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Q: What is a SEER and why does it matter?

A: SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  The higher the SEER, the more efficiently your system will operate.  By Federal law, the minimum efficiency standard for newly manufactured air conditioners and heat pumps is 14 SEER.

Q:  What is the difference between R22 and 410A refrigerant?

A:  R22 is the older refrigerant, and over time, government regualtions will gradually phase it out of the industry (by year 2010).  It will be available to the consumer at a higher cost and availability may become an issue.  410A is the new environmentally friendly refrigerant meeting government regulation. As 410A becomes more widespread, you can expect the cost to drop.

Q:  Why do I need to have my system serviced regularly?

A:  Your HVAC system is like an automobile.  If you to not have your car tuned, change the fluids, and maintain the engine, you will have problems and void the warranty on that vehicle.  We recommend a Spring and Fall check.  This offers you the security in knowing your system is maintained and no surprises when you turn the heat or air on for the first time. 

Q:  Why should my system be installed by a qualified and reputable contractor?  

A:  Buyer Beware.  Industry standards and equipment are constantly changing and advancing.  Reputable HVAC contractors are striving to educate and train their employees to keep them up to speed on the ever changing market.  Hiring an unlicensed contractor places the consumer at risk.  Warranties can be voided, home owner's insurance will not cover the work, and future service calls for poor installations can be costly.  The initial installation may save you money in the beginning, but generally will cost you more down the road.