Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC
What are the advantages of ductless HVAC technology and when should it be used?
Ductless HVAC technology offers many potential benefits for homeowners. Units can be zoned to maximize energy efficiency when cooling specific rooms or areas of the home. They provide a more energy-efficient alternative to traditional whole-home systems thanks to their design, the lack of energy loss via ductwork, and can help reduce heating and cooling bills. Overall, multi-zone ductless installations can be a strong option for homeowners seeking cost-effective and energy-efficient options for controlling the climate of their home. This technology is ideal for new home additions, converted attics and garages, outdoor guest cottages, and for retrofitting historical homes with no existing ductwork. A multi-zone system with several outdoor units also can be a viable and energy-efficient alternative to central air or heat pump, depending on the region.
What is the Daikin FIT side-discharge, smart HVAC system? And is it right for me?
The Daikin FIT HVAC system is the latest and greatest in home comfort control solutions. This compact, smart home solution for whole home heating and cooling features an inverter-driven compressor for precise temperature control to provide more consistent and energy-efficient performance. Featuring a low-profile design with incredibly low sound compared to traditional cube-style outdoor units, Daikin FIT gives you the control and comfort your home deserves. Contact Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. today to schedule a free consult to learn more about the efficient, effective Daikin FIT solution.
What is a SEER rating and why is it important?
The cooling efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment is measured by the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. This ratio represents how much cooling your system will provide for each dollar spent on electricity, compared to other systems. Higher SEER ratings represent more efficient systems. An HVAC unit’s SEER rating can range from 13 to 21, depending on a variety of factors. A SEER rating does not factor in the added efficiency that Daikin inverter compressors can provide when operating at less than full capacity.
Why is the SEER rating on the Energy Guide different than what my contractor quoted?
The nominal SEER rating for your split cooling system may not be the same as what you were originally quoted. This is because seasonal energy-efficiency can be increased by upgrading the indoor unit to another unit of the same series. Your overall SEER rating is determined by the combination of equipment installed. Both your outdoor equipment (such as a heat pump or air conditioner) and your indoor units (such as the air handler or furnace and evaporator coil), contribute to the total SEER rating.
Why should I have regular (or preventive) maintenance? And how often should I have it performed?
Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance is essential for your heating and cooling equipment. These sensitive systems work hard day-in and day-out to maintain your home climate. Continual operation – as well as frequent starting and stopping – can contribute to increased wear and tear on your home HVAC unit. Regular maintenance is essential for increasing the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment, and it improves effective performance. Regular maintenance inspections can help identify major issues (including leaks, rot, soot, frayed wires, and corrosion) that can contribute to decreased performance and even equipment failure. Regular maintenance may also be required to receive the full benefits of your systems limited warranty. Schedule a preventive maintenance check with Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. to ensure your equipment is operating in top condition and to help reduce future issues in your home heating and cooling equipment.
What equipment requires regular (or preventive) maintenance?
You should have your heating and cooling equipment tuned up by a professional annually in both the spring and the fall. If you have an air conditioner and heat pump, your service technician should inspect your fan, compressor, indoor and outdoor coils, and all refrigerant lines. For homes with boilers and furnaces, inspections should cover ductwork, pipes, dampers, valves, chimneys, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, oil tanks, fuel lines, and all components of the boiler and furnace themselves. A full check of your systems is key for maintaining their performance in the summer and winter months and for maintaining the complete coverage of your systems limited warranty.
I need help troubleshooting a problem with my equipment.
As your local Daikin contractor, Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. is your go-to expert for all things related to troubleshooting for any brand of heating and air conditioning equipment. Specialized troubleshooting technicians are also available at Daikin Distribution centers across the nation – we will work with them to solve your issues. If additional assistance from the factory is needed to solve your situation, Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. will contact our factory supported Service Manager(s) to ensure your problem is resolved.
What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?
Programmable thermostats offer a more accurate and efficient alternative to traditional mercury thermostats. Smart solutions empower homeowners to program their thermostats to meet their temperature needs throughout the day without ever having to touch the thermostat itself. Powerful apps are available for many solutions to empower remote control of your home climate. With the right programming, you can fully automate your home temperature routine for your convenience and comfort. Some smart home thermostats can help you save energy and may alert you or your Daikin contractor of potential problems with your system.
What type of filter should I use? And how often should I replace it?
While a standard air filter will do the basic work of keeping your ductwork and system clean, it will not improve your home’s indoor air quality. Many homeowners rely on media air cleaners to solve this problem. A media filter is situated between your main duct return and the blower cabinet to improve a standard air filter’s removal of dust and particulate matter by up to seven times. Beyond this, an upgraded pleated media filter can even remove viruses from the filtered air. Whatever solution you decide upon, you should always match your air filters to the capacity of your HVAC blower. To ensure optimized performance and air quality, we recommend replacing disposable filters monthly or cleaning reusable filters monthly as well.
Why can't I find the correct size furnace filter at my local home improvement store for my Daikin Brand Equipment?
Daikin is committed to providing high-performance HVAC equipment. Filters for your Daikin unit use high-quality materials not found in retail stores’ disposable filters. Because of this, replacement filters for Daikin equipment may only be available from certified Daikin contractors. Remember that some Daikin filters can be washed by hand in cold water for reuse.
Where can I get parts for my Daikin equipment?
Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. is your most effective and reliable source for Daikin parts and equipment. We will ensure that your parts are properly identified to supply you with accurate, cost-effective and timely orders for your system.
Which Daikin equipment will best fit my home?
Your system will be configured based on many factors, including your home’s square footage, type of insulation, surface area of windows, geographic location, duct size, and more. Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. will complete an exhaustive in-home load analysis to help identify which combinations and configurations of equipment are best suited to heat and cool your home. In general, one ton of air conditioning can cool between 300 and 800 square feet of a home. Our licensed and certified heating and cooling technicians will complete a thorough evaluation of your home’s heating and cooling needs to right-size your equipment for optimal performance.
What does my limited warranty cover?
Daikin provides a standard factory limited warranty that covers parts that fail due to parts defects during the prescribed warranty period. Labor is not covered by the warranty. Check your warranty certificate (included in your homeowner information packet), for more information specific to your products’ model number, serial number, installation date, and more. We register all Daikin equipment we install with the Daikin Corporation to ensure your standard – parts warranty is active. If you have misplaced your warranty certificate, please contact Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. for help with that information. The Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc. Complete Comfort Care Plan includes a warranty for ten years of parts and labor on your Daikin heating and cooling equipment.
What is the life expectancy of my unit?
Daikin products are known for their dependable performance and are one of the longest-lasting lines of heating and cooling products on the market today. Life expectancy for specific equipment models is affected by a variety of factors, including the completion of regularly scheduled routine maintenance.
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