Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs. No matter what your HVAC questions are, the pros at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield have answers. Whether you have questions about choosing new HVAC equipment to best practices on care and maintenance, we can help. Our online FAQs answers give you a fast response for your convenience, but if you want to know more on any topic, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 217-210-2662. Why is regular maintenance important? Like any product you want to keep in good shape, HVAC equipment requires proper care in order to provide the greatest benefits. Trained technicians can service your heating and cooling products to make certain they’re working at their maximum potential and help prevent more pricey repairs in the middle of the hottest or coldest months of the year. How much will a Lennox product cost? Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield can price out individual systems or multiple home comfort products for you. Call 217-210-2662 to hear more. What is two-stage heating? Two-stage heating enables the furnace to heat at two levels of output: high for cold winter days and low for mild ones. Around 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is set on the low setting, enabling your two-stage unit to work for longer periods of time. Two-stage units also give more even heat distribution, fewer temperature swings, quiet operation, increased air filtration and energy efficiency. How does Precise Comfort™ technology work? Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system used in Lennox furnaces. The technology can automatically adjust heat by increments as little as 1 percent, improving energy efficiency and helping you experience better comfort. How will my new furnace work differently from my old one? Modern furnaces are developed with a variety of innovative features older furnaces don’t have. Today’s heating systems give you more even heating and are better at governing airflow. Although the air coming out of your vents may seem cooler than your old furnace, the airflow is much better and more efficient. Another perk of modern furnaces is their ability to integrate with other HVAC products as part of a high-efficiency whole home comfort system. When combined with a high-efficiency air conditioner, furnace blowers can more easily accommodate add-on cooling. Other innovations, such as Precise Comfort™ technology and variable speed motors, will help your furnace run more efficiently and quieter than ever. What energy efficiency standard should I look for in an air conditioner in Springfield? The Department of Energy recently raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditions, and the standards vary by region. Contact Bormida Mechanical Services Inc at 217-210-2662 to find the requirements for the Springfield area. How can I reduce my energy costs? Lennox has a number of HVAC products with high efficiency ratings, which can help reduce the amount of energy they require to work. Aside from choosing products that have received Energy Star® certification or achieved high SEER ratings for air conditioners or AFUE ratings for furnaces, you can consider the following: Maintenance – making sure your system receives regular maintenance by a trained professional can keep your system operating at its peak performance. Zoning – zoning systems allow you to only heat or cool only certain areas of your home, so you won’t have to pay to heat or cool spaces that you don’t usually use. Programmable thermostats – using a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home around your schedule. They can be programed to give you the comfort you desire when you’re home, and increase or decrease the temperature while you’re away, helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I buy from Lennox? There are various reasons to choose Lennox, but the top three are: Lennox is a name you know and trust – known throughout the world for quality HVAC products, you can rest assured Lennox will provide you with high quality equipment. Innovative and high quality products – Lennox has been on the cutting edge of innovation in the heating and cooling industry for years. High quality furnaces, air conditioners and home comfort systems include innovative features to help your home stay more comfortable and energy efficient. Reputation of excellence – high quality products are not the only arena Lennox excels in. Lennox dealers, like Bormida Mechanical Services Inc, provide high quality service at all times, from your first consultation to your routine maintenance appointments. What can I do to improve my home’s indoor air quality? Strategies to increase your indoor air quality can be as simple as vacuuming your home to something as large as adding a new ventilation system. Overall, good IAQ has four strategies: Eliminate – decrease the pollutants floating in your air by cleaning your home regularly, particularly vacuuming carpet, washing linens and safely storing household chemicals. Ventilate – make sure your home is well-ventilated to move airborne pollutants out of your home. In newer homes, well-done insulation will hinder ventilation, so Lennox systems such as the Healthy Climate® ventilation system can help. These systems bring fresh air from outside into your home and direct the stale air out. Clean – proper air filters, such as our Healthy Climate® air filters, will make certain the smallest particles don’t get through and are let out into your home. Germicidal lights can kill the germs that do make it through, and purification systems like the PureAir™ will help diminish odors and chemical vapors. Monitor – keep your humidity levels in check with a programmable thermostat. High temperatures and humidity levels can increase concentrations of mold, mildew and germs. A programmable thermostat will make certain that your home is comfortable without letting humidity get too high. How can I find out which indoor air quality product will is right for my home? Try utilizing our Healthy Solution Finder, where you can pinpoint the indoor air quality issues that affect your home. After you select the items that apply, the system will show the IAQ products that meet your needs. You can also call Bormida Mechanical Services Inc and walk our techs through some of the concerns you experience. They can evaluate your home and needs and provide options and answers. How does an air conditioner work? Lots of homeowners believe that air conditioners make the air in your home cooler, but it actually removes the heat from inside your home, sending the hot air outside. That hot air moves across a cold indoor coil where refrigerant in the lines sends the heat to the coil in your outdoor unit, releasing it outside. This process continues until the indoor temperature reaches the temp that was set on your thermostat. What is the minimum energy efficiency standard for air conditioners in my state? Due to the increasing amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined regionally and carry varying requirements based on your location. Bormida Mechanical Services Inc will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re in the