Keep These Tips In Mind When Replacing Your Central HVAC
Replacing a central heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is not a cheap thing; it will cost you thousands of dollars. You don't want to spend that much money and end up with an inefficient system. The following tips will ensure that your money is well spent when replacing your HVAC system:
You Don't Necessarily Need the Exact Size
A replacement doesn't necessarily mean taking out the HVAC and replacing it with a similar one. This is particularly true when it comes to sizing the HVAC. You need to analyze your heating and cooling needs afresh to determine whether they have increased or gone down since the last HVAC was installed.
For example, you may have finished your basement or added a few more rooms to the house. Both of these increases the heating and cooling needs of your house, which increase the size of the HVAC you need. Alternatively, you may need a smaller system if you have installed energy efficient windows or improved your house's insulation.
You Don't Need the Highest SEER Rating
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio or SEER is defined as the total cooling output divided by the total energy input over the same period. An HVAC's SEER rating defines how energy efficient it is; higher SEER ratings correspond to better energy efficiency. An energy efficient system will save you hundreds of dollars (per year) in terms of reduced energy consumption.
This doesn't mean, however, that you need the highest SEER rating available in the market. It all depends on the heating and cooling needs of your house. For example, you don't need the highest SEER rating if you live in a moderate climate and only uses the HVAC for a few days of the year. Don't forget that high SEER ratings equal high installation costs.
A Good Quote Comes After a Home Survey
It's also a good idea to rely on quotes emanating from a home survey; they tend to be reliable. Online quotes or quotes based on word of mouth descriptions don't always take into account the tree condition of your house. A survey will take into account different things, such as the state of your home insulation, to help the contractor know exactly how much cooling or heating power you need.
As usual, an experienced HVAC technician, like one from Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc., should be your go-to guy for all technical issues related to your HVAC installation. Listen to their advice before making your decisions.