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Answers to All Your Frequently Asked Air Conditioner Questions

Alright, let’s get down to it! We’ve heard several questions from customers that we are here to answer.Q&A

Is it Necessary to Change My Filter?

It’s actually critical to have your filter changed regularly to help improve indoor air quality and to ensure your air conditioner doesn’t break down. You’ll also be keeping the air free from dust and debris. For those of you with pets, this is very important as you don’t want to be inhaling air filled with pet hair.

How Frequently Should I Undergo Maintenance on My Air Conditioner?

Call a qualified HVAC technician for air conditioning maintenance at least once per year.

Can I Use the Fan on My AC Unit or Should I Stick with a Ceiling Fan?

Set your air conditioner’s fan to “auto” and use the ceiling fan – this can actually save you money.

Do the Windows & Doors Need to Be Kept Closed When the AC is On?

All windows and doors should be closed while the air conditioner is operating. When you leave them open, the A/C cannot properly distribute cool air.

What’s a SEER Rating?

SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and it represents the efficiency of your air conditioner. High-efficiency central AC units should have a SEER rating of 14 or higher.

The Rating is Determined By: Ratio of Cooling Output divided by Power Consumption

How Long Will a New Air Conditioner Last?

With regular maintenance, you should expect your air conditioner to last between 12-15 years.

Is it a Big Deal if My Air Conditioner Sounds a Little Off?

Not only does the sound interrupt a quiet night but it could mean there are larger issues at hand. Since the noise could be due to several factors, you’ll need to call a technician to come out and take a look.

What’s the Best AC Brand?

There’s a variety of air conditioner brands on the market such as Maytag, Mitsubishi, Sharp, Ruud and more. Winters sells top of the line brands and we provide installations.

Do I Need to Shade the Air Conditioner?

Shading the AC unit will make it run a little cooler and reduce the power bill. However, don’t put the shade within two feet of the coil as this could hurt air circulation.

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