St Charles County Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Stay Cool Climate Control’s HVAC FAQ page! Here, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we receive about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Our team of O’Fallon heating and cooling advisors has decades of experience in the industry, and we’re dedicated to providing you with the knowledge you need to keep your systems running smoothly. Whether you’re a homeowner, a business owner, or a property manager, understanding the ins and outs of your unit is essential. From basic maintenance to troubleshooting common issues, our FAQ page is designed to help you make informed decisions.”

The cost to replace a home air conditioning unit can vary depending on several factors, such as the size and type of the unit, the complexity of the installation, and the location of the home. On average, homeowners can expect to spend anywhere from $3,500 to $7,500 for a new central air conditioning unit, including installation. However, it’s important to note that this is only a rough estimate, and homeowners should get multiple quotes from reputable HVAC contractors before making a final decision.”

The most expensive part to replace in a furnace is typically the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is a critical component of the furnace that transfers heat from the combustion chamber to the air that circulates throughout the home. If the heat exchanger becomes damaged or starts to crack, it can pose a serious safety hazard by releasing carbon monoxide into the home. Replacing a heat exchanger can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000, depending on the type and size of the furnace.”

The main difference between an air purifier and an air filtration system is the way they clean the air. An air purifier uses internal fans and filters to capture and remove pollutants from the air, such as dust, pollen, and pet dander. An air filtration system, on the other hand, works with the home’s existing HVAC system to filter the air as it passes through the ductwork. Air filtration systems can capture smaller particles than air purifiers, but they are typically more expensive and require professional installation.”

A dehumidifier is a device that removes excess moisture from the air in a room or home. It works by pulling humid air into the unit through a fan and then passing it over cold coils. As the air cools, water vapor condenses on the coils and is collected in a removable water tank. Dehumidifiers can help reduce humidity levels, which can improve indoor air quality, prevent mold growth, and reduce musty odors. They are particularly useful in damp or humid environments.”

Sleeping with a humidifier can have several benefits, such as improving sleep quality, reducing snoring, and easing symptoms of dry skin, allergies, and sinus congestion. The humidifier adds moisture to the air, which can alleviate dryness in the nose and throat, making it easier to breathe and sleep comfortably. However, it’s important to maintain the humidifier properly to prevent mold and bacteria growth, and to avoid over-humidifying the room, which can lead to condensation and other issues.”

UV light air purifiers can be safe if they are used correctly and have been properly tested and certified. The UV-C light used in these purifiers is effective at killing bacteria, viruses, and other airborne pathogens. However, prolonged exposure to UV-C light can be harmful to humans and pets, and it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use. It’s also essential to remember that UV-C light air purifiers are not a substitute for regular cleaning and disinfection, and should be used in conjunction with other air purification methods.”

There are several signs that your AC filter needs to be changed. The most obvious sign is a visible buildup of dust and debris on the filter itself. You may also notice reduced airflow or poor cooling performance from your AC unit, which can be caused by a dirty filter restricting the flow of air. An increase in energy bills can also be a sign that the AC filter needs to be changed, as a dirty filter can cause the unit to work harder and use more energy.”

Poor air quality can cause a range of symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Long-term exposure to poor air quality can lead to chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and COPD, as well as heart disease and cancer. If you are experiencing these symptoms or notice a strong odor or visible pollutants in the air, it may be a sign of poor air quality and warrant further investigation.”

Air sealing an existing house involves identifying and sealing air leaks throughout the home. The process typically involves sealing gaps and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings with caulking or weatherstripping, and insulating around doors, windows, and other penetrations. Common areas where air leaks occur include around electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures, and ventilation fans. It’s important to use high-quality materials and work with a professional to ensure that the air sealing is done correctly and safely. This can help improve indoor air quality, reduce energy bills, and increase overall comfort in the home.”

Yes, ductless AC units have filters that need to be cleaned or replaced regularly to maintain indoor air quality and ensure proper unit performance. The filters in ductless AC units are typically located in the indoor unit and can be accessed easily for cleaning or replacement. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for filter maintenance to prevent damage to the unit and ensure that the filters are working effectively to capture dust, pollen, and other airborne particles.”

The average lifespan of ductwork can vary depending on a variety of factors such as the quality of the materials used, the level of maintenance it receives, and the environmental conditions it’s exposed to. Generally, well-maintained ductwork made from high-quality materials can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, while poorly maintained or low-quality ductwork may only last 5 to 10 years. It’s important to have your ductwork inspected regularly by a professional to ensure it’s functioning properly and to catch any potential issues before they become major problems.”

The temperature that is considered an emergency for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems varies depending on several factors such as the location, building size, and occupancy. Generally, temperatures above 90°F or below 55°F can be considered an emergency, as they can lead to health and safety concerns, equipment failure, and even structural damage. It is important to have regular maintenance and monitoring of HVAC systems to prevent emergencies and ensure optimal performance.”

A home energy audit is conducted to identify the areas of the house where energy is being wasted, leading to higher energy bills and reduced comfort. The audit can reveal issues such as air leaks, inadequate insulation, inefficient heating or cooling systems, and outdated appliances. It can also provide recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency, such as sealing air leaks, upgrading insulation, and using energy-efficient appliances. A home energy audit can help homeowners save money on energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint, and improve the overall comfort of their home.”

The average cost of a heat pump varies depending on the type, size, and location of the installation. A basic air-source heat pump system for a small home can cost between $3,000 to $5,000, while larger systems can range from $6,000 to $14,000 or more. Geothermal heat pumps are typically more expensive, with costs ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 or more. Installation costs and additional expenses such as ductwork and electrical upgrades should also be considered. It is best to consult with a licensed HVAC contractor for a more accurate estimate.”

Service agreements are contracts between a service provider and a customer that outline the terms of ongoing maintenance and repair services for an HVAC system or other equipment. The purpose of service agreements is to ensure that the equipment is maintained and serviced regularly to prevent breakdowns, improve energy efficiency, and prolong the life of the equipment. The agreement typically includes scheduled maintenance visits, priority service, discounted repair rates, and other benefits. Service agreements help customers save money, increase comfort and safety, and reduce the likelihood of emergency repairs.”

Yes, it is possible to add zones to an existing HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. Zoning systems allow homeowners to control the temperature and airflow in different areas of the house independently. This is achieved by installing dampers in the ductwork, which can be opened or closed as needed to direct air to specific zones. A professional HVAC contractor can evaluate the existing system and recommend the best zoning solution, which may involve installing a new thermostat and additional ductwork.”

Stay Cool Comfort Club is a year-round peace of mind on all your HVAC services at a very affordable price. Members get 365 priority service plus discounts on new complete system services, AC tune-up, furnace tune-up, repairs, HVAC accessory maintenance and accessories. No Diagnostic Fee during regular hours and No After Hours Fee also apply to members.”

Stay Cool Climate Control understands that emergency services on HVAC can financially burden our customers. This is why we partnered with Finance of America under their Home Improvement financing project. This partnership allows our clients to apply and manage their application online, fast and easy. Approved clients enjoy zero interest options, so apply now!”

Stay Cool Climate Control offers our St. Charles neighbors with a number of coupons to be used for keeping their HVAC systems at their best performing state. For more information on the expiry, use, or book a service, contact us directly.”

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