heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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December 11, 2012

Working With Your HVAC Contractor: Furnace Terms You Should Know

furnace terms northwest arkansasWhen scheduling annual service on your heating system, or calling in an HVAC technician for a repair or installation, you’ll probably notice a lot of terms being thrown around that you’re not familiar with. Learn some of the following furnace terms in order to better understand what your contractor is talking about and how your heating system works.

  • AFUEAnnualized fuel utilization efficiency is a rating given to furnaces in order to measure how efficiently they convert fuel into heat. A furnace with a high AFUE rating converts a larger percentage of its fuel to heat than a furnace with a low AFUE. High-efficiency furnaces feature AFUE percentages of 90 and above, but also tend to be more expensive than standard efficiency furnaces.
  • CAE – The combined annual efficiency is a rating that measures how much heat is produced for every dollar of fuel that is consumed for heating both your home and your water.
  • Carbon monoxide – An odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that’s produced in small, harmless quantities by fuel-burning appliances such as your furnace. If the carbon in your furnace burns with insufficient air, it can result in a higher, potentially more lethal level of carbon monoxide.
  • Ductwork – The network of pipes that deliver warm air from the furnace to your home.
  • Energy Star – The label that’s awarded to HVAC products that exceed federal government efficiency minimums. Products with the Energy Star are highly efficient without sacrificing performance.
  • Heat exchanger – A key furnace component that converts fuel into heat before it’s pumped throughout your home. It’s located inside the furnace.
  • Air filter – This inexpensive but essential furnace component removes dirt and debris from the air before it’s conditioned and circulated in your home. This helps furnace efficiency while cleaning your indoor air.

Learn these furnace terms to simplify working with your HVAC contractor. To schedule an inspection of your system, please contact us at Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermal.We serve homeowners in northwest Arkansas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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