Whether you’re still contemplating an HVAC installation or already know you need one, here are important questions you should be asking:
- Is It Time to Replace My HVAC System?
- Should I Replace All of My HVAC Equipment At The Same Time?
Yes. You want all of the components of your entire system to work together properly. Replacing various equipment at different times could create future service problems.
- What Size System Do I Need?
If your system is too small, it won’t adequately cool or heat your home. If your system is too large, it won’t provide you with proper temperature and humidity control.
- What Type Of System Should I Buy?
You have different options when it comes to choosing a type of HVAC unit. The right type for your home depends on what you want your system to do. Two measurements you must know include:
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
This represents the efficiency of a system. Regardless of your needs, you want your new unit to have a SEER rating of at least 13.
Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF)
This represents the heat pump’s efficiency. Your heat pump should have an HSPF rating of 7.7.
Systems with higher SEERs and HSPFs require a greater investment initially, but they have lower operating costs. A common choice for year-round heating and cooling is an Electric Split-System heat pump.
- Ask about licensing and qualifications.
- Make sure that the contractor inspects your home and existing system and can explain your options.
- Ask the contractor for the estimated annual operating cost of HVAC systems with different levels of SEER and HSPF.
- Ensure that the contractor has adequate staffing, with knowledgeable technicians to install the system and respond promptly to service calls.
- Technicians should be North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified and able to perform according to industry standards.
- If you’ve already chosen a system, your contractor should be familiar with your HVAC brand.
- Get three written estimates for work, including what is being performed, what equipment is being provided, and when the installation will begin and end.
- Make sure you understand what’s included with the price of service.
If your cooling system is 15 to 20 years old and has problems running correctly or efficiently, yes – it’s time to consider installing a new system.
Of course, part of your HVAC installation involves finding someone to perform the work. Here are some tips on how to choose the right HVAC contractor:
It’s important to pick a system and contractor that best suits your needs. Take the time to talk to contractors and find the right fit. Be diligent about your HVAC installation because it’s going to save you money in the long run.
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