Basics Before Buying a New HVAC System – Part 2
As covered in Part 1, the best source of knowledge for buying a new heating and cooling system will be a licensed electrician experienced in installing HVACs. An HVAC installation requires solid engineering skills and knowledge for properly working with a home’s existing wiring, ductwork, ventilation, and other features.
Think of a good electrical contractor as a sound investment because the project will run from $2,500 to about $15,000 on average. Part 2 will discuss Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Proper Maintenance, and Noise Levels.
Have a detailed consultation about IAQ (indoor air quality) with your electrician before beginning the project if it is a health concern for your family. Fortunately, there are solutions available that will improve air quality, including humidification controls, air purification appliances, dense air filters, and ventilation systems.
The U.S. Department of Energy found that 50% of home energy usage is from cooling and heating. How much energy an HVAC system consumes should play a huge factor in your buying decision because you will be able to save on utility bills.
A furnace’s heating efficiency is measured by its AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). Furnaces that score high AFUE numbers are highly efficient.
The energy efficiency of an air conditioner is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). A/C units that achieve high SEER ratings are very energy efficient.
The energy efficiency of a heat pump is measured by its HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). This number measures the heating performance of a heat pump. Heat pumps that receive high HSPF numbers are greatly efficient.
For a new HVAC system to attain the efficiency indicated by its EnergyGuide label, it will need to be correctly installed by an experienced licensed electrical contractor.
An HVAC system needs proper maintenance carried out regularly (as required by the manufacturer) by a qualified technician to keep the warranty valid. Subscribing to a maintenance program can save costs over time. However, most homeowners will be able to replace HVAC air filters themselves every one to two months.
Talk to your electrician about HVAC noise levels to ensure you are buying a quiet system. Choose a unit that has a noise level measured below 60 dB.
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