Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change my furnace filter?
It may seem like it's not very dirty, but even a small amount of dirt and dust reduces the efficiency of your furnace and shortens its life. Clogged or really dirty filters can make your furnace and A/C work harder than they have to and can even cause premature failures. Keep your equipment running well by changing your filters OFTEN! Replace filter at least every 90 days.
There are so many different heating & air conditioning brands available. Which systems do you recommend?
There's a lot of great equipment available today. Trane and American Standard (both manufactured by Ingersoll Rand) are truly excellent brands that produce nice forced air systems. However, they also come with a hefty price tag. If price is no object, go with one of those - you won't be disappointed.
For anyone that is looking for a more budget-friendly option, Rheem has never let me down. It's great equipment that comes with a fair price and the best warranty in the business. Their outdoor condensing unit also looks really nice if you are dreading the eyesore in your backyard that comes with getting A/C.
All of that being said, I can get you any equipment that you prefer. I'd recommend researching the different available options and determining what would work best for your situation.
Should I go with a forced air system or a mini split system to heat and cool my home?
If you already have ductwork in your home, it makes sense to use it. Natural gas powered, forced air heating and cooling is the most commonly used system in Utah, and for good reason. Utah has some of the lowest natural gas prices in the nation.* There are different efficiency options to choose from, and if sized and installed correctly, forced air can be your least expensive option.
For those who have an existing home without ductwork, or an area of your home that is separate from other areas (such as a bonus room), a ductless mini split system makes a lot of sense. If your home has baseboard heating, a mini split system can provide air conditioning for the home (they can also heat, if desired). The upfront costs are greater with mini splits, but these systems run really efficiently, and you can have units installed in as few or as many rooms as you'd like, with separate thermostats for each room. One downside is that instead of a simple vent on the floor or ceiling, the mini split system generally requires the indoor unit, a rather large box, to hang on the wall. However, some companies are coming out with in-ceiling units. Additionally, there is some noise from the unit when it is running.
The gold standard in mini splits is Mitsubishi (which, unsurprisingly, became connected with Ingersoll Rand in 2018). There are also several other companies that make mini split systems. Mitsubishi is known for their quieter systems and time-tested quality; and yes, higher price tag.