HVAC 101: Top 10 Homeowner Questions
When it comes to buying or upgrading your home’s heating or cooling system, there’s a lot to think about! Your home comfort system is one of the most significant investments you can make to improve the value of your house and keep you and your family comfortable.
Whether you’re looking at investing in a heat pump, gas furnace or central air conditioning system, consider these ten common questions to help you make the right HVAC choice.
Should I repair or replace my existing system?
If the repair cost of your existing home comfort system totals about 30% of a new purchase or your utility bill have increased 50%, you should seriously consider replacing your system. Replacing or upgrading a less efficient home comfort system can result in higher reliability and increased energy savings.
How much can I save with new equipment?
Air conditioning systems and heating equipment typically consume about 44% of a home's total energy bill. Today’s ENERGY STAR qualified home comfort systems can deliver good savings as the equipment is as much as 60% more efficient than 10-year-old systems.
Is installing a central HVAC system really necessary?
In new homes or remodels, a central HVAC system is the best solution to provide overall comfort and superior indoor air quality and humidity control. There are many different types of high-efficiency HVAC systems available and the investment will add value to your home.
What is the best thermostat to use with my system?
Programmable thermostats are easy to use and provide highly accurate, reliable, and energy-saving performance. Our Residential Communicating Control with Wi-Fi support works with your mobile device to allow you to easily program your system, wherever you are, and realize even more efficiency and savings.
How can I be sure I'm selecting the right contractor?
Choosing the right contractor is important to ensure the job is done correctly, safely, and to code. Look for a contractor who is associated with a recognized brand of a major manufacturer to be assured they are experienced and trained on the product, will size the system correctly, and will pull the proper permit for compliance with local safety codes. Make sure your contractor has liability insurance!
Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning customers know we deliver the right system for the right home and we’re backed by a $2,000,000 liability policy before we even step foot on a residential property.
How do I select the right heating/cooling system?
When you choose the best HVAC contractor, you can expect to get the right advice from a team of experts. The right contractor will perform a load calculation or energy analysis of your home to determine your operating costs, thoroughly discuss your needs, and can customize a system that will meet every objective.
If I have an existing system, can any of the components be reused?
Because every system is different, and some home comfort systems are dated or with obsolete parts, your contractor will thoroughly inspect your existing system. A detailed assessment will help determine whether any parts of your electrical system, ductwork or other components can be reused or what needs upgrading. Expect your contractor to provide a complete list of what needs to replaced and what options exist to reuse any parts.
How complicated is a new system installation?
The level of complexity of your project depends on the house, the current system, electrical system, and your requirements. While air conditioners and gas furnaces have different components, ductwork is a shared part of either system and must be properly sized and zoned for the best system performance. Your contractor will evaluate the existing setup, discuss with you the many HVAC system options, and can advise on the complexity of an installation.
What does the air handler do for my system?
An air handler, made up of a blower and other components, is used to circulate conditioned air throughout your home. Air handlers increase the efficiency of a system and ensure the home has the right amount of comfortable air moving throughout the house. Air handlers can be combined with accessories to filter, humidify or dehumidify the air stream as needed.
What can I do to improve indoor air quality?
You might be surprised to know that the air inside a home or building can be five to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Several HVAC components exist to improve the indoor air quality without wasting the existing heated or cooled air inside. Talk to your contractor about adding humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, UV lights or air filter technologies to improve your indoor air quality dramatically.
Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning knows your home and your needs are unique. We use industry-leading York® systems and technologies to help clients achieve their HVAC goals and make the right decisions based on budget and lifestyle. You’ll never regret upgrading to the best equipment, controls, installation and service. Call Meyers today and learn why York® is the smart choice!