HVAC & Electric


Reliable Electric Heating & Air

To save on your air conditioning maintenance and running costs, Reliable Electric Heating & Air can assist with a great value check-up of your system. With fast on-time service across the entire Greene county region, and a level of award winning service second-to-none, discover how a check-up can help you save.

“If you just have to get cool with the help of an air conditioner this summer, boost the efficiency of your A/C by using a programmable thermostat to set the time the air conditioner turns on, turn the temperature up 4° and use fans to help move the cold air through your home. Keep lamps, tv’s and other heat-emitting appliances away from the thermostat. Changing the air filter regularly on your unit, and making sure heating and cooling ducts in your home are properly sealed are additional energy savers. Keep blinds and drapes closed during the day to reduce solar heat in your home. If possible, install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

With these simple adjustments you can save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. If you’re investing in a new AC unit, consider buying an Energy Saver model which can save 20% more energy than a standard model.”

HVAC & Electric – 10 Things to Know

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What regular maintenance do heating and air conditioning systems need?
We recommend that your heating and cooling system be checked and serviced twice a year; ideally a spring and autumn tune-up. Also we recommend that you change your filter regularly, depending on the type of filter you have. This alone can eliminate many of the most common problems that need fixing and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious breakdown. 
How often should I replace my filters?
Generally, you should replace your disposable filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month. A certified HVAC technician can recommend a replacement schedule that delivers the optimum efficiency and filtration for your specific system. 
How often should I have maintenance done on my air conditioner?
You should have maintenance done on your air conditioning system at least once a year – spring to early summer being the best times. This not only ensures maximum efficiency, it enables us to foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future.
At what temperature should I set my thermostat?
Temperature settings depend on the time of year and your personal preferences. In the summer, the average temperature setting is 75°-80°. In the winter 68°-72° is the norm. Remember, when leaving your house; try to avoid drastic temperature changes. Do not set your temperature back more than 5°; this will cause your unit to work harder to achieve the desired temperature setting. 
Should I close the registers and doors to areas of the home that I do not use on a regular basis?
No. Every system is designed to cool a certain number of square feet. By closing registers and doors in certain rooms, you disrupt and decrease the systems’ airflow and efficiency. Your system will have to work harder to cool less space, making it cycle more and become less efficient.
How are the sizing capacities of heating and cooling systems measured?
Heating and cooling systems sizing is based on B.T.U.H. (British Thermal Units Per Hour). Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps are also rated in tonnage. 12,000 BTUH equals one (1) ton. Residential systems can range from 1 to 5 tons. 
Is a system with more capacity better?
No. A larger heating system with more capacity delivers less comfort and costs more to operate. An air conditioner is at its least efficient when it is first turned on. A system with too much capacity will run in numerous short cycles, turning on and off repeatedly, therefore causing it to be less efficient. Also keep in mind that an air conditioner only removes humidity when it’s running, so a system with shorter run cycles doesn’t remove humidity from the air very well. 
What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?
Because they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. Plus, they allow you to automatically control the temperature in your home at different times of day without ever touching your thermostat.
How important is air quality and what factors need to be considered?
An air quality system can greatly improve both your comfort and your health. The areas of air quality to consider are (1) purification, (2) filtration, (3) humidity control, and (4) ventilation. A wide number of air quality features come standard with many new heating and air conditioning systems; others can easily be added to existing systems. 
Why does my heat pump system sometimes freeze up?
Several factors that can cause system freezing. First, if running in the cooling mode check your filters; restrictions in air flow can lead to freezing. Next, thaw the system out by turning off the cooling and running the fan. Also, try turning the system to the heat mode until the ice has melted.