Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs.

Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids can answer all your HVAC-related questions. Before you get on the phone, look to see if we already responded to your question online. If you don’t see your question in this list or want more information on a topic, give us a call at 715-421-5555. Our experts can offer you the information you’re looking for in an instant.
Like any product you want to keep in good shape, HVAC equipment requires proper care in order to deliver the greatest benefits. Trained technicians can service your heating and cooling products to make sure they’re working at their top potential and help prevent more expensive repairs in the middle of the hottest or coldest months of the year.
Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids can price out individual systems or multiple home comfort products for you. Call 715-421-5555 to learn more.
Two-stage heating permits the furnace to heat at two levels of output: high for cold winter days and low for mild ones. About 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is set on the low setting, allowing your two-stage unit to work for longer periods of time. Two-stage units also offer more even heat distribution, fewer temperature swings, quiet operation, increased air filtration and energy efficiency.
Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system used in Lennox furnaces. The technology can automatically adjust heat by increments as little as 1 percent, increasing energy efficiency and helping you experience better comfort.

Modern furnaces are designed with a variety of innovative features older furnaces don’t have. Today’s heating systems give you more even heating and are better at controlling airflow. Although the air coming out of your vents may seem cooler than your old furnace, the airflow is much better and more efficient.

Another bonus of modern furnaces is their ability to operate with other HVAC products as part of a high-efficiency whole home comfort system. When combined with a high-efficiency air conditioner, furnace blowers can more easily accommodate add-on cooling. Other innovations, such as Precise Comfort™ technology and variable speed motors, will help your furnace run more efficiently and quieter than ever.

The Department of Energy recently boosted the minimum efficiency levels for air conditions, and the standards vary by region. Contact Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc at 715-421-5555 to learn the requirements for the Wisconsin Rapids area.

Lennox has a variety of HVAC products with high efficiency ratings, which can help lessen the amount of energy they require to run. Aside from choosing products that have received Energy Star® certification or achieved high SEER ratings for air conditioners or AFUE ratings for furnaces, you can think about the following:

  • Maintenance – making sure your system obtains regular maintenance by a trained technician can keep your system working at its peak performance.
  • Zoning – zoning systems allow you to only heat or cool only specific areas of your home, so you won’t have to pay to heat or cool spaces that you don’t typically utilize.
  • Programmable thermostats – using a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home based on your schedule. They can be programed to offer you the comfort you desire when you’re home, and increase or decrease the temperature while you’re away, helping you save on heating and cooling costs.

There are many reasons to pick Lennox, but the top three are:

  • Lennox is a name you know and trust – known around the world for quality HVAC products, you can rest assured Lennox will provide you with high quality equipment.
  • Innovative and high quality products – Lennox has been at the forefront of innovation in the heating and cooling industry for years. High quality furnaces, air conditioners and home comfort systems include innovative features to help your home stay more comfortable and energy efficient.
  • Reputation of excellence – high quality products are not the only arena Lennox excels in. Lennox dealers, like Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, give you high quality service at all times, from your first consultation to your routine maintenance appointments.

Strategies to increase your indoor air quality can be as basic as vacuuming your home to something as large as replacing a new ventilation system. Overall, good IAQ includes four strategies:

  • Eliminate – lessen the pollutants floating in your air by cleaning your home regularly, particularly vacuuming carpet, washing linens and safely storing household chemicals.
  • Ventilate – make sure your home is well-ventilated to move airborne pollutants out of your home. In newer homes, well-done insulation will inhibit ventilation, so Lennox systems such as the Healthy Climate® ventilation system can help. These systems bring fresh air from outside into your home and direct the stale air out.
  • Clean – the right air filters, such as our Healthy Climate® air filters, will ensure even the smallest particles don’t get through and are let out into your home. Germicidal lights can kill the germs that do make it through, and purification systems like the PureAir™ will help diminish odors and chemical vapors.
  • Monitor – keep your humidity levels in check with a programmable thermostat. High temperatures and humidity levels can raise concentrations of mold, mildew and germs. A programmable thermostat will make certain that your home is comfortable without letting humidity run rampant.
Try utilizing our Healthy Solution Finder, where you can pick the indoor air quality problems that affect your home. After you pick the items that apply, the system will show the IAQ products that fit your needs. You can also call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc and walk our techs through some of the concerns you experience. They can evaluate your home and needs and provide options and explanations.
Many homeowners believe that air conditioners make your home cooler, but it actually removes the heat from your home, sending the hot air outside. That hot air flows across a cold indoor coil where refrigerant in the lines sends the heat to the coil in your outdoor unit, releasing the hot air outside. This process continues until the indoor temperature reaches the desired level that you set on your thermostat.
Due to the increasing amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) raised the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined by region and carry varying requirements based on your location. Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can help answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re searching for a replacement system.
These numbers are located on a nameplate or sticker that is near your system’s service panel. The sticker should be white with black letters and have both of these numbers located near the top of the sticker. M/N denotes model number while S/N is your serial number.
There are a few ways to determine what size system is right for your home, but the most reliable way to determine the right size system is by having your local Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc technician come out and perform a load calculation. This calculation considers your home’s: square footage, insulation value, amount of insulation, and a number of other factors.
Yes, because dirt and other debris can hinder your system’s ability to work efficiently. For heat pumps, it is normal to have frost or ice on them during the winter, but they also feature defrost controls to ensure they work efficiently in those kinds of weather.
Two-stage cooling means that your cooling unit has two levels of operation. When summer is its warmest, the high setting is used, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting gets the job done. Usually, the lower setting can take care of your cooling needs, but even when the high setting is in use, you may not realize it because it can maintain such even temperatures for your comfort. This can also mean a quieter cooling system, greater efficiency and improved humidity control.
Your system could be freezing up for a number of reasons, but the most typical are dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporator coil and/or a faulty blower motor. Changing a filter is something homeowners take care of; however, you should call the professionals at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc at 715-421-5555 for other problems or if you have other questions or concerns.
Choosing the best thermostat for your cooling system comes with a lot to think about. That’s why it’s nice to have such a great variety of choices from Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc. Whether you’re in the market for for a programmable or non-programmable thermostat or want to join the smart home trend, there are a number of thermostats that you have to select from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc will be able to help determine what options meet your needs and your budget.
Heat pumps can be a tad confusing due to their name, but they actually meet both your heating and cooling needs all year. When it’s hot outside it runs like an air conditioner in that it removes heat from your home, but when it cools off, the process gets reversed and it collects heat from outside and brings it inside. Heat pumps are also very efficient, and may produce up to two or three times more heat than the energy it uses.
Of course we advise you to also replace your indoor system, but this is why:
  • All outdoor cooling systems have a matching indoor unit that they are designed to work with to ensure efficient performance. When they aren’t paired with the other unit as a complete system, efficiency might be affected.
  • As with most products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These improvements most importantly include better heating and cooling efficiency, but also include improved air handling, filtering and noise pollution reduction to name a few.
  • Heating and cooling systems that are more than 10-15 years old normally need to be replaced. Not only do they consist of outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than newer models. Getting a new indoor unit at the same time means you’ll have a matched system to provide you with even more comfort and efficiency for years to come.
The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance information for each module to a website. You can visit this website to learn about the system’s status, energy production and environmental benefits. The site also shows real time updates of carbon offsets.
Yes, an Internet connection is required for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes seeing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is provided by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided at no cost for five years.
In most areas, rain will be enough to keep the solar modules clean. If you live in a dusty or industrial area, periodically spraying the modules with water may help improve performance. However, detergents and high-pressure hoses should never be used to rinse solar modules.
The proper thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc has programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help improve the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Browse our available products or contact us at 715-421-5555 to learn more.
Heating and cooling can represent a significant portion of your utility bill. The innovative and high efficiency heating and cooling products available from Lennox® can help decrease these costs. If you’re searching for a new heating and/or cooling system, look for products with high SEER ratings for air conditioners and AFUE ratings for furnaces. SEER and AFUE are a measure of equipment efficiency, and the higher the number, the more efficient the product. Other than purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these additional factors: 1. Is your equipment regularly maintained? Whether it’s a furnace or air conditioner, HVAC systems will run more efficiently after regular maintenance checks. 2. Do you need a zoning system? If there are spaces of your home that are rarely used, a zoning system will allow you to heat or cool only the commonly used parts of your house. 3. Are you using a programmable thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can reduce your heating costs by up to 35 percent, and your cooling costs by up to 25 percent.
Zoning your home allows you you the ability to section off areas of your residence and control the thermostat differently in each room. Zoning tends to be best for when you have areas of your house that are rarely used or when you and your family are constantly in disagreement of how hot or cold it ought to be inside. Zoning systems are quiet and efficient, giving you more control over the comfort of your house. Learn more about the equipment available from Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc.