Knowing is half the battle and when it comes to Air Conditioning, NOT knowing can cause you thousands of dollars. In some cases, older methods no longer work and can actually cause damage to your equipment. Periodic Maintenance is key and some can be done on your own, and some you should call a certified professional. Here is some great info for you and your HomeFront.
Just like any other mechanical component, it must be maintained regularly. Just like oil changes on a car, maintenance is critical. Here in Texas, a service around spring time is critical to be prepared for the coming heat. A heating service (during fall) is also highly recommended. Key Fact: Most warranty programs require documented maintenance to be completed.
Our Team HomeFront Club Program takes care of all of this for you.
Trust us, we know how you feel!! Thermostats have gotten extremely fancy lately but also just as useful. Learning and understanding the functions and capability of your control (Thermostat) plays a vital part in the overall performance of your system. Scheduling, humidity control (if equipped), zoning (if equipped). When properly placed, installed, and operated, your control can lower utility expense and improve comfort.
At HomeFront with every new system, thermostat replacement or controller installation we offer not only a walkthrough upon installation, a custom guide and mobile assist access. With a Nexia enabled controller, we will maximize the efficiency of your controller and system remotely. Leave it to the HomeFront Pros!
We wish there was an easier way to say this but you have a potentially serious problem and where you take it from here are the key next steps. It may also be something simple like a clogged filter. First, turn your system completely off. Continuing to run the system could damage it further. Also a technician cannot properly diagnose or assess the situation with iced components. Let the system thaw out naturally. We know its hot, but time is our friend here. Call us immediately and we will work together!!
The most common question other than, "How much is new one?". A new shiny car is much more exciting than a new AC System, but the fact remains, sometimes it is best to replace it. Age, previous repairs, efficiency and original installation are all variables considered when replacing a system. We will only recommend replacement when we can show mechanically and financially that it makes sense to replace. Just remember, anything can be fixed. It doesn't mean it should be.
Ah, the struggling system dilemma! Too small, too big. Both big problems!! Capacity (system size) is a critical calculation when installing a system or even when diagnosing an existing system. Fun Fact: Many Home Builders use "rules of thumb" when installing builder grade units and are incorrect 80% of the time. Several factors go into calculating the right capacity. Age of home, direction of home, glazing (window) effects, ceiling height, attic/wall insulation, etc, etc. A specific calculation known as a Manual J Heat Load is the only certified and accredited way to properly size a home.
How do you get one? Not everyone offers them. They say they do them, but they don't. We include this on every new system installation to ensure you are getting what you need and hey, if you need a bigger one...then you'll get one!!
New SEER Standards for 2023: What SEER2 Means for AC and Heat Pump Efficiency.
Air conditioners are measured in a variety of ways. There’s horsepower, BTU, amps and wattage, among other information on the sticker. When it comes to efficiency however, AC units are measured by two universal standards: EER and SEER.
What are they, and how do they factor when shopping for an air conditioner unit?
More information about EER and SEER can be found in our blog post.