FAQs About Heating & Air Conditioning in Kent, WA

At AAA Heating & Air Conditioning, we get lots of questions from homeowners about heating and cooling — what to do, what not to do, and how to do it! Our heating and cooling experts are well-trained and knowledgeable about all things HVAC, so these questions tend to be simple to answer. Trust the team with NATE-certified technicians and over 30 years of experience to give you the answers you need.

All installations and services are held to high-quality standards. Manufacturer recommendations, code requirements, and federal laws are only our minimum standards; our internal requirements are much more stringent. We are a drug-free company, and all of our employees are fully background-checked. Our installation and service technicians are factory-trained and certified, and they take special care to protect your home during all installations. In addition, we set up a fully functioning sheet metal shop on the job site to ensure the absolute highest-quality installation.

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HVAC System FAQs

How do I know which heating and cooling brand to choose?

What’s more important is getting the right sized air conditioner or furnace and hiring the right contractor. The goal should be to get the properly sized equipment. Hiring a qualified contractor will help you with this.

How do I choose a heating and cooling contractor?

Choosing the right contractor is probably the most important decision you have to make. You want to find a knowledgeable and experienced HVAC contractor since they will be making recommendations that affect your comfort and safety. To start with, make sure that the contractor is licensed, insured, and has a physical address. Ensure that you can contact their office and that it’s not just someone with a cell number. Next, make sure their training and credentials are up to date. As HVAC equipment increases in efficiency and features, it gets more complex and requires better technicians.

How will I know what the right size of equipment for our home?

This is where choosing the right contractor makes all the difference. A qualified contractor will consider three main areas: the size of the area you have to heat and cool, the amount of heating and cooling required for your climate, and the condition of the “envelope” or part of your home or building that interfaces with the outside air. Within each of these categories, many factors affect the load and equipment size. Know that we will factor in all the above and recommend a piece of equipment that will serve you well for years to come.

Air Conditioning FAQs

When should I have my air conditioner serviced?

The general rule of thumb is to schedule an HVAC maintenance and tune-up for the beginning of each heating and cooling season. That means you should schedule service for your air conditioner at the end of winter or the beginning of spring to prevent the need for costly air conditioning repair. While you’re at it, you should also make an appointment for your heat pump or furnace at the end of summer or the beginning of fall.

What temperature should I set my thermostat at during the summer for optimal Air Conditioning peformance?

To save money on your electric bill when it’s hot outside, we suggest keeping your thermostat set no lower than 72 degrees with the fan set on auto (as opposed to “on”) during the summer.

Furnace System FAQs

Do I really have to get my furnace cleaned every year?

Absolutely. Furnace cleaning is an important part of furnace maintenance. Not only does it improve both the performance and energy efficiency of your system, but most manufacturers require an annual service to remain covered by your warranty.

How important is it to maintain our furnace or heat pump?

It is essential to take care of your furnace or heat pump via regularly scheduled maintenance. Depending on your situation, we may recommend maintenance once or twice a year. During this appointment, we thoroughly examine your system to make sure it’s operating properly.

Will a programmable thermostat add value to my gas furnace or heat pump?

Absolutely! A programmable thermostat helps make it easy to save by offering pre-programmed settings to regulate your home’s temperature in both summer and winter. Your programmable thermostat will do that whether you are home or not. Ask one of our team members to help you choose the right programmable thermostat. We’ll make sure it is installed properly and show you how to use it.

Heat Pump System FAQs

How does a heat pump work?

A heat pump transfers heat energy directly from one place to another. When it’s cold outside, your heat pump removes heat energy from the air outside and relocates it to the air inside your house. When it is hot outside, you switch it to cooling mode, and it does the same thing in reverse, pulling heat energy out of the air inside your home and depositing it outdoors.

How important is it to maintain my gas furnace or heat pump?

Taking care of your home heating and cooling system is the single most important thing you can do. Properly maintaining your furnace includes regularly changing your air filters and having a yearly tune-up. This is essential to your furnace or heat pump’s performance and extends the life of your equipment.

