Here are some of our Frequently Asked
How long should my old air conditioner and furnace
Typically an air conditioner
or furnace will last 10-12 years. Sometimes it pays to replace
the old system sooner because of the higher efficiency (lower
gas and electric bills) provided by equipment. Due to our
climate, life expectancies can vary greatly. Maintenance is
a must to maximize efficiency and protect your investment.
Q: My electric
and gas bills are high. Will a new air conditioner and furnace
lower my bills?
A: YES! A new air conditioner
can cut electrical consumption, as much as 50%. Even a 14
SEER air conditioner will cut the electricity used by as much
as 30%. A new 90% furnace can usually cut the gas used by
the old furnace by as much as 30%, and a new 80% (minimum
allowed by the federal government) will use approximately
I replace my air conditioner and furnace at the same time,
or can they be installed separately?
A: Yes, they can be installed
seperately; however, to ensure proper efficiency and capacity
they should be installed as a matched system.
Q: Is it OK
to install a different brand of air conditioner (or furnace)
to work with my existing air conditioner (or furnace)?
A: Although it is generally
recommended to match components, most brands of air conditioners
will work with others as long as the coils and blowers are
the proper size. You may however, experience some loss of
efficiency and capacity.
Q: My friend
works for an air conditioning and heating company and says
he can install a new air conditioner (or furnace) for me for
a lot less money. Is this a good idea?
Be sure he has a license, obtains all required permits and
has adequate insurance. Keep in mind you will be dependent
on him and his schedule for warranty repairs. If he meets
the above requirements, has the needed experience and you
understand that repairs may not be timely - you may save some
money, but be sure you are not getting a "cheap"
installation that will cost you more in the long run.