FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SIZE SYSTEM DO I NEED FOR MY HOME?
It is important that new or replacement equipment is not sized by guessing the proper size or just replacing the existing equipment capacity. The only accurate way to determine the correct capacity of heating and air conditioning equipment for your home is to have a load calculation performed on your home, which gives your dealer the heat gain and heat loss design data for your home, which is used to select the appropriately sized air conditioning or heating system for your home.
The factors which determine the size or capacity of the new system are the square feet to be cooled and heated, climate, humidity, number of windows, insulation factors, which direction your home faces, heat producing appliances, and the number of people who will be in the home. Oversized air conditioning systems will not remove adequate moisture from the indoor air due to short cycling, leaving you feeling stuffy and uncomfortable. An oversized furnace is similar to an oversized air conditioning system. The furnace run time is short, creating uncomfortable air stratification and less air filtration. Also, the frequent cycling of the unit on and off can cause undue wear and tear on internal working components. An undersized air conditioning system will not adequately cool your home on the hottest days and an undersized furnace will not adequately heat your house on the coldest days.
HOW MUCH WILL MY NEW SYSTEM COST?
The cost of the new system depends on the efficiency of the equipment, the size of your home, if the ductwork is installed and is in good condition and the need for a thermostat or electronic air cleaner. Replacing your whole system, including both indoor and outdoor components, will usually result in a more efficient, longer-lasting system but will also cost a little more. Contact us today for our recommendation and your total investment based on a load calculation performed on your home.
WHY SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT MY AIR INDOORS?
We spend 90% of our time every day indoors. Plus, today's efficient, airtight homes are excellent at conserving energy, but that also makes them better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside the home. With the rising number of people who suffer from allergies and asthma, indoor air quality has become more and more important to our general health and well-being. A wide range of particulate matter can be in your home's air, including dust, animal hair and dander, mold spores, smoke, bacteria, pollen, dust mites, lint and cooking grease.
I KEEP MY HOME VERY CLEAN. COULD THE AIR IN MY HOME STILL NOT BE CLEAN?
Yes. Consider that the average home generates 40 pounds of dust for every 1500 square feet of space. While regular home cleaning is an excellent measure to reduce exposure to irritants and pollutants, it's simply impossible to remove enough of the material by hand to make your home's air as comfortable as it can be. The best way to keep your home's air clean is to remove as many of the particles from your home's air with the use of an integrated air filtration system, working with your current systems to remove up to 99.98% of airborne allergens from your home.
WHY IS A MATCHED SYSTEM SO IMPORTANT?
A matched system enables every component to perform as designed, meaning proper cycle times are maintained, humidity is controlled, system sound is minimized, and most important ... your home is comfortable. Another reason matched systems are important is efficiency, as most systems people buy are too large for their homes. A load calculation performed by the professionals at ATS Mechanical will create a system for your home, providing just the right amount of heating and cooling you need so you get the most value for your utility dollar.
I NEED A NEW OUTDOOR UNIT, BUT MY INDOOR UNIT WORKS FINE. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF REPLACING MY WHOLE SYSTEM AT THE SAME TIME?
We recommend that your replace the indoor coil or air handler when replacing the outdoor unit. Both of these components are integral to the closed refrigerant loop and together determine the capacity and efficiency of your system. If you do not replace the indoor unit, there will be no test data available for the new combination to establish the expected capacity or efficiency of your system. Also, the indoor system may be partially blocked by particles that will decrease efficiency, and you may be faced in the near future with replacing the indoor unit after it fails and having to pay to have the closed refrigerant system opened again. It would be expensive, would be another opportunity for contamination and you would end up paying more. If your whole system is replaced, you will be less likely to need service in the near future.
THE PROFESSIONALS AT ATS MECHANICAL ARE READY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUR HEATING, COOLING and AIR PURIFICATION NEEDS.