Do You Know The Answer To These Heating & A/C Questions?


Homeowners in San Mateo, Hayward, and other Bay Area communities often don’t know much more about their HVAC systems other than they keep their homes comfortable throughout the year, particularly during summer and winter months. We thought it would be interesting to toss up a few heating and air conditioning questions to see just how much most homeowners do know!

Why is the size of your system important? A heating/cooling system that is either too small or too large for your home causes problems. Too small, and you’ll notice your home won’t stay warm enough in winter or cool enough in summer – and it will run too often, resulting in higher energy bills. Too large an HVAC system will also increase costs because of the fact that it cycles on and off too often. One of our expert HVAC technicians can perform a load calculation to ensure your system is the right size for your needs.

How long does an HVAC system typically last? Most modern heating & cooling systems will last for about 10 to 15 years, however you can extend your system’s life by having regular maintenance performed.

Do you need to give the air ducts any thought? While most Bay Area homeowners don’t, it’s a good idea to have your air ducts inspected every few years by a professional to see if there is a build up of dirt, dust, mold, or even pest/rodent droppings. Whatever is in your ducts can make its way into your home, impacting indoor air quality!

How often should you check the air filter? Once a month is sufficient. If you cannot see light through the air filter when you hold it up to a light source, it’s time to replace. A clogged, dirty filter not only prevents good airflow, it can also damage components of your HVAC system.

Is it really necessary to have my HVAC system checked out every year? Absolutely. Preventive maintenance keeps your system in good working order, extends its life, and ensures any minor problems are addressed before they become bigger (and more costly) issues, or even a complete breakdown.

Whether you have a problem with your HVAC system, think it’s time for a check-up, or are considering the installation of a newer, high efficiency model, count on the professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning for all of your home comfort needs! We invite those in San Mateo, Hayward, and the surrounding Bay Area to contact us today.