Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I ask the professional members of the STURDEVANT Team to service my HVAC system?
If you use the HVAC system each day in your home, we suggest a minimal frequency of service of 4 times per year.
What does the basic HVAC service include?
We check to see that the system is operating at the highest efficiency possible for the age of the unit.

– If there is a problem with the system, we will let you know and the cost.
– Clean the outdoor condenser.
– Check and change the filter as necessary.
– Clear condensate drain(s) Safety and hazard check.

What can I do about indoor air quality?

Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential for maintaining a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Here are some steps you can take to address indoor air quality concerns:

1. Regular HVAC Maintenance: Schedule routine maintenance for your HVAC system to ensure it operates efficiently and effectively. This includes changing air filters regularly, cleaning ducts and vents, and inspecting for any leaks or damage that could compromise air quality.

2. Use High-Quality Air Filters: Invest in high-efficiency air filters that can capture smaller particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander. Consider upgrading to HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters for superior filtration.

3. Control Humidity Levels: Maintain optimal humidity levels in your home, typically between 30-50%. Use a dehumidifier to reduce excess moisture in humid climates and a humidifier to add moisture in dry climates.

4. Ventilate Properly: Ensure adequate ventilation by opening windows and doors when weather permits or using exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms. This helps to remove pollutants and improve air circulation.

5. Reduce Indoor Pollutants: Minimize sources of indoor air pollutants such as smoking, using harsh cleaning products, and burning candles or incense. Choose low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, furnishings, and household products to minimize off-gassing.

6. Consider Air Purifiers: Install air purifiers or air filtration systems to remove airborne contaminants and allergens. Look for units with HEPA filters or advanced filtration technologies to effectively capture particles.

7. Test for Radon and Carbon Monoxide: Regularly test your home for radon and carbon monoxide, both of which can pose serious health risks if present at elevated levels. Install detectors for early detection and mitigation.

8. Maintain a Clean Environment: Keep your home clean and clutter-free to reduce the accumulation of dust, mold, and other allergens. Vacuum regularly with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner and dust surfaces frequently.

By implementing these measures, you can significantly improve indoor air quality and create a healthier living environment for you and your family. If you have specific concerns or require professional assistance, don’t hesitate to consult with us.

What's the best way to extend the life of my unit?

To extend the life of your air conditioning unit, prioritize regular maintenance by scheduling annual inspections and tune-ups with a qualified HVAC technician, ensuring components are clean, lubricated, and in good condition. Change air filters regularly, clear debris around the outdoor condenser unit, and maintain proper airflow by keeping vents unobstructed and interior doors open. Use a programmable thermostat to optimize energy usage and avoid overworking the system, while also sealing and insulating ductwork to minimize air loss. Promptly address any repairs or issues to prevent further damage and ensure efficient performance. By following these steps, you can help prolong the lifespan of your AC unit and minimize the risk of costly repairs or replacements.

How often should I replace my filters in Hawaii?

In Hawaii’s tropical climate, where air conditioning systems often run year-round due to the warm temperatures, it’s generally recommended to replace air conditioning filters more frequently than in other regions. Ideally, air filters should be replaced every 1 to 2 months to ensure optimal performance and maintain indoor air quality. However, factors such as the presence of pets, indoor air pollution, and individual usage patterns can influence the frequency of filter replacement. Regularly inspecting air filters for dirt, dust, and debris buildup and replacing them as needed is key to keeping your AC system running efficiently and maintaining a healthy indoor environment.  Contact us for help!

Is there anything I should check before I call for service?

Make sure any breakers connected to your system are turned on.  Sometimes breakers flip off by themselves, so check these prior to calling for service.  Also make sure any remotes have batteries and that they don’t just simply need new batteries.

What are the signs that my HVAC system needs repair?

Common signs that indicate your HVAC system may need repair include unusual noises, reduced airflow, inconsistent temperatures, frequent cycling on and off, and unusually high energy bills. If you notice any of these issues, it’s best to contact us for a diagnosis or repair.

What factors should I consider when choosing a new HVAC system?

When selecting a new HVAC system, it’s important to consider factors such as the size and layout of your home, energy efficiency ratings, SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, available rebates or incentives, and your budget. Consulting with a knowledgeable HVAC professional – contact us to discuss your next steps.

What is the difference between HVAC maintenance and HVAC repair?

HVAC maintenance involves preventive measures taken to keep your system running smoothly, such as regular inspections, tune-ups, and cleaning. HVAC repair, on the other hand, addresses specific issues or malfunctions with your system and involves fixing or replacing damaged components to restore functionality.

What are the common applications of sheet metal in custom home construction?

Sheet metal is utilized in various aspects of custom home construction, including roofing, flashing, gutters, downspouts, chimney caps, decorative accents, and HVAC ductwork. Its versatility allows for the creation of custom solutions to meet specific architectural and design requirements.

What factors should be considered when selecting sheet metal for custom home projects?

When selecting sheet metal for custom home projects, factors to consider include the material type (e.g., steel, aluminum, copper), gauge thickness, finish options, corrosion resistance, durability, environmental sustainability, and compatibility with other building materials and finishes.

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