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A Quick Guide for Homeowners

When buying a heat pump, central air conditioning or a gas furnace, there’s a lot that you need to take into account. The reason is because, after your home, the next biggest investment of your home is a home comfort system. Here are the 10 most important questions to ask when buying an HVAC.

Do I repair or replace my existing HVAC system?

Generally, you should replace your system when the cost of repair is 30% of a new home comfort system. Another pointer for replacing your system is when the energy bills increase by 50% as a result of it becoming less efficient. Otherwise, repair it.

What savings will I make with the new equipment?

The heating equipment and air conditioning eat roughly 44% of energy bill of a home. But the ENERGY STAR systems used today are even 60% more efficient compared to old equipment.

Is there a real necessity of installing a central HVAC system?

There is no doubt that central home comfort system is a great solution for superior indoor air quality and overall comfort.

Which is the best thermostat to use with the system?

The best thermostat is a programmable one. This offers reliable, accurate performance and is also energy-saving. For convenience and added savings, our residential communicating control that features Wi-Fi support works with smartphone to enable you easily program the system irrespective of where you are.

How do I know that I’m choosing the right contractor?

One way to get the right contractor is to go for a contractor associated with a reputable brand. A contractor who is backed by training resources and a product of a major manufacturer makes you feel confident that you are getting a home comfort system that meets your needs the best way possible. You can enlist the help of services like Angie’s List and BBB to get the right contractor.

How do choose the best cooling/heating system?

Seek solid expert from a professional. A good contractor is able to perform energy analysis or load calculation to determine the cost of your operation. After he has known your needs, he will customize the system to meet your specific needs.

Can any of parts of my existing system be reused?

Systems vary a lot. Only after thoroughly inspecting your ductwork, electrical system and other components will your contractor give you a rundown of the things you can keep and replace.

How complicated is installing a new system?

This is something that depends on the system and the house. Whereas gas furnaces and air conditioners require different components, the ductwork is the common denominator. This must be sized properly and even zoned for proper performance of the system. Your contractor will examine your current setup and then tell you how simple or complicated your installation will be.

What is the importance of an air handler to my system?

The work of an air handler is to circulate conditioned air in the whole of your home. It can be combined with accessories to humidify, dehumidify or filter the air stream as required.

Is there anything I can do to better indoor air quality?

Indoor air can be polluted more than the outdoor air. This can be as much as 5X to even 100 times. To improve the quality of your indoor air, you may want to add ventilation systems, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air filter technologies and UV lights. Your needs are unique and so is your home. Allow us to help you get the system that will be best not only for you but also for your family.

 

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