Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is a bigger
furnace or air conditioner better?
A: No it is not. Bigger is not always better in the
HVAC industry. A larger air conditioner uses more
electricity and costs more to purchase, install and
upkeep. A properly sized unit will provide the most
efficient energy use and most comfort in your home.
When buying a home comfort system, selecting the
right size is crucial. For instance, an air
conditioner that is too large will cool your home
quickly but you still may not feel comfortable. It
will satisfy the thermostat before it can remove
sufficient moisture from the air. However, a system
that is too small just cannot get the job done. As
Trane Comfort Specialists, we can help you determine
the right size system for your home comfort needs.
Q: How Often should I change my filters?
A: Check filters every two months and replace as
Q: I would like to upgrade to a new high
efficiency furnace or air conditioner. Do you offer
A: Yes we offer financing with approved credit for all types of
situations call AIRS Co. to ask about your specific needs.
Q: I like to keep my house very cool in the
summer would a new unit help with costs?
A: If you have a 15 year old unit it could be as
little as 6 SEER. Most people set their thermostat
around 78 degrees in the summer to save costs and
with a new Trane high efficiency air conditioner you
could save as much as $600 per summer on a typical 4
ton unit while having your thermostat set a few
Q: What are the benefits of a programmable
A: A Programmable thermostat is programmed for when
you leave your house and then return home. The
thermostat turns of the furnace during the hours you
are not home so that energy is not used to keep the
house warm while you are at work. The thermostat
will then turn back on 30 minutes before you come
home so your house is at the perfect temperature
when you are home. These thermostats save up to 15%
on your energy bills during the winter and 10% in
Q: Why are furnaces and air conditioners so
A: They are not noisy if you install new Trane
components in your system. Old units were not built
with the quality materials that are used today.
Trane also installs sound insulators on the
compressor as well as a weather guard top that not
only reduces noise but increases the life of the
unit by not letting debris get into the system.
Q: When I am on vacation should I turn off my
furnace to save energy?
A: Common settings are 85 degrees in the summer if
you have air conditioning and 60 in the winter if
you will be gone for a couple of days. These
settings will keep most plants alive and will keep
pipes from freezing and bursting in the winter.
Q: Do I run any risk by accepting the lowest bid?
A: YES! If a bid comes in 5-10% lower than other
companies it is because they are using inferior
products, do not do a quality installation or are
leaving something out of their bid. Many companies
will not pay for permits or schedule the inspector
to come to your house. Airs Co. does all the work for you, you just
need to relax and enjoy the comfort and energy
efficiency of your new system
ENERGY SAVING TIPS
If your heating and cooling
system is over 10 years old, you're probably
cheating yourself out of energy and money. You could
be paying 30-50% more in utility costs than you
should be. We can help you lower those bills and
make you more comfortable at the same time. Heating
and cooling your home uses more energy dollars than
any other system in your home. Typically, 44% of
your utility bill goes for heating and cooling. You
can save money and increase comfort by properly
maintaining and upgrading your equipment.
An energy-efficient furnace or air conditioner alone
won't have as great an impact on your energy bills
as using the whole house approach. By combining
proper equipment, upgrades and maintenance with
appropriate thermostat settings, insulation and
weatherization, you can cut your energy bills in
•Set your thermostat as low as it is comfortable.
•Clean or replace your filters once a month.
•Clean registers as needed and make sure they're not
blocked by furniture or carpeting.
•Use household fans wisely. Turn them off as soon as
they've done their job.
•Keep drapes and shades open on south-facing windows
during the heating season to allow sunlight to enter
your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill.
•Close an unoccupied room and turn down the
thermostat or zone to that room.
•Set your thermostat as high as it is comfortable.
•Clean or replace your filters once a month.
•Set the fan speed on high except in very humid
weather. When it's humid, set the fan speed on low.
•Use ceiling fans to spread the cooled air more
•Don't place TVs or electrical appliances that
generate heat near your thermostats.
•Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning
units but don't block the airflow.