At Abel Heating and Cooling we’re dedicated to providing you with up-to-date information. Below are some of the FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) we have received through the years. If your question doesn’t appear here, don’t hesitate to call or email us.
Q: When any of my HVAC equipment is not operating, is there anything I can check myself before I call you for service?
A: Yes. Make sure the thermostat is on and your equipment is getting power. Next check the power switch on the furnace. Newer furnaces have a diagnostic code. Be sure to write down this code before resetting the furnace. Check your building’s breaker or fuse box. If the issue continues, your equipment may need repair. Click here to contact us for assistance. CONTACT US
Q: How often should I change my filters?
A: We recommend you check them every month and change them anytime dirt and debris is visible. Here is a helpful check list:
- How long and often does the equipment continue to run? If it is running longer than usual, a change maybe needed.
- Is the area around your equipment kept clear?
- What is the quality of the filter you are using, and what is recommended by the equipment manufacturer? CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Q: How often should my heating & A/C system be checked and tuned up?
A: Annual checkups by a qualified technician will insure maximum efficiency. Have your heating system tuned-up in the fall, and your cooling system tuned up in the spring. (Humidifiers, air-to-air exchangers, etc., are also serviced during one of our “tune ups”) Click here to see more about our ABEL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
Q: Is ABEL Heating and Cooling locally owned and operated?
A: Yes we sure are! Feel free to come out, meet us in person and have a cup of coffee. We are located at 6501 County Rd 15, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Q: What certifications, associations & Licenses does ABEL Heating and Cooling have?
A: We have an A+ rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
- We are a member of the IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association).
- We are EPA Refrigerant Certified
- We have a CIEC air-quality expert on staff. To learn more CLICK HERE
Q: What does HVAC mean?
A: The Acronym ‘HVAC’ stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
Q: What is the biggest energy user in my home?
A: Minnesota winters make the furnace, boiler or heat pump your biggest energy user.
Q: How do I keep my windows dry in winter?
A: The #1 cause of high humidity is a poorly vented clothes dryer. #2 is a defective furnace. An air-to-air heat exchanger or “HRV” will reduce the moisture in your home to clear the windows. However, you could try a slightly higher room temperature setting and see if that helps.
Q: An important FAQ is what can I do for my family members with asthma, COPD or allergies?
A: A good first step is to get a whole-house air-filtration system. Or you may want to have us install a UVC Ultra-violet emitter in your HVAC system. This will destroy mold and microorganisms in your home or building. To learn more CLICK HERE
Q: Why is my upper floor so hard to cool in the summer?
A: The thermostat may be poorly located, or there could be a problem with the ductwork that moves the air throughout your home. One of our technicians can balance the system through a zoning plan or correcting the duct work issue. This will improve the efficiency of air as it circulates. If the AC is incorrectly sized and is too small, it can’t keep up with cooling demands. If it’s oversized, it will shut off quickly and only cool the areas closest to the unit. (See Electronic Zoning below)
Q: What is electronic zoning? What are the benefits?
A: An electronic zoning system divides your building or home into sections. A thermostat is installed in each of these section. This provides a consistent temperature in each room saving money and energy, and providing ultimate comfort.
Q: What does the efficiency rating of my furnace mean?
A: This pertains to the energy that actually heats your home and is not otherwise lost through exhaust. The higher the efficiency rating of your furnace, the greater the potential energy and cost savings for you.
Q: What size furnace do I need?
A: Sizing of equipment can be a complicated process. Don’t try to do your own guesswork. For accuracy, let us at Abel Heating and Cooling show you what system would be best suited for your building or home.
Q: Do I qualify for a rebate, now that I just got a high-efficiency furnace?
A: Most likely you do. The rebate programs are processed by the local energy companies. We can supply you with the necessary paperwork if you’d prefer.
Q: What is a SEER rating, and what rating should my air conditioner have?
A: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) ratings are assigned to air conditioners based on efficiency. The more efficient the air conditioner, the higher the number. Your air conditioner should be a 13 or higher to be a relatively efficient unit.
Q: When should I replace my furnace?
A: Furnaces generally last from 6-20 years under normal circumstances. The lifetime can depend upon:
- How well it has been maintained
- How often and long it is operating
- Under what conditions it has been used
(A furnace that has gone through a remodeling project could have lost a few years)
Q: How can I regulate humidity when running the heater?
A: The humidity level can be controlled by a humidistat on a whole-house humidification system. If you don’t currently have a whole-house humidifier, we can help you decide if this is a good option for you. CLICK HERE for more information.
Q: How humid should my house or building be?
A: During a Minnesota winter, 35% relative humidity is realistic.
Q: Can I install central air conditioning in my older house?
A: Every home is unique. How the cooling system is designed changes from house to house. It is best for Abel Heating and Cooling to take a look at your home and discuss your options.
Q: It is 70°F outside and really muggy. What can I do to make my house more comfortable?
A: Most likely it is the humidity that is making you uncomfortable. It’s possible your air conditioner, which relies on temperature, doesn’t run long enough to get a chance to dehumidify. Your options are to turn your thermostat down (which may make you chilly!) or consider a whole-house dehumidification system. For more information CLICK HERE.
Q: My air conditioner seems really loud. I hear it every time it kicks on. Is this normal?
A: Ideally, you do not notice your air conditioner when it starts. How it was initially installed can make a difference, if it was not done properly. Otherwise, the annoying sound could indicate a problem. Give us a call.
Do you still have questions? Our goal at Abel is to keep you informed and happy with the heating and cooling equipment you have at home and in your place of business. Give us a call: 952-472-COOL (2665) or CONTACT US online.