When it comes to saving money on home energy costs, central heating and air conditioning can be one of the most energy efficient upgrades you can make. If you have an outdated HVAC system, upgrading to a newer energy efficient model can save you a substantial amount of money each year. There are some guidelines to follow when buying a new HVAC system for your home. These guidelines will ensure you get the best possible system for your home that suits your needs and budget.
No Half Measures
Some contractors to sell you a certain size unit based only on the floor measurements of your house; find another contractor, preferably one that is ACCA Certified (Air Conditioner Contractors of America.) A reputable contractor will measure your house following ACCA manual guidelines. It typically takes up to an hour to properly evaluate a home. The process involves measuring each room, inspecting windows and the attic, asking questions about your home and checking insulation. You would be surprised what all goes into calculating the right size unit for your home. Other lesser known factors that come into play is how the sun hits your house, roof shingle color, the number of people living in the home and average high and low temperatures in the area.
Information is Power
It’s a good idea to ask for a copy of the cooling load calculations. You will need these to compare quotes from different contractors. If the calculations seem to be lacking, ask the contractor how the calculation was derived, and for clarity on anything you may not understand.
Good Quality Costs Good Money
The lowest quote is not always the best quote. If a contractor is coming in with a quote drastically less than other companies, steer clear. There is a reason that it’s so low. A low quote can be indicative of shoddy workmanship or even fraud. Be prepared to pay for the level of skill, knowledge, and professionalism of an experienced HVAC technician.
Check For Problems
Make sure you inspect for duct leaks and ducts that have become disconnected. A good contractor will have diagnostic equipment on hand to check for leaks as well as air flow restrictions from crushed ductwork. If a leak or disconnect is found, a quality contractor will seal them with strong sealants, not duct tape. Duct tape, despite the name, is a cheap shortcut and will wear out quickly in a hot attic.
Energy Efficiency Saves Money
It is wise to invest in a highly efficient system, which does not necessarily mean a bigger size. Buy the right size unit, but any enhanced features that directly increase energy efficiency can be a good investment. Federal law requires new units to have a SEER rating of at least 13 or higher. Save yourself some money in the long run and buy the highest SEER rating available. Lastly, make sure your installer avoids an install location that is in direct sunlight, this will make your unit work harder and run hotter, shortening its life span.
Ready To Cool Down?
If you are ready to upgrade your HVAC system to a more energy efficient unit, contact Cypress Creek AC. Highly skilled installers and techs are on hand to answer your questions and guide you in your purchase.