Common Questions about Heating and Air Conditioning Units

With the constantly rising cost of living, energy efficiency is a common priority for most homeowners. That being said, improving the efficiency of your HVAC system can help reduce your household utility costs. To help keep your system running efficiently, we’ve answered some common HVAC questions our Squamish and Whistler clients often have.

Is a heat pump more cost-effective than a gas-fired furnace to heat my house?

No, it is not. A gas-fired furnace uses less electricity than a heat pump. Gas is far better at heating your home while only using 1/3 the electricity. If a gas furnace isn’t in your options, a heat pump is the way to go.

How can I increase the efficiency and lifetime of my HVAC system?

Although there are several ways to increase the efficiency and longevity of your system, one of the best ways is to clean and replace your air filters frequently. Another simple thing you can do is to have curtains or shades installed in rooms that are exposed to extreme sunlight.

What does AFUE mean?

AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It is exactly like SEER, except it applies to gas and heating systems instead of cooling. The higher the AFUE, the less money you will spend warming your home during the winter months.

How often should I change my air filters?

Whether you have disposable or reusable filters, it is crucial that you change them at least once every two months. Allergy sufferers in your home will thank you for preventing dust and particle build-up in the filters through routine cleaning. Check your filters and if they look dirty, it is time to clean or replace them.

Why is it important that I change the filters frequently?

Keeping the filters clean will help your air conditioner or heater operate at its peak performance. It assures your unit has optimal airflow and improves the indoor air quality.

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