through the indoor compartment, the expansion device regulates the flow of liquid refrigerant into the evaporator, where it is transformed back into a gas and released back into your home through your ductwork.

how often should I schedule maintenance for my ac unit?

It’s recommended that you service your home air conditioning system at least once every year. While it’s always a good idea to do some regular check-ins and cleaning throughout the year to make sure your system is running smoothly, a once-annual air conditioner service appointment is always essential. The best time of year to schedule air conditioner maintenance is during the spring. One of the main reasons for this is that you want to get your cooling systems ready before those months in the year when you need it most.

what is the typical lifespan of an AC unit?

While there are a lot of factors that impact the lifespan of a home air conditioning system, in general, a good AC unit lasts between 10-15 years. Keep in mind that high-quality, regular care and maintenance will almost always extend the life of your system.

How do I know if my cooling system needs service?

Warm Air - When you feel warm air blowing out of your home’s vents. 

Insufficient Air - A blockage may be preventing air from moving through your home’s ductwork efficiently.

Frequent Cycles - Your cooling system shouldn’t cycle on and off constantly.

High Humidity - Your AC unit should moderate humidity levels automatically.

Water Leaks - Pooled water or an active leak around your AC unit is an important sign that your cooling system isn’t running properly. 

Bad Odors - If you smell unpleasant odors and suspect that they’re coming from your HVAC system, you’ll want to deal with it right away.

Unusual Noises - Loud, sudden or unusual noises can signal big problems with your cooling system. Rattling or buzzing noises can indicate a loose part, while whistling or grinding noises can signal something more serious.

what does ac maintenance typically include?

The two most basic AC maintenance items are regularly scheduled filter changes, and condenser / evaporator coil cleaning. Both of these tasks ensure that you are getting proper air flow in your system, and allowing the equipment to work as it is designed. If your system is belt-driven, we will also monitor & replace belts as they begin to get cracked and worn. If belt replacements aren’t performed regularly, your belt will ultimately break, which prevents the system from providing any air flow.

What should I do if my ac unit is frozen?

Never run your AC if the system is frozen. You can turn off the breaker switch in your home controlling the AC to let the coils thaw, and then call Northern Climate Experts. We can help thaw the coils and dry them completely for safe use.

what is a ductless mini-split system?

A ductless mini-split system is a popular cooling solution for homes without central air ducts. With one unit attached outside and one or more small units mounted on a wall inside, the “split” system draws air in, cools it, and ventilates back out without the need for installing ductwork.

WATER HEATERS

water heaters

What Are the Different types of water heaters?

There are two basic water heater types: tank and tankless. A traditional tank model stores and preheats water in a tank, which is delivered when someone in your home turns on a hot water faucet or operates an appliance such as a dishwasher or washing machine.

A tankless water heater has no storage tank. Instead, as the cold water travels through a pipe, it’s heated by a gas burner or an electric element. Unlike a tank model, a tankless unit can deliver hot water on demand.

What Are the Pros and Cons of a tankless and tank water heater?

Advantages of a traditional tank water heater include a much lower initial installation cost and easier serviceability when something goes wrong. On the downside, a tank heater tends to result in higher utility bills — they heat and reheat water at a predetermined temperature, regardless of your specific needs. However, a smaller tank could lead to your running out of water in the middle of a shower.

A tankless water heater’s benefits include a smaller size — due to the absence of a storage tank — which requires less storage space. The on-demand feature eliminates concerns about running out of hot water. Tankless units are also much more energy-efficient than tank versions and typically have a longer lifespan. However, a tankless water heater can cost up to twice as much as a traditional model. It may also require retrofitting, which can significantly increase the installation cost.

What Type of Water Heater should I get?

A tank water heater may be your best option if upfront costs are a concern, although a tankless water heater will be more economical in the long term.

Fuel source cost is another consideration — tank heaters can run on natural gas, electricity, oil, propane or solar power, while tankless models only offer a choice between natural gas and electricity. A tankless water heater also makes sense for smaller homes with limited space.

What Size Water Heater Should I get?

