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Do you accept credit card payments?

YES.  We accept credit card payments from all major credit cards namely:  Visa, MasterCard and PayPal..

Do you accept other modes of payment?

YES.  We also accept PayPal payments from PayPal verified accounts.

What is A.F.U.E.?

AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This value is use to determine the efficiency of all gas furnaces. The higher this number is, the more efficient the gas furnace will be.  If your gas furnace has an AFUE of 95%, then 95% of the fuel burned in your furnace will be converted to heat energy to be use in your home.

What is H.S.P.F.?

HSPF stands for Heating Season Performance Factor.  This value tells you how efficient a heat pump system will be throughout the heating season.  The higher this number is, the more efficient the heat pump will be.  A very good HSPF rating on a heat pump system will be 8.5 to 10 or higher.

What is S.E.E.R.?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This value is use to determine the efficiency of an air conditioning system.  To determine the SEER of an air conditioning system, simply divide the BTU of a system by the WATTS consumed to complete that work.  The higher the SEER on an air conditioning system is, the more efficient the A/C system will be.  Residential A/C systems vary from 13 to 18 seers, depending on the manufacturer.

What is Tonnage?

Tonnage refers to the amount of BTU needed to melt one ton of ice.  It also refers to the amount of dry air needed to melt that ice.  ALL heating and air conditioning equipment, whether the system is being used or not, is rated in tons.  In the northwestern part of our country a ton of air is 400 cfm (cubic feet minute).

How do you calculate the tonnage of my system?

To calculate the tonnage of your heating and air conditioning system, simply add all the warm air vents throughout your home and add two zeros at the very end.  Example, if you have a total of 12 warm air vents, add two zeros at the end, it will then be 1,200.  Then, divide that number by 400 (400 cfm per ton).

1,200/400 = 3 ton.

How does a heat pump work?

Heat pumps work like air conditioning systems running in reverse. The heat that an air conditioning system rejects in the summer can be used to heat your home during winter.  The heat pump system does this while emitting zero emissions!

What is BTU?

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit.  It is defined as the heat required in order to raise one pound of water to one degree Fahrenheit.  The BTU is use in the heating and air conditioning industry to determine the capacity of heating and cooling systems.

What is the difference between an 80% and 95% gas furnace?

The obvious difference between an 80% and 95% gas furnace is 15% net gain of efficiency.  That means 15% more fuel will be converted to usable heat for your home.  That may not seem like a lot from day to day, but when you look at your annual savings and multiply that savings over the life span of the furnace, the savings is literally in the hundreds of dollars. Not to mention, reduced emissions resulting to a cleaner and safer environment for all of us.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide is a tasteless, colorless and odorless gas that is highly poisonous. It is the byproduct of unburned fossil fuels and is responsible for several hundred deaths in the United States each year.

That is why it is very important to have your gas furnace checked each year.  If Carbon Monoxide is detected during a service inspection, the furnace is rendered inoperable and should be shut down.  A new furnace should then be installed. We recommend installing Carbon Monoxide detectors on each level of your home (you can find them at your local hardware store).

What is a heat exchanger?

The heat exchanger in a gas furnace is the component within the gas furnace that transfers the heat from the burning of the fuel to the air in your home.  It is the main component responsible in making your home feel nice and warm during those cold winter nights and days.

Heat exchangers should be checked annually to insure that they are functioning safely and properly.

What is a duct-less heat pump system?

Duct-less heat pump systems are heat pump systems that heats and cools your home without the use of traditional duct work.  They are split systems, so there will be an outdoor and indoor unit.  The 2 systems are connected via refrigerant tubing and a communication wire.  Most duct-less heat pumps qualify for energy tax credit and some local utilities rebates.

What is a Duel Fuel, Hybrid heating system?

A duel fuel system uses a gas furnace with a heat pump to deliver the most efficient heat inside your home.  The terms "hybrid" and "duel fuel" are used interchangeably.  In most cases, the heat pump is the primary source of fuel, while the gas furnace is the backup source used to augment the heat needed when the heat pump system can't keep up with the demand. The main reason why a heat pump system can't keep up with the demand is cold weather, because the heat pumps ability to heat relies on outdoor air temperature, it is important to augment that heat source when the outdoor temperature falls below freezing.  When the backup source is a gas furnace, you have a peace of mind in knowing that when it gets extremely cold outside, your home will still be nice and warm.

How efficient is an electric furnace?

Electric furnaces are 100% efficient.  That sounds really good right?  But when you look at the power required to heat your entire home (usually a 60 amp breaker at 240 volts), you will notice that a full 60 amp of power is being used.

We all know how much power a vacuum cleaner uses (usually around 8 amp) and keeping it running for a very long time each day, can make your energy bill sky rocket.  Now, consider the 60 amp breaker to run your heater, that's like running 7.5 vacuum cleaners for several hours a day in your home! Now, compare that with the power consumption of a heat pump (around 5 amp), and you can see how much money you can save by upgrading your old electric furnace to a new heat pump system.

When I replace my gas furnace should I also replace my thermostat?

YES.  You should always replace the thermostat when installing a new gas furnace or heat pump.  It's like changing the oil filter when changing the oil in your car.  Make sure the thermostat you use is programmable.

We include a thermostat with every system we install.

What is a tank-less water heater?

Tank-less water heaters are water heaters that do not have a standby tank of water. This means you only heat the water you use.  Tank-less water heaters qualify for energy tax credit.

At Budget Heating and Air Conditioning we install tank-less water heaters at a steal.

What is an environmentally safe refrigerant?

What makes a refrigerant environmentally safe is the chlorine in the refrigerant. Chlorine based refrigerants destroys the Ozone layer and contribute to the greenhouse gas effect.

We use R410A refrigerant in ALL our systems.  It has no chlorine and is 100% environmentally safe.

How many times a year should I have my heat pump checked?

Heat pump systems should be inspected twice a year; ones during spring another during the fall.  Please see our heat pump maintenance plans.

How many times a year should I have my gas furnace checked?

Gas furnaces should be checked once a year.  Please see our furnace maintenance plans.

How many times a year should I have my air conditioning system checked?

Air conditioning systems should be inspected once a year.  It's always a good idea to include an A/C service along with a gas furnace service, if possible.

What is tax credit?

Tax credit is offered for energy star rated equipment. The credit is 30% of the total bill or up to $1,500.  Gas furnaces of 95%, heat pumps, and A/C systems of 15 seers and above are few examples of systems that qualify for Energy Tax Credit.

Where can I buy parts for my gas furnace?

Parts for gas furnaces can be purchased at Budget Heating & Air Conditioning.

We recommend that you to let us install the parts for you for your convenience and your peace of mind.

Where can I buy parts for my heat pump?

Parts for heat pumps can be purchased at Budget Heating and Air Conditioning. 

We recommend that you to let us install the parts for you for your convenience and your peace of mind.

Do I have to install a new indoor coil if I upgrade my heat pump?

If your heat pump is more than 10 years old, you will most likely need to replace it (coil).  The reason for that is:  with the new energy efficiency requirements on heat pump systems, the existing coil will most likely not match its efficiency, and as a result would cause compressor damage.

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