Rely on Best Home Services’ HVAC Services in Central Florida
Since 1980, BHS has lived up to the name as being one of the best heating and cooling companies in Southwest and Central Florida. Whether you need routine HVAC maintenance or an emergency air conditioner repair, our certified HVAC technicians provide award-winning customer service. Our honest, upfront pricing, flexible scheduling, and extensive resources have earned us a positive reputation. Below, you’ll find the answers to questions we often receive concerning HVAC systems. Should you not find the information you seek here, we urge you to reach out to us directly via phone or email.
What’s an HVAC Unit? Are There Different HVAC System Types?
HVAC is an acronym that stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. An HVAC system is what keeps buildings cool during the summer and warm during the winter. There are four main types of HVAC systems: split systems, hybrid systems, duct-free systems, and packaged heating and air systems. Split heating and cooling systems are the most common. Typically, this type of system has a heater located in the basement and an air conditioner located outside of the home. A thermostat controls your indoor temperatures, while a humidifier may also keep you comfortable.
Hybrid systems are similar, except they usually switch between gas and electric power to give property owners more energy-efficient options. Duct-free, or mini-split systems, are individually placed in various rooms to allow independent temperature control and home zoning. Packaged heating and air systems are ideal for compact spaces and warmer climates such as Florida’s because the heating isn’t as powerful as other options. Although split systems remain the most popular, hybrid and duct-free systems are on the rise as home and business owners address energy efficiency concerns.
What Size HVAC System Should I Have in My Home or Office?
Heating and cooling systems are measured by their tonnage. One ton equals roughly 12,000 BTU/H and can efficiently cool 300-800 square feet of space. HVAC size does matter, as a unit that’s too small for a space will end up working harder, often resulting in frequent breakdowns and repairs. The best way to determine if your HVAC system is ideal for your space is to ask the professionals at BHS. Check out our blog “The Best Way to Heat and Cool Your Southwest Florida Home” for tips on selecting the best HVAC system for your needs.
How Can I Improve My HVAC System’s Energy Efficiency?
Your air conditioning’s energy efficiency is linked to the unit’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher your system’s SEER rating, the more efficient the system. We would suggest examining your system’s SEER rating to see if an upgrade to a newer unit would be worth the investment. Other ways to improve your energy efficiency include installing a digital programmable thermostat or home zoning. Finally, remembering to keep up with HVAC maintenance, including replacing your air filter, can help improve your current system’s efficiency. Other ways to save money on your energy bills include installing LED lighting, dimmers, automatic timers, and ceiling fans.
How Do You Choose the Best HVAC Repair Service?
When you need an HVAC repair, time is of the essence. You need to find an HVAC repair service provider who offers fast, same-day service and honors manufacturer’s warranties. It’s also important to look for a company that offers upfront pricing, so you know exactly what’s included in your repair without any gimmicks or hidden fees. Integrity and a willingness to go the extra mile for customers goes a long way in this industry. BHS offers around-the-clock emergency cooling and heating repairs throughout Southwest and Central Florida. You’ll never have to worry about our qualifications for the job. Trusted in thousands of local homes, our technicians are fully licensed, insured, and certified for commercial and residential HVAC repairs and maintenance.
What Are Helpful Tips for Choosing an HVAC Company?
Be sure to check a company’s credentials and background. You want to find an HVAC company with the proper licensing, insurance, certifications, and the right amount of experience. Ask around for recommendations and do research on the Internet. You’ll find BHS has thousands of reviews from satisfied customers and an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau. Getting upfront pricing with a written estimate and no hidden fees is another way to guarantee your satisfaction.
How Much Is an HVAC Inspection on Average?
The cost of an HVAC inspection may vary by provider, region, and time of year. The size of your unit or home could also be a significant factor. HVAC inspections are recommended at least once a year. For the best performance, you may wish to have your heating inspected in the fall, and your air conditioning inspected in the spring. BHS strives to keep our HVAC inspection costs minimal. Be sure to ask about our affordable annual home maintenance plan, which includes AC, electrical, and plumbing inspections.