Water heater sizes vary widely. If you are purchasing a tank water heater, choose a model with a gallon capacity that conforms to the size of your household. For example, for a home with one or two residents, a 23 – 36 gallon tank is usually sufficient. For larger households of five or more people, you will likely need a gallon capacity of 56 or higher.

The best tankless water heater size depends on how much hot water you need at any specific time. Tankless water heater output is based on flow rate and is measured in gallons per minute (GPM). Generally, the more fixtures and appliances you operate at one time, the higher the flow rate capacity you will require from your water heater.

what is the typical lifespan of a water heater?

The life expectancy of a traditional heater is 10-15 years, while a tankless model can last 20 years or longer. Water quality and water treatment can effect this number. Replacing the sacrificial anode rod helps to extend the life of your water heater maximizing your investment.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Replace My Water Heater?

Age is a key factor when considering a water heater replacement. Other indicators of a possible need for replacement include leaks, a longer time for water to get hot, rumbling noises during operation, water that exhibits a rusty color, and having no hot water.

Why Do I Keep Running Out of Hot Water?

If your hot water keeps running out much faster than it used to, your home is likely in need of water heater repairs. Your water heater could have a broken dip tube, which should prevent cold and warm water from mixing in your tank. Another possible problem could be that the lower heating element in your electric water heater has failed. While some of these issues can be fixed with repairs, it may be necessary to plan for a new water heater installation in the near future.

Why is The Water Taking So Long to Heat Up?

Slow wait times generally have to do with the plumbing in the home, and are rarely cause for concern. Ranch-style houses tend to have longer pipelines, which means it takes longer for warm water to reach the faucet. You might need to call plumbing or sewer line repair services to alter your home’s water circulation system to remedy this issue.

Why is My Water Heater Leaking?

Water heaters can spring many different kinds of leaks. Though you might not think a leak is something to worry about, according to Plumbing Manufacturers International, 13.7% of all water use is the result of leaks. If you notice your water heater is losing water, take a closer look. Sometimes, the internal tank has a crack, or one of the pipe fittings has become loose. Try to see where the leak is coming from to better explain the issue to water heater repair services over the phone. While leaks with a definite source can often be patched or repaired, a widespread leaking problem could mean that your whole system needs replacement.

How can I lower energy costs from my hot water heater?

Lower Temperature Setting - Typically the temperature preset from the manufacturer is set at 140 degrees. You can lower the thermostat to 120 degrees and still have comfortably hot showers. In the summertime, or while on extended vacation, a setting of 110 degrees can save you money and lower your energy costs.

Replace Shower Heads with Low Flow Heads - Many shower heads today come with plenty of pressure and less water usage. With these, you will still get a long, hot shower that saves on water and money going down the drain.

Perform a Sediment Flush - Some locations in water heaters are notorious for mineral-rich, sedimentary water. Flushing the water heater in these areas can extend its life and save on energy costs. Once sediment is allowed to build up and solidify, it can be almost impossible to remove from residential model water heaters. The sediment is similar to coral, and makes your water heater work harder. To prevent this solidification a homeowner can flush the heater periodically, typically once a year.

Inspect Regularly For Leaks - Leaking hot water not only does damage to the surrounding area, but causes the tank to heat much more frequently.

What Does a Water Heater’s Energy Factor (EF) Mean?

EF is a measurement of a water heater’s overall efficiency. The EF rating is calculated by comparing the energy in the heated water to the unit’s total daily energy consumption.

Water heaters with higher EF ratings typically feature lower operating costs than those with a lower EF figure. While high-EF water heaters are more expensive, they generally pay for themselves by providing greater long-term energy savings.

HOME HUMIDIFIERS

Home Humidifiers

What is a whole-house humidifier?

A  whole-house humidifier, which can also be thought of as a “central humidifier”, is connected to the home’s hot air ducts and cold air return. It can either work with or independently from the heating/cooling system.

When the humidifier is switched on, water accumulates inside of a collection tray. The air passing through the heating/cooling ducts will then travel through the collection tray, pick up moisture, cycle through the furnace, and then finally returns to the duct system where the moisture-laden air is distributed into your home.

What is a Bypass humidifier?

Bypass humidifiers add moisture to warm air via a furnace. These types of humidifiers take warm air from the home’s heating ducts and pass it through a water tray. This allows the air to collect moisture which is then delivered back into the house.

You can have a bypass humidifier installed on the supply or return plenum of your central air system. Bypass humidifiers typically need to drain their water supply, however. So if you don’t have a floor drain, you can always have a drainless bypass humidifier installed. These reuse their water supply, meaning that they use less water.

What is a fan powered humidifier?

The only real difference between a fan-powered humidifier and a bypass humidifier is that the former uses a fan to push air through the water tray for increased water evaporation. Fan-powered humidifiers are able to produce up to a gallon more of humidity per day compared to bypass humidifiers. They’re also more energy-efficient, as the internal fan uses the same amount of electricity as a 25-watt light bulb. Because this is a powered flow-through system, it doesn’t require a bypass duct, which allows it to be installed in smaller spaces. A power whole-house humidifier is great for homes built on slabs, or with HVAC systems in a closet.

What is a steam humidifier?

Steam humidifiers work by electrically boiling water to create humidity in the form of steam. The steam is then picked up and pushed throughout the ventilation system. Steam humidifiers are the fastest and most efficient way to increase and maintain a good level of humidity in your home. Steam whole-house humidifiers also provide the purest and most natural form of humidity that you can have within your home, and are able to run moisture regardless of the condition of your heating/cooling system.

How humid should my home be?

The optimum indoor range is around 35% relative humidity, but 30% to 40% tends to work best for many homes.

Energy savings is just one benefit of keeping the proper humidity level. You will actually feel warmer and more comfortable in humidified air, so you can turn your thermostat down about 2 degrees (saving money), and still feel just as warm. 

Why is regulating humidity important?

Too much humidity in your home can cause dust mites to reproduce and agitate allergies. Many other common allergies, such as mold, also thrive in humid environments and can lead to health problems such as asthma and respiratory infections. Too little humidity can also lead to problems such as dry nose and skin. Excessive dryness can also damage wood and cause damage to your furniture and floors, such as shrinking and even cracking. 

FIREPLACES

Fireplaces

What is a fireplace insert, and why might I need one?

Fireplace inserts are stoves that are installed in existing fireplace openings converting inefficient open fireplaces into energy-efficient stoves.  Inserts can be designed to use wood, gas or wood pellets for fuel.  Fireplace inserts can also be used to convert a wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace.

Can I install a fireplace myself?

Fireplaces burn fuel inside your home. When done right, a fireplace is an amazing device that provides warmth and appeals to your home. When done wrong, a fireplace can be a severe safety hazard.Fireplaces should only be installed by licensed, certified, professionals.In addition to safety, the professional installation also ensures that the manufacturer’s warranty remains in effect, and that your installation is compliant with the building codes.

How do gas fireplaces vent?

You do not need a chimney for a gas fireplace. The majority of gas fireplaces and inserts are direct vent (DV). This means they have a fixed glass front which seals the gas burner and combustion firebox off from your home. 100% of the combustion air used by the fireplace comes from outside the home through a coaxial pipe. A smaller pipe inside the larger pipe eliminates all combustible gases, maintaining indoor air quality. The vent can be run horizontally through an outside wall, or vertically through the roof, depending on your preference.

How often should a gas fireplace be serviced?

There are a few different types of gas fireplaces: vented gas logs, ventless gas logs, and direct vent.

Vented gas logs are a very attractive option, but they put off little heat. They go into a fireplace that is capable of burning wood. Soot gets built up on the logs, so it’s necessary for them to be cleaned yearly. Rarely do vented logs build up so much soot that the chimney needs to be cleaned, but the logs can get a good amount of build-up on them.

Vent-free (or ventless) are the most common type of gas logs in the United States. They aren’t as attractive as vented logs, but they produce a lot of heat. A downside to them is that they also produce odor and moisture. This type of log is the most critical to get checked annually. It’s not vented to the outdoors, so if it malfunctions or produces soot or carbon monoxide the gas will enter your living space, which can be fatal. We recommend that any home that has gas to it has a carbon monoxide monitor that is less than 5 years old.

