If you are considering replacing your HVAC system, you will no doubt have questions. Knowing the right questions to ask so that you can make an informed decision. Here are some questions to ask before you buy your new system. By asking the right ones from the outset, you will be able to find the right Heating Ventilation and Cooling system to meet your needs.
What to Ask When Replacing your HVAC System
Q. Should I be looking at getting all of my equipment replaced at the same time?
A. Yes, all the parts of your heating and cooling system should be replaced at the same time to ensure that they work together properly. Replacing only part of your system may seem like the more economical way to go, but it could lead to service problems later on.
If the system is mismatched, it may not give you the level of energy efficiency or performance you are looking for. If you are replacing an older part of the system (piping, duct work, furnace, or the outdoor unit of a heat pump) you’ll want to match the new part as closely as possible to the existing system.
When installing a new, high efficiency heat pump or air conditioner, the old ducts could affect performance. It could have leaks, be inadequate for the new system, or not be the right size. Have the contractor perform a thorough inspection. All ducts must be properly sealed and insulated, and the right size for your home.
Q. What size system should I buy?
If the system is too small, it will not heat or cool your home efficiently. Choosing a system that is too large will cost more and will not give you accurate temperature and humidity control.
Ask your contractor to prepare a detailed load calculation for you. It will determine the capacity of the equipment you will need and the correct distribution of air to each room in your home.
Q. What type of system is best?
When you are looking for an HVAC system, you have several choices available. When looking for a cooling system, you’ll notice that their efficiency is rated as a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number. High numbers indicate that a unit is more energy efficient. Cooling systems must have a minimum SEER rating of at least 13.
When you are replacing your system, you need an experienced contractor to do the work. Call Air Depot to talk about your air conditioning and heating needs today.