Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average life expectancy of a system?

Most systems last between 10 to 20 years. A United Trades service provider can provide a FREE estimate to help you determine the cost of a new system. Often, a newer, more efficient system will save you money in the long run lower utility bills.

Will a bigger system perform better?

An over-sized air conditioner uses unnecessary energy and will not adequately remove humidity. Also keep in mind that your ductwork may not be able to support the airflow of a larger system. The same goes for heating systems. While an over-sized furnace will quickly heat your home, it uses more fuel and causes greater temperature swings.

Can’t I just replace the outdoor unit with an older air conditioning system to save money?

While it may seem less expensive to replace the outdoor unit on an older system, the likelihood is that it will cost your more money in the long run.

Do I need to have my ductwork replaced?

According to industry statistics, most homes have poorly installed ductwork. Before you invest in a new system, call Air Quality Control, for a free inspection and recommendations.

What are the advantages of equipment with variable speed fans?

Variable speed fans significantly lower your utility bills by only using the energy required to heat or cool your home. They typically operate at lower speeds until weather conditions become extreme, at which point the fan speed increases. This guarantees that even on the hottest days or coldest nights, your family will be comfortable.

Where should I place my programmable thermostat?

It’s best to place your thermostat in a location where the temperature is relatively consistent with the rest of the home. Keep it away from direct sunlight, for example, or a drafty area, as this can cause you to over (or under) use your HVAC system.

Will I need a permit?

In some cases a permit is required depending on the municipality in which you reside. If a permit is necessary, it is up to our customers to obtain.

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