Why Is HVAC Maintenance Important?
HVAC maintenance is suggested twice a year: once for heat and once for air conditioning. The idea behind servicing your system is to prevent more costly breakdowns and repairs. Just as your body requires annual check-ups, your HVAC system requires yearly check-ups to ensure it’s in tip-top shape. BHS’ Home Care Maintenance Plan offers whole-home protection and the ultimate peace of mind. You’ll enjoy discounts on all services and repairs and priority service with worry-free scheduling and no after-hours emergency rates for one low annual fee. Our qualified technicians will visit your home or office twice per year for air conditioning maintenance, once for electrical, and once for a plumbing inspection. We also recommend reading our blog “Best Practices to Minimize Wear and Tear on HVAC Systems” for additional HVAC maintenance tips.
Is It Necessary to Service Your Air Conditioning?
Yes. Air conditioners require preventative maintenance to ensure proper airflow and maximum efficiency. Not servicing your air conditioning may result in a steady decline in performance while you may also notice a steadily increasing energy bill. Outdoor units need to be kept free of debris, including weeds, twigs, leaves, and clutter. Air filters need to be cleaned or changed regularly, usually once a month. With the right amount of maintenance, many air conditioners can last up to 10-15 years.
How Can I Tell if My HVAC System Needs to be Replaced?
If you’ve noticed steadily increasing energy bills or inconsistent indoor temperatures, these are the most common warning signs your HVAC system may need to be replaced. Frequent repairs, unusual smells or noises, excessive dust, and humidity issues are also red flags. Finally, age is also a considerable factor. If your HVAC unit is older than 15 years, it’s probably time for a modern, energy-efficient replacement.
What Are the Advantages of a Programmable Thermostat?
Digital programmable thermostats are more accurate than traditional thermostats containing mercury. They allow you to control your home or business’ indoor temperatures remotely through an app on your phone at various times throughout the day for maximum energy efficiency. You can set them automatically, so you never forget about adjusting the thermostat ever again. You can also check out our blog “Small Changes to Save Big on Your Energy Bill” for additional energy-saving tips!
Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned by Professionals?
Air duct cleaning is essential to eliminating allergens inside your home or office. Florida’s humidity can wreak havoc on your HVAC system, creating ideal conditions for mold growth. Your air ducts also need to be cleaned to deter insects and rodents from making their homes inside them. Ignoring your air ducts can be detrimental to your health and indoor comfort. When air ducts become clogged by dirt and debris, it eventually releases into your rooms. This creates unpleasant odors and unbreathable air. Rely on BHS for professional air duct cleaning services using the latest technology and equipment. Check out our blog titled “How to Reduce Home Allergens” for more info on the connection between your HVAC system and the allergens lurking inside your home.
Why Should I Choose Best Home Services for My HVAC Needs?
Are you new to the Southwest or Central Florida area? While you have many HVAC companies to choose from, BHS enjoys referrals and repeat business from thousands of satisfied home and business owners in the region. Reasons why you should choose BHS include:
- Locally Owned & Operated Since 1980
- Thousands of 5-Star Home Services Reviews
- Eight-Time Winner of Carrier’s National President’s Award
- Nexstar Service System, EPA, & N.A.T.E.-Certified Technicians
- One of the Best Annual Maintenance Plans in the Business
- Friendly, Honest Customer Service & Flexible Scheduling
- Comprehensive Home Services under One Roof (HVAC, Electrical, & Plumbing)
Do You Offer Financing for Your HVAC Services?
BHS accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards for our HVAC services. We also offer financing options through Microf and GreenSky™ to make HVAC repair more affordable for families and businesses on a budget. Feel free to contact us with any financing questions or concerns. Be sure to ask about available rebates, especially when purchasing a new air conditioning system!