Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I select a contractor?
In selecting a heating and air conditioning contractor, ask the following questions:
How long have they been in business?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating was founded in 1988. Since then, Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating has grown to become one of the largest air conditioning and heating contractors in the area.
Do they employ certified factory-trained technicians?
These include certified, factory trained sales and management personnel, as well as technicians. Their technicians are not only factory-trained and NATE certified, but they also receive ongoing training and certifications — a Minimum of 40 hours per year in-house and factory. They use state-of-the-art tools and testing equipment, including Freon recovery equipment to protect the environment.
Are they bonded and insured?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating is fully bonded, insured, and covered by Workman’s Compensation.
Do they handle several reputable manufacturers?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating carries the most reliable products of several reputable manufacturers to provide you with lasting quality.
Do they have in-stock inventory?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating has over half a million dollars in parts and equipment on hand. Their trucks are also well stocked with the most needed parts so that the technician has them right at hand on the job site.
Are they a full service contractor?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating is a full service contractor with complete service departments and installation departments, including duct cleaning.
Are they fully licensed to do all of the work themselves?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating is registered with the State Board of Contractors in New Jersey. We are fully licensed to do complete service and installation throughout the state.
Are they competitively priced, with written estimates up front?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating offers competitive pricing and written estimates using flat rate service pricing to ensure no surprises when installing or servicing their customers’ equipment. They also offer many different financing plans.
Do they offer emergency service?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating phones are answered 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. And they never charge over-time.
Do they offer service agreements?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating knows that homeowners have many concerns and activities in their lives. Their mission is to design, install and service heating and cooling systems in a way that provides homeowners with worry-free comfort. They offer several excellent service agreements. You may choose from their ESA or Annual Tune Up Policies. Any of these policies are certain to meet your needs and provide you with necessary convenience and peace of mind.
Are they technologically up-to-date?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating is fully up-to-date technologically. They have a new website where you can schedule a service or sales call. They are computer automated to design the proper sizing of your air distribution system and equipment. Also, complete, comprehensive records are kept on every service call, providing instant employee access to your equipment’s history. All employees are linked via their own extensive network for rapid sharing of information concerning your equipment when it is needed. Their technicians and sales representatives are in constant communication with the office via cellular phone/radio systems. No expense has been spared to provide you with the best, most timely and knowledgeable service possible.
Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau? And are they members in good standing of other professional organizations?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating is a member of the Better Business Bureau, and an active member of several important professional organizations.
Can they service both residential and commercial needs?
Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating offers commercial services for business through their commercial division. So they can service all business as well as residential comfort needs. Ideal Air Conditioning and Heating is large enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you.
Can I just replace the heat pump on an older system to save money?
No. Replacing only the outdoor unit will sacrifice your comfort and lower the efficiency of the unit. In fact, you can lose up to 15% of the unit’s efficiency! Even worse, your system may fail sooner than normal and most manufacturers’ warranties will be voided. You should seriously consider buying a complete heat pump system.
What is the average life expectancy of equipment?
Most systems have a lifetime of 12 years or less. As your equipment gets older, its efficiency can decrease dramatically. You may notice that it gets noisier and needs repairs more often. If your system is over five years old, you should have a heating and cooling contractor check your system for maintenance or replacement.
Should I have my ducts cleaned?
Yes. Mold, mildew, pet hair, skin flakes, smoke film, dander, dust mites, dirt, pollen, and even bacteria take up residence in your air ducts. With each breath you take you inhale these contaminants. Dirty air ducts can not only make you sick or raise your utility bills, but they can also reduce your air flow and cause premature failure of your expensive heating and cooling system.
Why should I purchase a service agreement?
Proper care of your equipment can save you real dollars on your utility bills. Some air conditioning and heating problems can double operating costs without reducing comfort. Just 100th of an inch of dirt or film on an evaporator coil can reduce cooling and heating efficiency by 5%. All leading manufacturers recommend regular maintenance to maintain peak performance. A service agreement will give you the piece of mind that your system is operating at optimum efficiency and performance. To get a detailed list of all Finch Air Conditioning Service Agreements and what they include click here.
Should I replace or repair my equipment?
There are five main questions that need to be considered when deciding to either replace or repair your heating and cooling system:
How old is your system? If your system is more than ten years old, it may be wiser to invest in new, higher efficiency equipment, which could cut your energy costs by up to 40%.
What is the efficiency level of your current indoor weather system? Unfortunately, replacing parts of your old system will not improve the efficiency. If the energy savings of using a higher efficiency system will cover all or part of the cost of investing in new equipment, you should seriously consider replacement of the old system.
What is the overall condition of your system? If your system is in solid condition, it could be wiser to simply repair it. But if your system breaks down often, you should consider replacing it.
How often is your system operating? If your system has been used extensively, it may be time to replace it.
