It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time homeowner or someone who has owned a home for years; there are a couple of things you should consider before installing a new HVAC system. Always hire an HVAC professional when it’s time to get a new air conditioner, heat pump or furnace. Make sure he is reputable and has plenty of experience in the industry.
Not only can this type of pro help you choose the right HVAC system, but he can also help you to modify an existing system. He will factor in the size and character of your home. In addition, he will adhere to your specified comfort level and make sure that there are affordable options for you.
What do you need? Do you want to have a new system installed, or do you want to replace or repair an old one? If you are trying to determine your next step, then look at our online info or call us to get clarification on what needs to be done.
1.Heating Capacity, Type and Size
Do you know the heating and cooling capacity of the system that you’re considering? Research online for this information or ask a certified technician. Ensure that you’re getting the right system size for your home.
The measurement of the British Thermal Unit “BTU” determines a heating system’s capacity. This is the amount of heat that the system must have to increase one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. BTU is measured in terms of input or output.
Know which one you’re reading in terms of BTU. Input capacity is a measurement of how much gas is burned, although this does not take into account what is lost as a result of combustion. Output capacity measures the amount of heat generated. Basically, heating capacity is higher when the BTU rating is higher.
In addition, become knowledgeable about CFM measurements as well. Know how much cubic feet of air can go through a certain point each minute. This is the best way to choose the right HVAC capacity.
The good thing is that you don’t have to worry about choosing the right capacity, size or type of HVAC system on your own. This is your HVAC contractor’s responsibility. He has to take measurements in order to get the right new Denver HVAC system for your home. If you are replacing a current system, he will replace it with one of the same sizes.
2. Cooling, Capacity, Type and Size
However, you should still be aware of your new air conditioner’s capacity before it is purchased. It is measured in terms on a Ton instead of BTU’s. But to understand things better, one Ton is equivalent to about 12,000 BTU’s per hour.
It is also wise to purchase an air conditioner that suits the size of your home. A licensed AC expert can help you purchase one that keeps all areas of your home cool and comfortable.
3. Energy Efficiency
Air conditioners and heaters use a lot of energy. According to the United States Department of Energy, about 50 percent of your utility bill is spent on heating and air.
This is why it is imperative that you know how much energy your new HVAC system will utilize. Determine this before the purchase in order to save money in the long run.
When it comes to a furnace, efficiency is determined by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). If it has a higher AFUE rating, then it has higher efficiency.
When it comes to an air conditioner, efficiency is determined by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). If it has a higher SEER rating, then it has higher efficiency.
When it comes to heat pumps, efficiency is determined by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPFP. If it has a higher HSPF number, then it has higher efficiency.
If you want your new HVAC system to have the highest efficiency that is listed on its Energy Guide Label, it should be installed by a professional HVAC contractor. Understand that it will not have the best efficiency rating if it isn’t installed correctly. Research the ratings for different HVAC systems before making a decision.
4. Inspect Noise Levels
Ensure your HVAC system isn’t making loud or weird noises. Most manufacturers try to decrease noises in their HVAC systems, but check all sounds before making a purchase. Ask both your contractor and the manufacturer about noise levels. The best systems have levels that are 60 decibels or lower.
5. Indoor Air Quality and Maintenance
Learn about how to properly maintain your new HVAC system. This is the best way to ensure that it will work for a long time. Besides, keeping it maintained is the only way that the warranty remains valid. If you don’t properly maintain it, it will no longer be under warranty. Once installed, sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan. Also, make sure the filter is changed monthly or every other month.
Also, if your home has bad air quality, tell your HVAC contractor. He can recommend ways to improve it. Consider things such as air purification systems, thicker air filters, ventilation products or humidification control. Get clarification before your contractor begins work.
How Much Do You Have to Pay for a New HVAC System?
If you want to know how much a new HVAC system will cost, call a reputable HVAC company for a quote. Don’t just go with the first one that you call, get plenty of quotes. Also, ask about certifications, insurance, installation guidelines, warranties and anything else that you want to learn about HVAC systems.
If you are getting a new system, it may need to work with the components of the current system. Things such as wiring, ventilation, wiring, ductwork and controls could be affected. Make sure the technician knows how to make these things compatible.
Usually, a new system will cost anywhere between $2,500 and $14,000; however, no one can be for sure without coming to your home and doing an inspection. Understand that the cost of your new system is contingent on many different factors. Do your research and determine what these things are.
Hopefully, you will be very happy with your new HVAC system. Give the pros at Service Champions a call. We can help you choose the right system if you live in California. In addition, we provide annual maintenance plans and can make necessary repairs.