market for a replacement system. How can I confirm the model and serial numbers for my cooling unit? These numbers are located on a nameplate or sticker that is near your system’s service panel. The sticker will be white with black letters and have both of these numbers located around the top of the sticker. M/N signifies model number while S/N is your serial number. What size equipment do I need for my home? There are a couple ways to determine what size system is right for your home, but the most reliable way to size a system is by having your local Bormida Mechanical Services Inc technician come out and perform a load calculation. This calculation considers your home’s: square footage, insulation value, amount of insulation, and a number of other factors. Can frost, ice, dirt or other debris keep the outdoor unit of my cooling system from operating effectively? The short answer is “Yes.” Dirt and other debris can hinder your system’s ability to work efficiently. For heat pumps, it is not unusual to have frost or ice on them during the winter, but they also feature defrost controls to ensure they work efficiently in those kinds of weather. What is two-stage cooling? Two-stage cooling means that your cooling unit has two levels of operation. When summer is in its hottest weeks, the high setting starts up, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting handles the duties. Usually, the lower setting is able to take care of your cooling needs, but even when the high setting kicks in, you may not realize it because it can produce such even temperatures for your comfort. This also means a quieter cooling system, greater efficiency and improved humidity control. Why is my system freezing up? Your system could be freezing up for a number of reasons, but the most typical are dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporator coil and/or a faulty blower motor. Changing a filter is something any homeowner take care of; however, you’ll want to call the professionals at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc at 217-210-2662 for other problems or if you have other questions or concerns. What is the best thermostat to use for my cooling system? Choosing the best thermostat for your cooling system comes with a lot of considerations. That’s why it’s nice to have such a great variety of choices from Bormida Mechanical Services Inc. Whether you’re looking for a programmable or non-programmable thermostat or want to join the smart home trend, there are a variety of thermostats that you have to pick from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the experts at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc will be able to help determine what options meet your needs and your budget. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps can be a little confusing due to their name, but they actually take care of both your heating and cooling needs throughout the year. When it’s hot outside it works like an air conditioner in that it removes heat from your home, but when it cools off, the process gets reversed and it collects heat from outside and brings it inside. Heat pumps are also very efficient, and might produce up to two or three times more heat than the energy it uses. When replacing the outdoor unit, should the indoor unit also be replaced? Of course we suggest you also replace your indoor system, but this is why: All outdoor cooling systems have a matching indoor unit that they are created to work with to ensure efficient performance. When they aren’t paired with the other unit as a total system, efficiency might be diminished. As with most products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These developments most importantly include greater heating and cooling efficiency, but also consist of improved air handling, filtering and noise pollution reduction to name a few. Heating and cooling systems that are more than 10-15 years old usually need to be replaced. Not only do they consist of outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than more recent models. Getting a new indoor unit at the same time means you’ll have a matched system to provide you with better comfort and efficiency for years to come. How will I know if my solar HVAC system is performing to its potential? The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance data for each module to a website. You can visit this website to see the system’s status, energy production and environmental benefits. The site also shows carbon offsets as it happens. Is an Internet connection necessary to use the SunSource® communication module? Yes, an Internet connection is necessary for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes seeing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is provided by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided free of charge for five years. Do my solar modules need to be cleaned? In most locations, rain will be enough to keep the solar modules clean. If you reside in a dusty or industrial area, periodically spraying the modules with water could help improve performance. However, detergents and high-pressure hoses should never be used to clean solar modules. What is the best thermostat for my HVAC system? The proper thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. Bormida Mechanical Services Inc offers programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help improve the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Check out our available products or contact us at 217-210-2662 to learn more. How can I control my energy bills? Heating and cooling can contribute to a significant portion of your utility bill. The innovative and high efficiency heating and air conditioning products available from Lennox® can help lower these costs. If you’re in the market for a new heating and/or cooling system, look for products with high SEER ratings for air conditioners and AFUE ratings for furnaces. SEER and AFUE are a measure of equipment efficiency, and the higher the number, the more efficient the product. Aside from purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these other factors: 1. Is your system regularly maintained? Whether it’s a furnace or air conditioner, HVAC systems will opperate more efficiently after regular maintenance checks. 2. Do you need a zoning system? If there are spaces of your home that are rarely used, a zoning system will allow you to heat or cool only the commonly used areas of your house. 3. Are you using a programmable thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats may reduce your heating costs by up to 35 percent, and your cooling costs by up to 25 percent. What are the benefits of zoning systems? Zoning your home allows you you the ability to section off portions of your home and control the thermostat differently in each room. Zoning tends to be good for when you have areas of your house that are infrequently used or when you and your family are always in disagreement of the perfect temperature for the house. Zoning systems are almost noiseless and efficient, allowing you more control over the comfort of your home. Learn more about the zoning systems available from Bormida Mechanical Services Inc.