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We have answers to all of your heating and cooling questions.
Can any home have central air?
What is the average life of an air conditioner?
How do I know what size air conditioning unit my house needs?
A licensed and insured HVAC specialist like those at Gross Heating should be consulted before you add or replace a cooling system. We’ll do a proper calculation that factors in the layout and square footage of your house, average climate, the number and type of windows, insulation, and even the number of people living in the home. Without these considerations, you could end up with a unit that is not big enough, meaning it will likely not keep up with your cooling needs or last as long as expected—or a system that is so big that it constantly cycles on and off and wastes energy.
Is there anything I can do to make my air conditioner more energy-efficient?
- Make sure all air vents are open and unrestricted.
- Get a programmable thermostat so your AC doesn’t run continually when you’re gone.
- Do regular maintenance and filter changes.
- Use ceiling fans so you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees and still feel comfortable.
How important is humidity?
Air moisture levels have a big effect on comfort—too much humidity and you’ll feel hot and sticky, too little and you’ll feel cold and itchy. They can also impact your health, especially when dry winter air leads to irritated eyes, sore throats, bloody noses, body aches, and more frequent colds and flus. If that’s not enough to make you want a humidifier, know that your home wants one, too—without proper humidity, your wood floors will warp, furniture can crack, and wallpaper can peel.