Important Questions to Ask When Purchasing an HVAC System

Buying an HVAC system is a considerable investment. That’s why you should always be informed so you can make the right choice for your home and family. After all, you don’t want to buy an air conditioner or heat pump and then have to call on a local HVAC contractors a few weeks later.

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Causes of Overflowing Air Conditioning Condensate Pans

The condensate pan is the part of your air conditioning system that collects dripping condensation and moves it away via a drain line. An overflowing condensate pan can cause problems such as mold and corrosion, or even damage to the air conditioner’s electrical components.

Key Differences Between HEPA & MERV Filters

Air filters prevent impurities in the air from entering your HVAC system, and choosing the right type of air filter can help improve indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency. In today’s post, local HVAC repair company Schmitt discusses two of the most common types of air filters: HEPA and MERV filters.

Factors That May Affect HVAC Replacement Estimates

Whether you’re replacing  an air conditioner that’s past its service life or upgrading the furnace in your home, you must compare contractor estimates to find the one that provides the most savings. Expect these to vary, however. Today the HVAC service pros of Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning take a look at the various factors that may affect replacement estimates.

Contractor Experience

Contractors use their experience and expertise when making HVAC replacement estimates. Expect high-end yet reputable HVAC companies to give you a higher bid since they’re more likely to have more equipment and overhead. Be aware that those who offer a lower bid may not have the proper insurance or a full understanding of local policies or applicable incentives. 

HVAC Unit Type & Features

Estimates also vary depending on the heating and air conditioning units being offered. Trusted HVAC service installers will tell you about the best features for your home’s system. The unit’s brand, size, hardware and level of efficiency will impact the total installation cost. Units from well-known manufacturers may cost you more upfront, but they tend to have longer lifespans, better warranties and smarter built-in features.

Warranties

Inclusions in HVAC warranties also vary in many estimates. The manufacturer warranties that most installers offer provide protection against faulty equipment. Additional guarantees for the total HVAC installation may also be provided in other estimates.

 

Your Home’s Size & Amount of Insulation

The size of your home and how well it’s insulated play an important role in your new HVAC system’s ability to cool and heat your home with optimal efficiency. For instance, a 2,500-square-foot home will require much larger equipment than a smaller home. A unit with far less capacity may be needed if your home has energy-efficient windows and no cracks through which air can enter and escape.

Call Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning for All Your HVAC Needs

For all your HVAC needs, turn to Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer a wide range of services, including heating and AC repair, replacement and maintenance. Give us a call at (415) 689-7849 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate or schedule an appointment. We serve residents of San Francisco and the surrounding communities.

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How to Add or Replace Heating and Cooling Systems in Old Houses

Upgrading heating and cooling systems in an old house can be a challenge because these buildings aren’t designed to accommodate modern HVAC systems. In this blog, local HVAC company Schmitt shares an overview of the best ways to heat and cool old houses.

How to Eliminate Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home

Uneven temperatures in your home can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t know what’s causing them. These shifts in indoor temperature can manifest as hot or cold spots around your home. This blog from HVAC service company Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning shares the most likely causes of any hot or cold spots, as well as how to eliminate issues with temperature fluctuations.

The Importance of Controlling Relative Indoor Humidity

Humidity control is an essential part of maintaining good indoor air quality. It’s important to note that indoor humidity levels are relative to the season; therefore, they vary throughout the year. In this blog, residential cooling company Schmitt shares an overview of why maintaining proper indoor humidity levels is so important.

How Air Conditioning Plays a Role in Server Rooms

If you’ve ever used a computer before and happen to feel the side of a single CPU after hours of work, you know how quickly it can overheat. Multiply that by a few orders of magnitude and you can understand why high volumes of demand are causing servers to overheat. This overheating can lead to malfunction, equipment damage, and crashes. To avoid all these, proper air conditioning and ventilation is a crucial part of any decently sized server room.

Improving Office Productivity Through Indoor Air Quality

According to a 2015 study conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University, poor indoor air quality is linked to poor productivity in the workplace.

A Typical AC Repair Kit

Taking good care of your air conditioning’s air filters is one of the easiest and most effective ways of maintaining your HVAC system. Among other benefits, your system will perform better and will last longer. Here’s a look at why you should prioritize air filter care.