A Quick Guide to Updating Your Heating and Cooling System
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If you want your family to be comfortable no matter the temperature outside, you must invest in a high-quality heating and cooling system. However, without the proper knowledge, you risk purchasing a system you can’t use or that isn’t safe. If you have been considering purchasing a new HVAC system for your home, it helps to know what to look for and how to install it. This quick guide to updating your heating and cooling system can help with that important decision!
How to Tell if It’s Time to Upgrade Your System
If your HVAC system isn’t working as well as it should even after you’ve performed maintenance and taken care of any repairs, you should start thinking about replacing it. Even if it seems to be working, it may be running more often than it should, which could indicate the need for replacement. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it isn’t as energy-efficient as it could be. Just look to your energy bills for the evidence.
Benefits of Upgrading Your HVAC Unit
The most obvious benefit of upgrading your heating and cooling system is a more comfortable home. Temperatures will be more comfortable and stay consistent, making it easier for you and your family to relax. Upgrading to an energy-efficient unit can help to protect the environment and will usually save you at least a few bucks on your utilities. If you are thinking of selling, upgrading the HVAC system can even raise the value of your home.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Unit
When deciding on which new HVAC system to purchase, consider whether you need natural gas or electric. If possible, choose one that uses natural gas for heat and electric for cooling. It will provide the best energy efficiency. An air-source heat pump may also work well for homes that are in moderate climates.
The size of the unit is also important. If you choose one that is too small, it will never efficiently heat or cool your home. If you purchase one that is too large, it will cool your home too quickly. When this happens, the air is not properly dehumidified. The humidity in the air can create condensation and lead to mold. Mold is expensive to clean. It’s also dangerous, which means it puts your family’s safety at risk and could lead to costly medical bills. In addition, a unit that is too large for your square footage could fry the compressor.
Having Your New System Installed
Unless you are an experienced and licensed HVAC technician, you should never attempt to install a new heating and cooling system yourself. Hiring a professional to put in the unit ensures the installation is correct, safe, and follows all local, state, and federal guidelines. Additionally, by hiring a professional to provide the installation now, you prevent making mistakes that may lead to costly repairs in the future. HVAC technicians will have all the equipment and knowledge necessary to do the job right the first time.
Whether you need to add to your family’s comfort and safety or hope to sell your home in the near future, a high-quality and energy-efficient HVAC unit ensures you do both. Always speak with professionals before making any purchases to ensure you are making the right decisions when updating the heating and cooling system for your home.