The most important thing you can do as a homeowner is change your filter(s). Depending on the type of filter, along with the frequency the system is used, a filter change is needed anywhere from every thirty days to every six months. With our climate and frequent system use in the summer months, it is highly recommended that you change extended life filters more often than suggested manufacturer guidelines.
Proper maintenance will extend the life of your system. With the high cost of system replacements today, it only makes sense to protect your investment. Even if your system is new, we suggest that you have maintenance twice a year. Our maintenance checks are normally scheduled for late February through March, and then again in late September through October.
There are several reasons to maintain even your new system and more importantly your aged system. All manufacturers require proper maintenance to ensure that your warranty remains valid. Systems that are not properly maintained will often yield higher energy bills, sub-par air quality, humidity issues within the home, and most importantly a shorter life span of your equipment.
We often have clients ask about the temperature setting of the system when they are away from the home either for work purposes or even extended vacations. I do not ever recommend shutting the system down completely especially in summer months. Remember that we have high humidity and we need to control this humidity at all times. Setting the temperature above 85F during the summer months is not recommended. Humidity exposure on the interior of your home can be devastating to wood floors, paneling, and of course can lead to mold issues.
The State of Texas requires air conditioning contractors to hold a license with the Department of Licensing and Regulation. The state also requires that this number be displayed on all service vehicles that contractor may use. You can verify that a company is licensed and in good standing, visit the following this link. Also, very important is the history of the business. Fortunately, the Internet allows us to research companies and read reviews to help make an educated decision. As in our case, we have been in business for nearly forty years and will continue to provide our clientele with the highest level of service for many more to come.
A properly maintained system will yield a higher life span. Depending on the manufacturer and efficiency rating of your system, I would expect 8-12 years of low maintenance and worry free operation. This life expectancy is greatly determined by proper installation methods and maintenance.
In our industry systems are rated using SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. As of today, your base or builders grade system is rated at 13SEER. Systems properly installed and available today can yield in excess of 20SEER. I have seen clients save anywhere from 20%-50% on their energy bill by upgrading to a high efficiency system.