The Most Common HVAC And Plumbing Questions Answered by A Lindstrom Expert - Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing

The Most Common HVAC And Plumbing Questions Answered by A Lindstrom Expert

HVAC and Plumbing Q&A
  • What is the best temperature to set your thermostat to when you’re: On vacation? In the Spring? In the Summer? – in order to save on your electric bill?

When it comes to setting your thermostat for optimal energy savings during different times of the year, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you’re going on vacation, it’s best to have a programmable thermostat with humidity settings or a humidistat, especially if you live in a humid climate like South Florida. This will help prevent excess moisture and potential mold issues while you’re away. If you don’t have these features, set your AC thermostat no higher than 78 degrees.

For spring and summer, the ideal temperature range for energy savings is between 76 and 78 degrees. However, this can vary depending on your personal comfort level. It’s important to find a temperature that works for you while still being mindful of energy usage.

By following these tips and setting your thermostat appropriately based on the season and your specific circumstances, you can save money on your electric bill without sacrificing comfort or risking potential issues like excess humidity or bacteria growth.

  • What is the difference between a tankless and a tank water heater, and which is better?

Traditional storage tank water heaters are designed to maintain the temperature of the entire tank throughout the day, which can result in higher energy costs since it runs constantly. Additionally, these tanks have a limited supply of hot water depending on their size, and must recover before they can produce more.

In contrast, tankless water heaters heat water on demand and provide an endless supply of hot water but may struggle to deliver high volumes of hot water simultaneously to multiple fixtures in larger households. However, they require less space than traditional tanks which makes them ideal for those with limited space.

It’s worth noting that while tankless water heaters offer benefits like unlimited hot water and space-saving design, they do have more parts that could potentially fail, making them slightly more problematic than traditional tanks.

Ultimately, the choice between a traditional or tankless water heater depends on your specific needs and situation. For larger families or households with high demands for hot water at once, a large-capacity traditional tank may be more practical. For smaller households or those with limited space, a tankless option may be more suitable. The Lindstrom team always considers each customer’s individual requirements when offering options for their home.

  • Why is an A/C and heating tune-up so important and how often should I get it done?

In South Florida, we rely on our AC systems for more than nine months of the year due to the warm climate. To ensure your equipment runs efficiently and minimize the risk of breakdowns, drain line clogs, operational safety hazards, and high utility bills, it’s recommended to perform AC & Heating tune-ups/maintenance every six months.

Additionally, keeping up with regular maintenance is a requirement by AC manufacturers and insurers to maintain the validity of your warranty on the equipment. By staying up to date with maintenance checks and tune-ups, you can help extend the lifespan of your AC system and save money by avoiding costly repairs or replacements down the line.

  • Why does my shower run out of hot water?

When you run out of hot water, it’s often due to problems with your water heater. A faulty thermostat can prevent the tank from heating up properly, while a damaged heating element may not heat the water at all. Undersized water heaters are also common culprits, as they may not be able to keep up with the demands of larger households. Additionally, sediment buildup in the tank can cause blockages in pipes and damage to heating elements, leading to reduced efficiency and less hot water available for use. By addressing these issues through regular maintenance and prompt repairs, you can ensure that your water heater operates efficiently and provides an ample supply of hot water when you need it most.

  • If I replace my outdoor unit, do I need to also replace my indoor unit? 

Replacing an indoor or outdoor A/C unit may seem like a simple solution to a malfunctioning system, but it’s important to understand that in many cases, you’ll need to replace the entire system. This is due to new energy codes that require A/C systems to be matched and tested in order to meet code requirements. In fact, replacing just one component of an older system can actually result in decreased efficiency and performance, which can ultimately cost you more money in the long run. By replacing your entire A/C system with a new, matched, and tested unit approved by AHRI-certified product Performance, you can enjoy improved efficiency and performance, as well as lower energy bills and a more comfortable home. It’s always best to consult with a Lindstrom expert HVAC technician to determine the best course of action for your specific needs and budget.

  • What size A/C and heating system does my home require?

When it comes to choosing the right size AC system for your home, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The proper sizing of an AC system is determined by a Heat Load calculation, which considers a variety of factors such as the size of your home, the number of occupants, ceiling heights, windows, sun exposure, and other variables. This calculation ensures that your AC system is properly sized for your specific needs, providing adequate cooling and efficient energy consumption. A system that is too small will struggle to cool your home effectively, while a system that is too large will waste energy and money. By working with a professional HVAC technician who can perform a Heat Load calculation and recommend the right size system for your home, you can ensure optimal performance and comfort all year round. 

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