The team here at HERO Heating & Air knows that the HVAC world can be confusing and overwhelming, especially to brand new homeowners. That’s why we’re here to be your heroes! Below, we’ve answered some of the most common heating and air conditioning questions that we’ve received while providing quality HVAC service to the greater North Charleston, SC area. As always, if you have any other questions or concerns, give HERO Heating & Air a call today. We are always ready to help our customers with their heating and cooling systems!

What is HVAC?

HVAC is short for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC is most often used to depict the whole heating and cooling system consisting of the ductwork, air filters, humidification controls, and registers.

What is the SEER Rating?

The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is how the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment is measured. The SEER is the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar spent on electricity, as compared to other systems. For example, a 3-ton unit may have a SEER efficiency rating of 13, 14, or 15. The higher the SEER the more efficient the system will be. The SEER rating of any given unit can range anywhere from 13 to 17.

Why Should I have Regular HVAC Maintenance?

Your heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your North Charleston, SC home every day. The constant stopping, starting and continual operation can wear down any machine if the proper care and maintenance are delayed. However, by performing regular maintenance, you can maximize the life-cycle of your heating or cooling unit and guard against many common equipment failures. Preventive maintenance inspections performed on a regular basis can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires, and corroded electrical contacts that the naked eye may not notice. You should have maintenance done on your system regularly to ensure maximum efficiency and allow prevent possible problems that may occur in the near future.

What are the Advantages of a Programmable Thermostat?

Since they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. With programmable thermostats, you can control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat. Because everything is automatic, you will never forget to change the setting on your own. Programmable thermostats truly make your North Charleston, SC home a more comfortable and convenient place.

Which American Standard Equipment Will Best Fit My Home?

There are many factors that affect the sizing and specifications of your system, including square footage, insulation, window surface and configuration, geographic location of your home, duct sizing and arrangement, and many others. HERO Heating & Air can perform an in-home load analysis to determine which equipment combinations will perfectly suit your home and your family’s needs. Depending upon the construction of your home, one ton of air conditioning can cool anywhere from 300 to 800 square feet of home. The only way to ensure the size of the system you purchase will be large enough to cool your home, but not any larger than you need, is to have your home’s individual heating and cooling needs evaluated by a licensed professional.

I Need Help Troubleshooting a Problem with My Equipment

As your local North Charleston, SC American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning dealer, HERO Heating & Air is your troubleshooting expert and is glad to help you. Should we encounter a situation that requires additional factory help, we will contact our factory-supported Service Manager(s) for assistance.