What makes a heat pump more efficient than a furnace?

A heat pump is energy-efficient because it doesn’t need fuel to produce heat. Additionally, they can heat and cool your home, which means less equipment to maintain and repair.

Energy-Efficiency & Indoor Air Quality FAQs

How do I make sense of the efficiency ratings?

It’s important to have some understanding of ratings. The most common ratings are SEER, AFUE, and HSPF/COP. For central air conditioners, efficiency is rated in SEER. The heating industry uses a rating called AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) to measure the efficiency of converting gas into energy for heating. Heat pump efficiency can be expressed using HSPF and/or COP ratings. We’ll discuss the ratings with you and help you determine the relationship between higher upfront costs and long-term saving through lower utility bills.

What is ENERGY STAR® and why is it important?

ENERGY STAR® is an EPA voluntary program that helps individuals and businesses save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Many ENERGY STAR products qualify for rebates and incentives through utility companies.

Are there things a homeowner can do to help increase the energy efficiency of their heating and cooling system?

Yes! First, it is very important to regularly change the air filter on your heat pump or furnace. This one thing will help your equipment run at peak performance. Second, make sure you schedule a safety and performance checkup at least once a year.

How often should I change or clean my air filters?

This depends a lot on the home’s environment. For example, a home with many pets or someone with allergies will want to change their air filter more frequently than others. A good rule of thumb for average use is to change or clean your filter every three months, but that can increase to once a month for people with allergies and/or pets.

What can I do to lower the cost of my monthly utility bill?

There are many things you can do to help your furnace or heat pump perform better. First, make sure that you change the filter in your heating and cooling unit regularly. Some homeowners do this monthly. Then, make sure to have your heat pump, furnace, or air conditioner serviced regularly. Further, the addition of a programmable thermostat will not only allow you to determine your comfort level but is also a big contributor to taking control of your heating costs.

Call AAA Heating & Air Conditioning for All Your HVAC Needs!

Locally owned and operated since 1989, AAA Heating & Air is proud to offer only the most reliable, high-quality, energy-efficient equipment and exceptional service to all of our customers. We offer free estimates, detailed proposals, and knowledgeable representatives to provide you with all the information you need to confidently make the right purchasing decisions for your home. The financial strength of our company also allows us to offer several financing programs to help achieve your goals.

For added peace of mind, all of our heating and cooling systems are guaranteed in writing, and we offer annual service agreements as well as factory-backed extended warranties.

For all your HVAC needs in Kent, WA, contact AAA Heating & Air online or call us at (253) 234-1278 to schedule!

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technicians are factory-trained and certified

Our heating and cooling experts receive top-level training and certifications from NATE, BPI, and the EPA, so you can trust us to solve virtually any problem.

Locally owned and operated

Our HVAC company has been based here in the Puget Sound area since 1989.

highest quality installation

We only install the most reliable, high-quality, energy-efficient HVAC equipment. We even bring a full sheet metal shop to the job site to ensure the highest quality installation.

Free Estimates

Before the work begins, a knowledgeable technician provides a detailed proposal, giving you the information you need to make the right purchasing decisions.

Emergency Service

We provide emergency heating and AC repair, so feel free to call when you need us most, even in the middle of the night.

Financing Programs Available

We’re pleased to offer several financing options to make your HVAC investment as affordable as possible.

technicians are factory-trained and certified

Our heating and cooling experts receive top-level training and certifications from NATE, BPI, and the EPA, so you can trust us to solve virtually any problem.

Locally owned and operated

Our HVAC company has been based here in the Puget Sound area since 1989.

highest quality installation

We only install the most reliable, high-quality, energy-efficient HVAC equipment. We even bring a full sheet metal shop to the job site to ensure the highest quality installation.

Free Estimates

Before the work begins, a knowledgeable technician provides a detailed proposal, giving you the information you need to make the right purchasing decisions.

Emergency Service

We provide emergency heating and AC repair, so feel free to call when you need us most, even in the middle of the night.

Financing Programs Available

We’re pleased to offer several financing options to make your HVAC investment as affordable as possible.

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