Q: When should I replace my Air Conditioner or Furnace?

A: Air Conditioning Units and Furnaces produce work equivalent to driving a car approximately 80,000 miles per year. Most experts agree properly maintained equipment should have a life expectancy of approximately 12 years. Heat Pump Systems operate year round producing about twice the amount of work, therefore creating a shorter life expectancy of approximately 8 to 10 years.

Q: Why should I Invest in a Preventative Maintenance Plan?

A: Protecting your system with a Maintenance Program will ensure long lasting safe efficient operation for your family. An extensive study conducted by The University of Texas on the operation and maintenance of heating and cooling systems concluded that improperly maintained equipment reduced the efficiency rating of the equipment by an average of 20%. This 20% decrease in efficiency calculates into a 25% increase in household utility bills. Also, this research estimated an average of a 20% decrease in the life expectancy of the equipment with a measurable increase in breakdown and system failure. Regular maintenance is a condition of all equipment manufacturers. All manufacturers recommend operational testing prior to seasonal operation to ensure safe equipment operation.

Q: Should I change my indoor coil?

A: When replacing your air conditioner or heat pump, the answer is most likely yes. The efficiency ratings that are advertised for an air conditioner or heat pump are based on the performance as part of a matched system. If only the outdoor portion is changed, the efficiency and savings could be less than that of a matched system.

Q: How long can I expect a new system to last?

A: If you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested for your unit, industry averages suggest that an air conditioner should last 12-15 years and a gas furnace should last as many as 20-25 years.

Q: What is involved in installing a new system?

A: If a system is being added to the home for the first time, most of the items noted in the previous question and answer may be required to install the new system. Besides the equipment, the most significant component is ductwork. The ductwork can be made of either metal or fiberglass. The ductwork needs to be properly sized to deliver the right amount of air to each room. A central air conditioning system uses supply and return ducts. The supply duct is attached to the outlet of the furnace or air handler and delivers air to individual zones in your home. Peppers Heating & Air will determine the size of the ductwork going into a space by the amount of air that needs to be delivered to the space.

Q: What is involved in replacing an old system?

A: Aside from the placement of the new equipment, your Peppers Heating and Cooling will inspect several items and determine whether they need to be supplied or replaced. Some of the items include: ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil.

Q: How expensive are air conditioning and heat pump systems?

A: Many factors affect the cost of a heating or air conditioning system, including the size of your home, the type and condition of the ductwork installed and accessories you might need such as a thermostat or an electronic air cleaner. We have a complete range of systems and accessories available to meet all your needs, including your financial ones! Peppers Heating and Air will be happy to assist you in finding the right system to meet not only your comfort needs but also your household budget.

Q: Why should I replace my existing heating or air conditioning system?

A: You may wish to consider replacing your air conditioning or heating system if it is old, inefficient or in need of repair. Today's systems are as much as 60% more efficient than those systems manufactured as little as ten years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained, wear and tear on a system can reduce the actual or realized efficiency of the system. If you are concerned about utility bills or are faced with an expensive repair, you may want to consider replacing your system rather than enduring another costly season or paying to replace an expensive component. The utility cost savings of a new unit may provide an attractive return on your investment. If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.

Q: Should I be concerned about Indoor Air Quality?

A: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Peppers Heating and Air indoor air quality products handle pollutants, humidity and other issues to improve your health.