Your Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Questions Answered
At HARP Home Services, it’s important to our team that our customers understand what we’re doing and what their options are. We’re dedicated to keeping you in the loop and answering any questions you might have. Feel free to ask our highly qualified, factory-trained technicians while they are on-site, give us a call at (844) 863-2684 to speak with our friendly support personnel, or browse our frequently asked questions below.
How important is indoor air quality?
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can be the cause of numerous health problems. Medical groups report that as many as half of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution. Pollutants in your home’s air can cause dizziness, headaches, and nausea, plus aggravate allergies and asthma. When it comes to indoor air quality, it’s important to keep in mind the following factors: ventilation, purification, humidity, and filtration.
How can I avoid toilet clogs?
Never flush anything down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed, including baby wipes, paper towels, or feminine products. Furthermore, try to avoid using excess toilet paper as this can lead to clogs.
When do I need professional air conditioning and heating services?
If your air conditioning, heating, or ventilation systems aren’t functioning properly, it’s always a good idea to call in a professional. Signs of malfunction may include an increase in utility bills, odd smells or noises, reduced efficiency, or a system that takes unusually long to heat or cool your home. Most manufacturers, as well as our experienced technicians, recommend annual tune-ups to catch problems early and prevent costly repairs.
Why should I schedule regular maintenance for my air conditioning and heating systems?
Most manufacturers and HVAC professionals recommend regular maintenance and tune-ups for your systems to extend the lifespan of your equipment, spot early warning signs of trouble, and ensure your system is working at peak efficiency. Regular maintenance can pay for itself many times over by saving you money on energy bills and minimizing costly repairs or replacements.
How often do you recommend I schedule a tune-up for my heating and air conditioning systems?
Our experienced technicians at HARP Home Services recommend scheduling two maintenance appointments each year, once just before the hot summer months and once before the cold winter season. This way, you’ll know your cooling and heating systems are ready to keep you comfortable all year long.
How often should the filters in my HVAC system be replaced?
Our team recommends replacing disposable filters at least once a month and having washable filters cleaned once a month.
If I purchase an air conditioning and heating system, which size should I choose?
There are many factors at play when it comes to determining the size of your air conditioning and heating system, including the size of your home, placement of the system, and other variables. Choosing and installing the correct size can affect comfort and efficiency. Our factory-trained, licensed technicians are experienced in assessing these different factors and selecting the correct size system for your home and needs.
Why should I choose a programmable thermostat?
Programmable thermostats, such as the Nest Smart Home, offer convenience and increased efficiency, which often pays for the upgrade quickly via savings on utility bills. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the ideal temperature based on your schedule, your habits, and the season without manually adjusting it.
How do I know when it’s time to replace my air conditioning or heating system?
Generally speaking, the lifespan of most air conditioners or furnaces is about 12 years, and for boilers, 15-20 years. This can vary based on how often the system is used, the system’s overall quality and efficiency, and how well it has been maintained. At HARP Home Services, we pride ourselves on giving you honest advice about when we’re able to repair your system and when you’re better off replacing it.
How will I know if my water heater isn’t functioning properly?
Contact HARP Home Services to take a look at your water heater if you notice a significant decrease in the amount of hot water available, no hot water at all, odd smells or noises from the unit, or obvious signs of a leak. Our experienced technicians can diagnose the problem, recommend a plumbing solution, and perform water heater repairs, replacements, or installations.