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What Is Emergency Heat?

Emergency heat is a backup plan for your heater if the temperature is too cold to effectively bring in warm air from outside. This part of your system usually kicks in when the outside temperature drops to 35 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

How Does Emergency Heat Work?

Emergency heat, also known as auxiliary heat, is the backup resource for your heater to produce heat. Most heating systems use an electric source for the emergency heat, but some models do rely on a gas-powered unit.

If you have an electric model, the emergency heat is created by coils inside the air handler. Gas models will be connected to your furnace.

You should never have to turn on your emergency heat manually. It should automatically come on if the temperature outside is not conducive to traditional heating. Having to manually turn on your emergency heat could be an indication of a heater problem. Make sure you call the experts at Comfort Masters Heating & Air Conditioning to inspect your unit and solve the issue.

How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?

Your air filter works hard to ensure that the air you breathe is free of harmful pathogens and other bacteria that can make you and your family sick. Regularly replacing your HVAC system’s air filter helps keep your appliances running properly, your air clean, and your energy costs down. It is recommended that your air filter is changed every three months. If you have a higher-end filter, such as a pleated filter, you can wait until about six months.

Special Health Concerns

If someone in your family has allergies or conditions which affect the lungs, such as asthma, it may be beneficial to replace your filter every month. This ensures that the air within your home remains clean, providing a better and healthier environment for these individuals.

What Can Affect the Lifespan of An Air Filter?

While it is generally recommended that you change your air filter every three months, different conditions may affect the ideal time period. Here are some of the conditions that can affect the lifespan of your air filter.

  • How often you are running your heating and air conditioning system
  • The size of your home, apartment, or business building
  • The quality of air within your home
  • Whether or not you are running a humidifier
  • The presence and number of any pets

Does Humidity Matter in My Home?

HVAC Repairman working on an air conditionerHumidity refers to the amount of moisture that is within the air of your home. Higher or low levels of humidity can negatively impact the comfort level of your home. Too much humidity can feel like a sauna. This can result in condensation forming along your walls, furniture, and floors. Too little humidity can leave your home feeling dry, irritating one’s eyes, skin, and respiratory system.

What Does A Humidifier Do?

A humidifier helps relieve low-humidity conditions within your home. It turns water into a fine mist, which puts extra moisture into the air and makes it easier for you and your family to breathe.

How Often Should I Get My HVAC Unit Serviced?

Your HVAC system should be serviced at least once a year, twice if you want to ensure that your unit is ready for the summer and winter.

What Does an Effective Preventative Maintenance Check Entail?

A proper maintenance check should include the following services;

  • Refrigerant Recharge/Refill
  • Blower Maintenance Check
  • Evaporator Coil Cleaning
  • Electrical Connection Test
  • Unit Cleaning
  • Air Filter Replacement

What Does SEER Mean?

You’ve probably come across the term SEER if you are looking for a new HVAC unit. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This term describes how many watts it takes for your unit to achieve the desired temperature.

This is extremely important since your HVAC unit is one of the biggest energy spenders within your home. When looking to upgrade or invest in a new unit, make sure to pay attention to the SEER number. The higher the number, the better that unit is at implementing the energy that it is using, which will save you money in the long run.

What Does EER Stand For?

EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio which is commonly used to refer to smaller window air conditioning or heating units.

What Is the Difference Between EER and SEER?

Two technicians repairing an industrial air conditionerWhile both of these measurements concern the energy efficiency of a unit, the EER will be a more consistent number. EER does not, however, give you an accurate representation of your future energy costs. The EER ratio can change depending on outside conditions, the set temperature of the air inside of the home, and the humidity.

What Should I Do If My HVAC Unit Breaks Down?

Panicking is the worst thing you can do when something goes wrong. Instead, contact Comfort Masters Heating and Air Conditioning for quick and reliable repairs. We will have your unit up and running in no time. Our dedication to ensuring your house stays comfortable year-long has helped us come up with strategies to keep you warm or cold while you are waiting for us to fix your unit. No matter what problem your unit is facing, our team of trained technicians has the answer. Call Comfort Masters Heating & Air Conditioning today!