Importance Of Installing A New HVAC System

Installing a New HVAC System – If you are planning to sell your home immediately, or you’re planning to do so in the next couple of years, you have to do everything possible to attract more buyers as well as decent offers.

A great way to do this is improving the energy efficiency of your home. In fact, you will enjoy the benefits of having an energy-efficient home as you wait to sell the house to the right buyer at the right price. Recent studies have shown that efficient homes usually sell faster and attract higher rates than less efficient homes.

Getting a New HVAC System

A recent study by the NCEEA – North Carolina Energy-Efficiency Alliance concluded that homes with Energy-Star rating sell almost three months earlier than conventional homes and at higher prices. While the study focused on newly-built homes in North Carolina, another study in Oregon that covered both new and old homes came to the same conclusions.

While the scope of these two studies might have been limited to certain areas, the main takeaway is that buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes and are willing to pay a higher price for long term energy savings.

Improving Energy Efficiency | Installing a New HVAC System

Having a new HVAC system installed in your home is an excellent way of improving the energy-efficiency of your home. It is important to note that your air conditioning and heating system account for over 50% of your home’s energy consumption. Therefore, you should talk to a competent HVAC contractor about auditing your home’s energy use, particularly your HVAC system. After the analysis, the contractor will be able to make recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency. One of the recommendations may be replacing your current HVAC equipment with a high-efficiency furnace/AC system or a high-efficiency heat pump.

Significant improvements in the energy-efficiency of your home may give it an edge in the marketplace. As you wait to find the right buyer, you will also enjoy reduced energy costs and optimal home comfort with a smaller carbon footprint.

According to EPA figures, around half of all energy consumed in a home goes towards heating and air conditioning. You can reduce this by over a third by simply replacing your old air conditioner with a new high-efficiency air conditioning system.

Since air conditioning Maple Ridge homes usually run 7-8 months every year, the cost savings can be quite considerable. Furthermore, Florida residents can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and do their part in protecting the environment.

When looking for an air conditioning unit to purchase, be sure to ask for the SEER rating. This is the measure of how efficient the unit is. Air conditioners with higher SEER ratings usually consume less energy when cooling the home. New AC units have SEER ratings ranging from 10.0 to 17.0. Any unit with a SEER rating over 14.5 qualifies for the EPA’s Energy Star label.

Improving Energy Efficiency | Replace Both the AC and Furnace

To get the best results as far as energy-efficiency is concerned, be sure also to replace the furnace when replacing your air conditioner. In addition to that, you should think about replacing your thermostat with a programmable thermostat. This, together with complete HVAC replacement, will offer great outcomes. As a result, you will save a lot of money on both cooling and heating costs.

After choosing a highly-efficient air conditioning unit, you need to have it properly sized to match your cooling needs. Central air conditioners are not always better than a window and ductless air conditioners. If your central air conditioner is too large, or smaller than your space-cooling needs, there will be inefficiencies in the system. By hiring a certified HVAC contractor to measure the amount of space in your home, you can be assured of finding an AC system that can easily cool your home to your satisfaction. Fortunately, there are many competent HVAC professionals in every major city.

Choosing The Right Air Conditioner For Your Home

A mini-split air conditioner, also known as a ductless air conditioner, has a lot of similarities with a central air conditioning system. For instance, they both have a condenser, which sits outside, and an air handler, which sits indoors. The coolant or refrigerant passes through both units. It expands in the air handler, thereby absorbing heat, and gets condensed in the condenser as it dumps heat to the outdoors.

In a central air system, however, the air is sent through the air handler of the furnace into the air ducts. Once in the ductwork, the air is distributed to the rest of the house. On the other hand, a ductless system does not have ducts. Instead, thin refrigerant tubing is used to carry the coolant from the condenser to the evaporator and vice versa.

Choosing the Right AC System

The following is a list of questions we normally ask our customers to help them identify the best air conditioning system for their needs;

1. Is There Ductwork in Your Home?

This is the determining factor in many cases. If there is existing ductwork, it will be much cheaper to stick with a central air system.

However, if there is no ductwork, you will have to begin from scratch, which can be incredibly costly. In such a case, a ductless system may be perfect as you will only need to drill a 3-inch hole across an exterior wall to run the cables through. This will not cause a construction mess. Please note that ductless systems are perfect for new additions that may not be connected to ductwork running throughout the building.

2. Do You Mind Having a Noticeable Appliance on the Wall?

While a central air system may be unnoticeable in a room, a ductless system requires an air handler on the wall. While modern units may look stylish and can add value to your interior design, these units are still visible.

If you like the way your interior looks, and want no obstructions or distractions in the room, you may want to install a central air system. You should know, however, that there are some creative ways of disguising air handlers on the wall.

3. What is the Total Floor Size of Your Home?

Ductless AC systems do not have enough power to cool a large home. It may be a great idea to choose a central air system if your home is over 2,500 square feet. If your home has 2,000-2,500 square feet, you will get huge returns from the power of a central HVAC system.

However, if your home is less than 2,000 square feet, you should consider installing a ductless system.

4. Do You Mind a Little Bit of Noise?

Ductless systems are generally quieter than central air systems.

If you want a system that operates quietly, you should ask your HVAC contractor about the level of noise expected from the systems you are considering. It is important to note, however, that some ductless units produce more noise than central air conditioners.

5. How Much Do You Intend to Spend?

A decent ductless system will cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars for a system with a single indoor unit installed. However, the cost can be much higher if you need several indoor units. The cost can also be much higher if you want a high-efficiency ductless model. That said, central air systems are more costly than comparable ductless systems. However, the top-of-the-range ductless systems cost more than low-efficiency central air conditioners.

Since there is a wide range of ductless and central air systems, it is difficult to state the exact prices of all the different makes and models. Besides, there are many rebates and tax credits that can help lower the price.

What you should keep in mind is the fact that there are financing options out there, so you can get a decent unit for about $40/month, or even less, regardless of the unit you install.

6. How Crucial is Energy-Efficiency to You?

This is an important question. Proper design and installation of central air systems, particularly the ductwork, can significantly affect energy efficiency.

For instance, if the air ducts have been poorly designed and have more twists and turns than necessary, the efficiency of the system will reduce considerably. Similarly, if the sealing was not done properly, there will be air leaks. During installation, the technicians must install the outdoor unit on a level surface and use the right refrigerant. The outdoor unit must also be compatible with the air handler.

That said, the best ductless air systems have a SEER rating of up to 27 while the best central air systems can only manage a SEER of up to 21. This means ductless units have a higher energy-efficiency potential than central systems.

7. Do You Require Individual Zoning Controls?

If you want other rooms in the house to be hotter than others, you will need individual zoning controls, which are available with both ductless and central air. However, zone control is much cheaper with ductless systems than central air.

8. Do You Require Supplemental Heating?

Some ductless systems can reverse the direction of flow and act as a heat pump instead. This will help boost home comfort.

Efficiency HVAC Inc.

With more than 38 years in the heating and cooling business, Efficiency Heating and Air Conditioning Inc is dedicated to providing the best possible solution for you and your family. You can count on us to provide you with a system and solution that fits your family’s unique needs and since we’ve installed many systems in this area, we’ve earned a reputation for doing the job right the first time.

To assure your satisfaction, we start by asking questions. If we don’t provide what you need and want, we’re not doing our job.

Second, we work with the leader in home heating cooling equipment, Carrier.

Third, we train each employee to see your job through from start to finish, making sure the unit or system performs up to your expectations.

Finally, we provide quick, professional service and complete service plans to keep your systems operating at peak efficiency. It’s all part of our tradition of service- assuring your complete satisfaction.