Q. My gas bill has been getting bigger every year for the last few winters. Is there anything I can do to cut back on my HVAC System's energy usage? I keep my thermostat about as low as I can.
A. A lot of people are in the same boat as you because natural gas prices, especially in the Midwest, have soared in the last few years. One way we've helped customers cope is with Trane's Hybrid Heat system. It's a high-efficiency natural gas furnace combined with a high-efficiency electric heat pump. It's often referred to as a "dual fuel" system.
Q. Is a heating and cooling system with more capacity always better?
A. Almost Never. The correct size of your HVAC system is based on running a computer generated load using measurements of your home’s interior space. If you put in an oversized furnace it will not run long enough to get to its steady sate efficiency. If you put in an oversized A/C unit it will not run long enough to remove humidity.
The heat of a West Chester summer takes a lot out of an air conditioner. By investing in air conditioning service early in the cooling season, you'll gain the peace of mind of knowing your system can handle the hottest weather without springing any costly surprises on you.
Over time, myths about using HVAC systems have developed. While some are harmless, others can drive up energy costs and cause system problems. Here are five myths you shouldn't fall for this summer.