Frequently Asked Questions
What size of a heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning unit do I need?
The size of the unit depends on the size of the house or building. AHD can offer assistance and recommendations as to what type of equipment that would be best for your situation.
How do I know if my heating and ventilation system is efficient?
You can check the type of venting that is being used, if its a steel looking pipe and is venting into your chimney, then you have a mid-efficiency system which, depending on the age of the unit, will give you anywhere from 50% - 84% efficiency rating. If your finding that your house takes a long time to heat up on very cold days or if you have rooms that are much colder than other rooms, you may need to upgrade your system or make some modifications.
How can I tell if my air quality is poor and if I should upgrade the ventilation system?
If you find a stale odour within the house when you come in from outdoors or if you find that people within the house are getting sick more often than normal then you may need to add a better quality filtration unit to your furnace or better yet, add a Heat Recovery Ventilator which will give you fresh air brought into the house 24 hours a day.
Why is one room in the house too cold in the winter even if the furnace is at its maximum output capacity? The same room is too warm in the summer even if the air conditioner has been running for a long period of time.
It may be caused by an improperly-sized furnace or air conditioner or your duct system is not designed for the optimal air flow to every room in the house. Anderson HVAC Design can trouble-shoot the problem and determine if your furnace and/or air conditioner is sufficient, as well as review the existing ductwork for optimal air flow.
Why are the vents so noisy?
It may be caused by duct pipes that are too small coming off your main trunk or it may be that your furnace is greatly over-sized for the size of home that you are trying to heat and cool.
Why is my cottage always too cold despite having a properly-sized furnace?
Cottages tend to have multiple windows with large glass areas to look out at your lake front property, so many installers do not consider the potential heat loss/gain that can occur. Consult AHD to have a qualified designer perform a heat loss/gain calculation for your home or cottage. You may also want to consider an in-floor heating system to keep you and your family comfortable all the time.