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How often should I have my heating and cooling equipment serviced?

Most industry experts recommend at least once per year for both heating and cooling. Studies have shown that lack of proper maintenance can reduce equipment efficiency by 15%.

How often should I change my air filter?

It depends on the style of filter, the environment being heated and cooled, and how often the equipment is running. Generally speaking, you should check your air filters once per month.

Why do I need to have my brand new equipment permitted and inspected by a public official?

In areas where permits and inspections are required, an inspection will protect the consumer against shoddy workmanship and ensure safety and code compliance. It also ensures that only a licensed contractor performs the work. At Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning all work will be performed to accepted code regardless of whether a permit and inspection are required.

When does an inspector perform an inspection of the new comfort system?

If you live in an area that requires a permit and inspection, the inspection will be performed after the new system has been installed. It is OK to operate your new comfort system prior to inspection. It is your responsibility to allow access for the inspector to view the work, but we will coordinate a day that works with your schedule to have your inspection performed. Unfortunately- we don’t have any control over the inspector’s schedule. If your inspector does not show up as promised or is late- please give our office a call.

How often should I add refrigerant to my air conditioning system?

If all is well- never. If you occasionally have to have refrigerant added to your system, you probably have a leak that needs to be repaired.

I have hot and cold spots in my house. Is there anything I can do to help even out the temperatures?

Sometimes registers and grilles have dampers which can be opened or closed to assist with balancing hot and cold spots. If your thermostat has a “fan” switch or setting, running your system with the fan on will help keep the temperatures even. If neither of these solves your problems, some duct modifications may be in order.

I suffer from bad allergies. Is there anything I can do to help keep my allergy suffering to a minimum?

Yes. The EPA says your indoor air is often times as much as 70% more polluted than outdoor air. We have many solutions including high efficiency particulate air filters. Give us a call, and we will make some recommendations.