When you are planning to buy a heat pump, gas furnace, or central air conditioning system, you should consider various aspects. Apart from the investment for your home, a comfort system is another largest investment. Here are the answers to ten common questions to help you make an intelligent HVAC choice.
1. Should I repair or replace my existing system?
If the repair cost is 30% of a new purchase or your utility bills have increased by 50%, then you should consider replacing your existing home comfort system. Generally, the utility bills increase when your HVAC system gets older, becomes less efficient, and consumes more, higher-priced electricity.
2. How much can I save with new equipment?
Air conditioning and heating equipment consume about 44% of a home's energy bill. Today's ENERGY STAR qualified systems are as much as 60% more efficient than 10-year-old equipment.
3. Is installing a central HVAC system really necessary?
In new homes or remodels, installing a central home comfort system is an ideal solution for overall comfort and superior indoor air quality and humidity control.
4. What is the best thermostat to use with my system?
Look for a programmable thermostat for accurate, reliable, and energy-saving performance. For added savings and convenience, we can install a thermostat with Wi-Fi suport that works with mobile devices to easily program your system wherever you are.
5. How can I be sure I'm selecting the right contractor?
You should seek help from a contractor who is associated with a recognized brand. If the contractor is backed by the product and training resources of a major manufacturer, you will feel confident that you are getting the home comfort system that is ideal and most suitable according to your needs.
6. How do I select the right heating/cooling system?
You should get advice from an expert. The right contractor can perform a load calculation or an energy analysis to determine your operating costs. After understanding your needs, he can customize a system just for you.
7. If I have an existing system, can any of the components be reused?
Every system is different. After a thorough inspection of your electrical system, ductwork, and other components, your contractor will provide a rundown of what you need to replace and what you can keep.
8. How complicated is a new system installation?
The complexity of a new system installation depends on the house and the system to be installed. While air conditioners and gas furnaces require different components, the common denominator is ductwork, which must be properly sized and zoned for proper system performance. Your contractor can identify your existing setup and check how simple your installation will be.
9. What does the air handler do for my system?
An air handler circulates conditioned air throughout your home. You can combine it with accessories to filter, humidify or dehumidify the air stream as needed.
10. What can I do to improve indoor air quality?
Indoor air can be from five to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Adding humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, UV lights, and air filter technologies can dramatically improve your indoor air quality.
Your home and your needs are unique. Our team can provide the information you need to select the right system performance. Your contractor can identify your existing setup and check how simple your installation will be.