Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs.

Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople can answer all your HVAC-related questions. Before you get on the phone, look to see if we already responded to your question online. If you don’t see your question on the list or want more information on a topic, give us a call at 724-452-6280. Our staff can give you the information you’re looking for in no time.

Why is regular maintenance important?

Just like you need to take your car in to the shop for routine tune-ups, such as oil changes or inspecting potential issues, your home comfort system should be subject to the same kind of attention. Regular maintenance by a professional technician provides various benefits to your HVAC equipment, which can help your systems operate efficiently and prevent costly breakdowns.

What is two-stage heating?

With two-stage heating, furnaces may run on two different levels: high and low. Since you can heat your home on the low setting a lot of the time, a two-stage furnace can operate longer and more efficiently. Two-stage heating also runs more quietly than traditional furnaces and can give you more even heat distribution and fewer temperature swings.

How does Precise Comfort™ technology work?

Lennox’s Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system that allows a furnace to adjust heat and airflow by incredibly small amounts, as low as a 1 percent change. The system is automatic and runs similar to cruise control, making adjustments gradually to meet your comfort demands with energy efficiency.

How will my new furnace work differently from my old one?

Depending on how old your previous furnace was, you could experience a variety of differences. Furnaces today are created to give more even and efficient heating than ever before. Modern furnaces also better regulate temperature and air flow, moving more air over the heat exchanger than older furnaces.

Additionally, new furnaces are designed to integrate with other high-efficiency HVAC products, such as air conditioners. The air conditioner blowers offer your heating system an extra lift so it can deliver cool air around your home efficiently. Special features like variable speed motors will also help reduce noise associated with operating your equipment and easily meet your family’s airflow needs.

How can I reduce my energy costs?

Heating and cooling makes up a huge portion of your monthly utility bill. Purchasing HVAC equipment with high efficiency ratings, such as SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces, is a simple step that can go a long way in reducing energy output. Beyond these ratings, also consider:

  • Routine maintenance – regularly having a pro tune-up your equipment will keep it working at its highest potential.
  • Adding a zoning system – by focusing your heating and cooling on the rooms you use most frequently, you won’t have to pay to heat or cool areas of your home that aren’t used often.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat – the Department of Energy estimates that a programmable thermostat can lower heating costs by up to 35 percent and cooling costs by up to 25 percent. Leave it up to your thermostat to turn down the heat when you’re away and go back to your preferred temperature when you’re home.

Why should I buy from Lennox?

There are a number of reasons to go with Lennox, but the top three are:

  • You know and trust the name – Lennox is known around the world for its quality home comfort products.
  • Innovation and high quality – Lennox is an industry leader, providing a complete line of innovative solutions for your home comfort needs.
  • Commitment to excellence – We are dedicated to providing customers not only quality products, but also quality service. You can trust Lennox dealers, like those of us at Knoechel Heating Company, to help you identify the right system for your home, expertly install it, and keep it running smoothly every time.

What can I do to improve my home’s indoor air quality?

Increasing your home’s indoor air quality starts with four basic strategies:

  • Eliminate – poor indoor air quality leaves your home full of with air pollutants floating around your home, so to improve IAQ, the first step is to eliminate as many pollutants as possible. You can easily do this is by cleaning and vacuuming at least once a week, frequently washing linens and storing cleaning products safely.
  • Ventilate – proper insulation is great for keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it also makes it harder for airborne pollutants to escape. Products like our Healthy Climate® ventilation system help swap out stale air for fresh, filtered outside air.
  • Clean – good ventilation and frequent cleaning are a start, but Healthy Climate® air filters, germicidal lights and PureAire™ purification systems take your IAQ to the next level by capturing microscopic particles, killing germs and removing particles and germs while destroying chemical vapors.
  • Monitor – programmable thermostats will help you keep an eye on the humidity levels and temperature to help prevent particles and germs from accumulating and keep your home comfortable.

How does an air conditioner work?

You might be surprised to know that air conditioners don’t technically make your home cooler; they actually remove the hot air and move it outside. This hot air is pushed across a refrigerant coil on the indoor unit and then is sent to the outdoor unit where it is released. Your air conditioner moves as much hot air outside as is necessary to reach the temperature you have set on your thermostat.

What is the minimum energy efficiency standard for air conditioners in my state?

Different regions have different minimum energy efficiency standards. Additionally, air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units made after Jan. 1, 2015, have higher minimum efficiency levels than equipment manufactured prior to that date. The team at Knoechel Heating Company can help you determine the minimum requirements for Zelienople, let you know if your current products meets those requirements or help you find a replacement air conditioner that does.

What size equipment do I need for my home?

Since equipment size needs differ for each home, the best way to determine the correct size equipment for your home is to have a technician from Knoechel Heating Company come out to perform load calculation tests. The tests take things like square footage, insulation value and amount, and more into account to determine your home’s individual HVAC equipment needs.

What is two-stage cooling?

When an air conditioner uses two-stage cooling, it means that there are two levels of operation. This lets the system work most effectively since there is one level for milder weather and a second for harsher weather that demands the system work harder. Two-stage cooling also enables slight temperature changes so you don’t experience extreme differences in temperature. Aside from better efficiency, other benefits of two-stage cooling include quieter operation and improved humidity control.

Why is my system freezing up?

When your cooling unit freezes up, there are a number of reasons why it could be doing so. The most frequent reasons include: dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporative coil and a faulty blower motor or relay. A dirty filter is something you can fix as a homeowner, but the others need to be completed by a professional like those at Knoechel Heating Company. Contact them at 724-452-6280 with any additional questions.

What is the best thermostat to use for my cooling system?

Knoechel Heating Company has a number of great thermostat options for your HVAC systems. The best thermostat for you will depend on a variety of variables, such as whether you want one that’s programmable or not. No matter what kind of thermostat you’d like – or if you’re looking for something that can fit with a home automation system – call Knoechel Heating Company to hear about which thermostats you can choose from. Our team will help you find one that fits with your system, your family’s needs and your budget.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump takes care of both your home’s heating and cooling needs, offering you one HVAC system that can be used year-round. During the warmer months, heat pumps act like an air conditioner, capturing the hot air from inside your home and moving it outside; in the cooler months, this process is reversed. Heat pumps can be very energy efficient and may produce two to three times more heat than the energy needed for the process.

When replacing the outdoor unit, should the indoor unit also be replaced?

At Knoechel Heating Company, we do recommend replacing both your indoor and outdoor units at the same time because:

  • Outdoor systems are now built to work with their matching indoor system for maximum efficiency. When you replace only one of your systems, you may not see the same savings on your energy bills as if you had replaced them together.
  • Thanks to technological advancements, newer systems mean increased efficiency. This is true for heating and cooling products as well. While the advancements focus on greater heating and cooling efficiency, they also include benefits such as better air handling, filtering and noise reduction.
  • If your heating and cooling systems are 10+ years old, they need to be replaced. Older models have outdated technology that is likely adding to your energy costs due to poor efficiency. So by replacing your indoor system at the same time as your outdoor equipment, both your systems will provide better energy efficiency that helps you lower your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable.