HVAC System Replacement Tips
Replacing your home’s heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of those house-projects that requires you as a homeowner to do a lot of work on the front end of the process. But once the big decisions are done, you can sit back, relax and let the experts do the entire install and clean-up. So, what exactly is involved with replacing a heating and cooling system?
The ideal scenario includes you deciding when this big project needs to be addressed, not one that needs to be made in an emergency situation or in short-order. So, if your HVAC system is getting old, and you are doing regular maintenance on it but, are finding that more and more repairs are needed, it might be time to replace the system before it dies on you altogether.
If you plan to replace your entire HVAC system, that will include your furnace (which is the unit inside your home) and the air conditioning unit (which sits outside your home). If you are interested in air cleaning systems and humidification systems, this too, is the best time to add that to your overall HVAC system.
There are several things to consider when doing your research:
Fuel Choice: Most furnaces in the Midwest rely on natural gas. If you are choosing another fuel option, make sure you deal with a qualified dealer in that particular technology.
Efficiency: The U.S. Department of Energy has a structure to rate the efficiency of systems, and your dealer will be able to direct you to options for your home’s needs. The higher the efficiency of your system, the more dollars you will save in energy costs.
Comfort: Changing your HVAC system is a great time to make changes in your system, like zone heating, humidification and air purifying systems or upgraded thermostats.
Special Needs for your Home: Bigger is not always better when it comes to an HVAC system – your home needs to be looked at carefully by an HVAC expert to determine the system which will work best in your home. Things that will be looked at include duct work, square footage, insulation and windows.
Brand and Dealer: You should consider looking at getting bids from more than one brand and more than one dealer before making your final decision. Carrier dealers are more than willing to share their expertise with you to find you the best system for your home.
Once you’ve chosen your brand, dealer and have it all in writing (down to the last detail), the install should take between one to two days. Some homes require some ductwork and other modifications with the install, but generally replacing a system can be done in relatively short order.
The investment in a new system is generally not small. But, by choosing an efficient model, you will save money on your utility bills and a new system will also save you money on repairs. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of greater comfort in your home.
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