Are you planning to move soon? If you are moving in the next year or two and believe investing in a new indoor weather system will improve the value of your home, you should consider making the investment. If you plan to live in your current residence for many more years, it may also be wise to go ahead and invest in your future comfort.
For more information, please please call us or fill out our service request form to schedule an appointment or Service Call.
We will be happy to discuss any option with you.
How can I reduce allergens and increase humidity in my home?
With a high efficiency air cleaner, you can remove up to 99% of the pollen and spores that find their way into the home. There is also a great reduction in household dust, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants. Your indoor air will become cleaner and fresher while reducing the allergens and dust that circulate throughout the house. With a whole house humidifier, you can relieve the irritating discomfort of dry indoor air. The humidifier reduces itchy skin, scratchy throats, static electricity, and damage to your furnishings and woodwork. Since humid air feels warmer than dry air, you do not have to set the thermostat as high to feel the comfort you want. A lower thermostat setting will reduce the costs of your energy bill. A humidifier improves your comfort while increasing the energy efficiency of your indoor weather system. For more information, please call us or fill out our service request form to schedule an appointment.
What does SEER and HSPF mean to me?
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the measure of efficiency by which the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps is rated. The higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency, which translates into greater energy savings. Today, U.S. regulatory agencies require all new models to have a 10.0 SEER rating or better. Most major manufacturers offer a line of air conditioners and heat pumps that range from 13.0 SEER to 16.0 SEER.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is the efficiency measurement used to gauge the efficiency of the heating mode of heat pumps. Again, the higher the number, the greater the efficiency. Today’s models are required to have a minimum 6.8 HSPF. Most major manufactures offer heat pumps with HSPF ratings ranging from 6.8 to 9.4.
How will the new environment friendly refrigerant affect me?
The 1990 Clean Air Act and the internationally binding Montreal Protocol calls for an international phase out on future manufacturing of the refrigerant R-22, which is currently used in most air conditioning and heat pump systems. Historically, when a refrigerant has been phased out, the cost of that refrigerant has risen dramatically. Also, the costs for servicing products using a phased out refrigerant have risen as well. According to current government regulations, the production of R-22 will be reduced by nearly one-fourth by 2004. By the year 2012, the production of R-22 will be reduced by nearly one-half of the current production. That means all R-22 products will eventually need to be replaced by products utilizing the new chlorine-free refrigerant.
Should I be concerned about Carbon Monoxide in my home?
Yes. Each year, carbon monoxide kills more than 300 Americans and sends nearly 5,000 more to emergency rooms for treatment, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Where does it come from? When carbon-based fuels such as gas, oil, kerosene or wood burn, they produce gases. When fuel combustion or burning isn’t complete, carbon monoxide enters the air. The CPSC advises that carbon monoxide detectors are the only way to alert yourself to the presence of toxic gas in your home. If you wake in the night with a headache — and especially if another member of the family complains of a headache or is difficult to arouse — get out of the house fast, advises the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. Seek emergency medical care.
How can I reduce my energy costs in the Winter?
Limit the loss of expensive heated air to the outside. Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans sparingly.
Keep fireplace dampers tightly closed until you prepare to light a fire.
When using your fireplace, limit the amount of heated air drawn from the rest of the house. Open dampers in the bottom of the firebox if provided, or open the closest window about 1 inch and close any doors leading into the room.
Draft-proof windows, doors, and other air leaks. Caulking and weather stripping are reasonably easy, so you may be able to save money by doing the job yourself.
Lower your thermostat to about 65 degrees F during the day and 60 degrees F at night. For each degree you turn down your thermostat, you’ll save about 3 percent on your heating bills. Consider the comfort and convenience of an automatic clock thermostat to do this for you.
Avoid heating unused areas by closing off unoccupied rooms and shutting off heating vents. Note: this does not apply if you have a heat pump system. Leave it alone, as shutting vents could harm a heat pump.
Keep your heating equipment operating efficiently. Clean or replace the filter in your forced air heating system each month, and check the duct work that is readily accessible for air leaks about once a year. Be sure that heating ducts in unheated areas are insulated. Keep the heating system well tuned with periodic maintenance by a professional service.
Insulate your attic floor or top floor ceiling to reduce winter heat loss.
Consider installing storm windows and doors.
If you have an attached garage, keep your garage door closed. This will prevent cold winds from infiltrating the connecting door and other areas between the house and garage.
If you’re ready to make your home more efficient, contact us and ask about our energy audit program to identify areas where homes waste energy and money. For more information, please call the branch closest to you or fill out this sales request form to schedule a Sales Call.
What does Energy Star mean?
Energy Star stands for high-efficiency and energy savings according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Energy Star heating and cooling products are a good investment. Owners of such equipment realize returns in the form of lower utility bills.