How do I Choose an HVAC System?
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Asking the right questions at the start can clarify what you need in a system and help you evaluate your choices wisely. The more questions you ask, the better understanding you’ll have about your HVAC system and what it needs to function properly in your home. First up: how do you know if you should repair or replace your system?
Repair or Replace My HVAC
If you’re not sure whether you should repair your existing system, upgrade a certain part, or replace it altogether, you might want to give that some more thought before making your next move. There are some clear signs it’s time to replace your HVAC system, and it’s good to know what to look for before a small problem becomes a bigger issue.
Questions to Ask Your HVAC Install Estimator
If you’ve decided on an install, the consultation is your opportunity to ask questions. Here are a few that can help inform your decision and ensure your new system meets your expectations:
What’s the average life expectancy of the proposed system?
What are common issues associated with this system?
Is the system suitable for people with allergies?
Can I expect my utility bills to go up or down?
How often does my new system need to be serviced?
What will the new system look like? Will visitors see it?
Can I change the temperature setting in different rooms?
Do I need to purchase anything else to go along with my system, like a carbon monoxide detector or a humidifier?
What levels of air quality can I expect with my new system? Will the air be dry or humid? Will I experience cold patches?
How loud is the system?
What warranty options are available when I purchase my new system?
Finding the Right Solutions
Every house is unique, so it’s important to examine your AC unit to make sure it’s a good fit. That can call for a closer look, some special tools, and a keen eye and ear for things that are out of place.
How Does Your System Measure Up?
Consider hiring an HVAC technician to conduct a system performance evaluation. Not only will the technician inspect your HVAC system, but they’ll also examine the perimeter of your home to look for any leaks or other issues that could be draining energy and pushing unfiltered air through your vents.
A technician uses specific tools like thermal scans or infrared cameras to detect what part of your system is losing the most energy. Once this is complete, they’ll provide you with steps on what to do next.
Report Card Time
After the performance evaluation is complete, you’ll be provided a report listing the faults in your system and what improvements can be made to fix them. Your technician will also brief you on costs for different repairs and help you determine which to prioritize.
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