Heating and Air Conditioning Glossary

Heating and Air Conditioning FAQs

What is HVAC?

HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It refers to the system that regulates the inside temperature and air quality in residential and commercial properties.

How often should I change my HVAC air filters?

We recommend changing your HVAC air filters approximately every 1 to 3 months, depending on the filter type, usage, and indoor air quality. Regular filter changes help maintain system efficiency and air quality.

What are the signs that my HVAC system needs repair?

Signs that your HVAC system needs preventative maintenance include reduced airflow, strange noises, increased energy bills, and inconsistent temperature control. Routine maintenance can prevent these issues.

How can I improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) in my home or business?

To improve indoor air quality, consider using high-quality air filters, installing air purifiers, maintaining proper humidity levels, and keeping your home clean. HVAC maintenance is also crucial for good air quality.

Should I repair or replace my older HVAC system?

As the property owner, we allow you to decide to repair or replace your system. There are several factors, such as the system’s age, repair costs, energy efficiency, and long-term goals. Our experts can assess your situation and provide recommendations.

What is the ideal indoor temperature?

The ideal indoor temperature varies depending on personal preference, season, and climate. However, a standard recommendation is to set your thermostat to around 78°F in summer and 68-72°F in winter.

How can I save energy with my HVAC system?

To save energy, ensure your system is well-maintained, use a programmable thermostat, seal any air leaks, and schedule regular HVAC inspections and tune-ups.

What are the benefits of a zoning system?

Zoning systems allow you to control the temperature in different areas of your home independently. This can increase comfort and energy savings by heating or cooling only the rooms being used.

Can I install a smart thermostat myself?

Installation of a smart thermostat varies by model, but it’s often recommended to have a professional install it to ensure it is properly configured and functioning correctly.

How do I choose the right HVAC contractor?

When choosing an HVAC contractor, consider their experience, licensing, insurance, references, and customer reviews. It’s also essential to get multiple quotes and compare services before deciding.

What is SEER rating?

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) measures the cooling efficiency of a heat pump or air conditioner. Higher SEER ratings indicate a greater energy efficiency.

Can I use my HVAC system if it’s making a strange noise?

Strange noises from your HVAC system may indicate a problem. It’s best to turn it off and contact a professional for inspection and repair to prevent further damage.

Who should I call for heating and air conditioning services in Charleston, SC, and the surrounding areas?

If your home or business needs further assistance with your HVAC, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Smoak’s Comfort Control. We provide heating and air conditioning services for homes and businesses throughout Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. We are prepared to address your home comfort needs. Visit our HVAC areas we serve page to see if we provide services to your location.

This frequently asked questions page offers basic information about some common HVAC issues. For more tips, tricks, and hints, please read our blog. Please return to this page again because we will be updating the HVAC FAQs occasionally. If you don’t see your question listed here, please get in touch with us today. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our professional plumbers, contact us today by giving us a call at (843) 556-9550 or complete our easy online service request form.