Expert Answers to the Top 5 Homeowner FAQs About HVAC

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The last thing you want to do with the spare hours you can find in your day is worry about your home’s HVAC system. That’s what the AC & Heating Connect experts are here for. We understand that informed purchases, regular maintenance and trusted contractors are key to keeping you and your family comfortable in your home.

You don’t need to know it all, but a foundational knowledge will make future HVAC decisions less daunting than they may seem. Save yourself some time and worry by checking out these top questions we see homeowners bring up about their home’s HVAC. These FAQs will get you thinking about the basics so that, next time you’re in need of expert HVAC advice, you’ll remember where to turn.

Q: Will my home warranty cover my HVAC system?

A: While the homeowner policy typically covers the actual structure of your home, there is often an additional home warranty available that will cover appliances such as those needed for your heating and cooling system. Some research into the specifics of the home warranty that your realtor is offering will be key in making the right decision. Read more:

Q: Do I need to replace my HVAC system?

A: Most HVAC systems have a “life expectancy” of 14-16 years. Repairing a system is certainly an option, but it’s recommended that you spend less than 50 percent of the cost of a new system on repairing the old one. Considering the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), or energy efficiency, of your system will also help you make the right decision. Read more:

Q: How often do I truly need to maintain my HVAC system?

A: Like most other things, your HVAC system will perform better and last longer with regular maintenance. We recommend making a habit of booking an annual maintenance appointments ahead of the heating and cooling seasons where your contractor can inspect your heating and air conditioning systems and address central air duct cleaning. Read more:

Q: I’m noticing humidity or condensation issues in my home. What should I do?

A: The ideal relative humidity in a home should be between 30 to 50 percent. Humidity levels that are above or below that threaten to cause mold or other health issues. There are options, such as a modulating system or humidifier, to help monitor and regulate in-home humidity. Read more:

Q: I’m ready to upgrade my HVAC system. Where can I find the rebates available in my area?

A: As you consider your options, keep in mind that high-efficiency units typically have a higher upfront cost but lower operating costs, and may qualify for additional rebates. Read more here:

Have another home HVAC question? Let us know in the comments, and we may include it in this list!


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