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Your HVAC system is one of the most critical components to bring comfort to your home; a warm escape from the cold during the winter months and a cool oasis in the summer. Although you use your HVAC nearly every day, how often do you think about it? How often do you think of getting it serviced? There are a lot of questions you might have about the HVAC system that you push to the back of your mind until the system breaks or requires repair. We’ve created this FAQ page to refresh your knowledge of your system and inform you of things you should be mindful of when it comes to your heating and air conditioning systems.

How often should air filters be changed?

Depending on the brand, size, and kind of air filter you have, it should be replaced every 90 days. Upon purchasing a new air filter, the packaging will likely state how frequently it needs to be replaced. This being said, 90 days is a safe general rule to keep in mind. If you have trouble remembering when to replace your air filter, try setting a reminder in your calendar or phone.

How often should it be serviced?

Your HVAC system should be serviced at least once a year to ensure it’s working efficiently and correctly. If your system is getting older or has had persistent problems in the past, it might be good to have it serviced semi-annually.

When should I get a replacement?

A good rule of thumb is to replace your HVAC system every 10-15 years. However, your system may need replacement sooner if problems arise. For example, sometimes repairs cost nearly as much or more than a replacement; if that’s the case, it may be time to consider getting a brand new system.

Other things to keep an eye out for are:

A sudden increase in energy bills.
Dust accumulation throughout your home.
Odd sounds.
Unusual sounds.
These can all be signs of a more severe HVAC system problem and need repair or replacement.

What size HVAC system does my home need?

The size of your HVAC system depends on your home’s size. Plenty of online calculators can help you find the perfect system according to your home size. However, the Mid Atlantic Heating and Air conditioning experts are always ready and willing to help! We’ll ensure you have the perfect system to accommodate your needs and the size of your home.

How can I improve air quality in my home?

You can do or implement a few simple things in your home to improve indoor air quality. Changing your filters regularly, investing in an air purification system, and letting fresh air flow from outside into your home through open windows and doors are great ways to improve overall air quality. Your best bet is to have your HVAC system regularly serviced by a professional and get things repaired right away rather than waiting.