New HVAC System Buying Tips
Choosing a new HVAC system for your home in Pennsville is an opportunity to enhance your quality of life, as well as an investment in the future. It’s also a time to shop carefully and make informed decisions. New central air conditioners can be expected to last about 15 years and a new gas furnace may exceed a 20-year life span. Whatever choices you make now, you’ll be living with for quite some time if you keep the house. To make certain you get your money’s worth and enjoy improved cooling/heating comfort, here are some factors to consider:
HOW LONG DO YOU PLAN TO STAY IN YOUR HOME?
A new HVAC system—two years old or less—adds value to your Pennsville home if you’re planning to sell within that time frame. If you’re staying for the long-term, however, investing in a high-efficiency system allows you to benefit from lower monthly energy costs year after year, eventually paying for the unit.
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DO YOU WANT TO COOL & HEAT THE WHOLE HOUSE?
If you need only to condition a single room, a ductless mini-split utilizes a downsized heat pump and doesn’t require expensive installation of ductwork. Mini-splits add powerful, energy-efficient cooling and heating to one room.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HYBRID HEATING?
While a traditional gas-fired furnace uses natural gas and a heat pump uses electricity, a hybrid heating system combines the two methods. This option can provide the lowest-cost heating method based on the outdoor temperature.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HVAC EFFICIENCY RATINGS?
Air conditioning efficiency is expressed by a unit’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which is displayed on the unit’s yellow Energy Guide sticker. The federal mandated minimum SEER rating is 14. However, there are higher-efficiency air conditioners with SEER ratings above 20. Energy savings from high-efficiency AC units will compensate for steeper initial purchase prices over a period of long-term ownership.
Gas furnace efficiency is expressed by the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. The federal minimum AFUE today for standard single-stage furnaces is 78%. The more expensive two-stage furnaces that recapture spare heat offer energy efficiency as high as AFUE 97%.
WHAT ABOUT THE HVAC BLOWER FAN?
The old-school, single-speed blower fan connected to your existing HVAC system consumes lots of electricity, generates excessive noise and causes household temperature swings as it repeatedly switches on and off. New variable-speed blowers incorporate ECM (electronically commutated motor) technology to operate across a range of variable speeds, instead of cycling on and off. Upgrading the fan along with the A/C and furnace provides consistent temperature control, nearly silent operation and can reduce blower electricity consumption.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BETTER AIR QUALITY?
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems induct filtered outdoor air while exhausting an equal volume of stale indoor air. This continuous balanced air flow keeps the indoor environment fresh. A heat exchanger incorporated in the central HRV unit prevents household heat loss during winter and keeps out unwanted heat in summer.
ASKED ABOUT A HVAC SERVICE AGREEMENT?
Annual heating and air conditioner maintenance by a qualified HVAC contractor ensures to enhance energy efficiency, lower operating costs and makes your unit last longer. Exactly what you expect from a new HVAC system. Proper maintenance is also part of keeping the warranty on your new units. An affordable service plan makes annual maintenance automatic and covers many other minor service costs.