The last type of gas fireplaces, direct vent, are most notably distinguished because they are most likely to have permanent glass between you and the fire. Direct vent gas fireplaces offer the best of both worlds, meaning they are very attractive and put out a lot of heat. The glass can get a white film on the inside that needs to be cleaned. The controls and burners also need to be inspected to ensure they continue to operate properly.

How often should a wood-burning fireplace be serviced?

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) handbook for chimneys and fireplaces is a government-adopted manual on fireplaces. It outlines that a wood-burning fireplace should be inspected once a year to see if it needs to be swept out, and to check for any defects.

Defects may include any damage or cracks that should be repaired. It can also include any blockages. Defects or blockages can lead to house fires, so it’s critical to have a professional check your chimney annually.

A chimney should be swept when the amount of creosote build-up is ¼ of an inch for masonry fireplaces, or ⅛ of an inch for metal or factory-built fireplaces. Build-up can vary from top to bottom, so it’s important for a CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) certified chimney sweep to inspect the system, and make sure that it is properly operational.

How often should an electric fireplace be serviced?

Unless they break, there’s almost no need to have an electric fireplace serviced. Higher-end models of electric fireplaces have an air filter in the back that could need to be replaced, cleaned, or inspected on an annual basis.

How can I get rid of fireplace odors?

Wood-burning fireplaces sometimes give off distinctive odors. These depend somewhat on the type of wood that is being used. Odors may also accompany gas fireplaces. Among old fireplaces, unusual smells may indicate a need for thorough cleaning. Adhesives for surround materials could also lead to fireplace odors. If you find odd smells coming from your fireplace, we recommend service and cleaning.

Can I operate my fireplace during a power outage?

Most gas and wood-burning fireplaces work seamlessly during power outages. However, select fireplaces possess electrical components, which make the successful operation less likely in the event of a power outage. Additionally, many pellet inserts require electricity to operate. Northern Climate Experts can help you determine how your fireplace might respond to a power outage. We can also help you select a unit that will work regardless of whether your home has power.

What if my fireplace is rarely used?

Even if your fireplace is rarely used, the NFPA recommends that all chimneys be cleaned and inspected annually to avoid a fire hazard.

Fireplaces are a wonderful asset to any home, and an annual cleaning & inspection is the best way to preserve their integrity.

AIR DUCTS

Air ducts

Why should I have my air ducts cleaned?

For Better Health - Contaminants in your HVAC system can aggravate asthma and allergies. Our duct cleaning process can help eliminate bacteria and fungus to improve the air quality in your home.

For A Cleaner Environment - Less dust and dirt means a cleaner environment. Cleaning your air duct system can help maintain a cleaner home, requiring less dusting.

For Better Efficiency - Cleaning your air duct system helps your HVAC system run more efficiently, resulting in less run time and lower heating and cooling bills. Cleaning your air duct system can also extend the life of your heating and air conditioning equipment.

New Homes and Renovation Work - Your new home may not be as clean as you think. During construction, your air duct system is open, allowing wood shavings, drywall dust, dirt, trash, and carpet fibers to settle or be swept into your system. Cleaning your air duct system is the only way to thoroughly remove these contaminates.

What are the preventive maintenance measures for Air ducts?

Although modern technology has made significant advances in air filters over the past decade, a fractional amount of dust still finds its way past heating and cooling filters and into your home’s ducts. As this dust accumulates throughout your home, it creates the perfect environment for the growth of mold, mites and harmful bacteria. To check your ducts for dust buildup, pull off several supply and return registers and see how much dust has accumulated in the system. If you choose to clean your system, your best option is to contact a professional duct cleaner.

Duct cleaning may not have a huge effect on the actual air quality, but it will eliminate a house-wide breeding ground for harmful bacteria and mold in addition to helping your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently. If you are installing a new system, you should consider cleaning the ducts at the same time. New systems are often more powerful than old systems, and can stir up dust that is sitting in the existing duct work.

Why are my ducts making a popping sound when the furnace starts or stops? 

Popping noises are usually indicative of ducts that are too small to manage the airflow your system is generating. The qualified air conditioner repair specialists at Northern Climate Experts can evaluate your ductwork and make necessary adjustments.

FILTERS

Filters

Why do I need to change my air filters regularly?

Regular filter replacement helps your heating and cooling system operate at peak levels, and improves indoor air quality. It is important to change filters regularly to ensure proper airflow, and to keep your home free from dust, allergens, and germs. Your service technician at Northern Climate Experts can recommend filtering and purification options, and a replacement schedule for your unit.

How often should I replace my air filters?

The frequency of filter replacement largely depends on the type of filter you have. You should never try to clean a disposable filter—they should always be disposed of and replaced. Some high-efficiency filters can go up to three months without cleaning or replacement, but it’s best to check your filters monthly, especially if you run your system often.

What type of filter should I be using?

Standard furnace filters work well to keep your system and its duct work clean, but they don’t really improve indoor air quality. To do that, you need a media filter. The media filter rests between the main return duct and the blower cabinet, and will improve dust and particle removal by up to 7x that of a standard furnace filter. However, upgrading to a pleated media filter will remove everything from insecticide dust to airborne viruses from the filtered air.

A media filter can have a life exceeding two years, and its only drawback is that its tight fiber weave can cause your furnace to have to work harder to blow air through the house. Always choose a filter that matches your blower’s capacity.

Where are my air filters located?

Different systems have different filter locations. Usually, there is a removable filter access door in the return air duct next to the furnace or indoor unit. This can be in a basement, crawl-space, utility closet, garage, or attic.

 

Sometimes, especially with older systems, the filter is located inside the furnace itself, next to the blower motor. And some systems have a central filter grille installed in a wall or ceiling. The grille swings open, revealing the air filter.

Some systems, especially larger ones, may have more than one air filter. They can even be different sizes. If you have more than one heating and/or air conditioning system, then you definitely have more than one air filter.

How do i clean my permanent (non - cardboard) filters?

Step 1 - With the thermostat in the off position, locate and remove your air filter.

Step 2 - Using a garden hose with good water pressure, spray off the filter - from both sides. You can repeat this process several times if the filter is very dirty. Just be careful not to use too much pressure, or damage could be done to the filter media. When the water runs clear and the filter is clean you are ready for the next step.

Step 3 - Shake off the excess water. It is a good idea to let the filter sit out and completely dry before reinstalling it. But if it is still a little damp, you can go ahead and re-install it.

Step 4 - Slide the air filter back into the rack, noting proper airflow direction, and you are done. Now you can turn your thermostat back on and remember to do this again next month.

ENERGY SAVINGS

energy savings

Where can I find information about energy efficiency tax rebates from city, state, and federal sources?

We recommend visiting the State Energy Conservation Office, which compiles resources to track down these rebates! Also be sure to check with your electrical utility company, as they sometimes offer rebate programs for installing energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems.

How can i lower my energy bills?

  • Install a programmable thermostat so you don’t waste air conditioning or heat while you’re not at home.

  • Switch your incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient light bulbs, like compact fluorescents (CFLs) or LEDs.

  • Install ceiling fans and, when you can, use them instead of your air conditioning to cool you down.

  • Unplug any appliance that you’re not using. While it may not be turned on, it will still use power from your electrical outlet.

  • Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly so that they don’t let air in and make your HVAC system work harder.

WARRANTIES

WARRANTIES

What type of warranty is included with a new hvac system?

Manufacturers provide different warranties for their HVAC units, but a standard warranty should offer at least ten years of coverage. You can also extend your system’s lifespan through preventative maintenance services offered by Northern Climate Experts.

How do I find out if my unit is under warranty? 

Check the label on the outer surface of your equipment to determine its manufacture date. If it’s less than five years old, there’s a good chance that your equipment is covered by a warranty. Contact the manufacturer for more details.

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