Some heating and cooling systems fail because they are damaged or have reached the end of their serviceable life. In either case, this can be an opportunity to invest in a new system that runs better, utilizes less gas or electricity, and comes with enhanced features. When it’s time to call your HVAC contractor to install a replacement system, consider the tips below to make sure you select the best unit for your home.
Pay attention to size.
HVAC units are most effective when they’re the correct size for the space. Models that are too big for a home may heat or cool the house faster. However, this results in short-cycling, which makes the system cost more to operate. Systems that are too small will need to work harder to heat or cool the home to the desired temperature, resulting in premature wear. They will also be unable to maintain the desired indoor temperature when experiencing extreme temperatures outside. An HVAC technician will be able to recommend a unit that’s right for your home based on your home’s square footage and construction.
Prioritize energy efficiency.
When you replace your HVAC system, you have an opportunity to make your home more energy-efficient. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rates an HVAC unit’s efficiency. Those with a 16 or higher rating are considered the best options today. You can also look for units with the Energy Star® rating. These units can not only lower monthly heating and cooling bills but can also qualify you for government rebates.
Underestimate the value of warranties.
Two types of warranties are usually offered with a new heating and cooling system: one provided by the manufacturer that covers malfunctions that happen due to faulty parts and a guarantee from the contractor that includes compensation for installation-related failures. Talk with your HVAC contractor to see what manufacturer and contractor warranties are offered to find what works best for your home and budget. Some HVAC system manufacturers, like Mitsubishi and Armstrong, offer long-term parts and labor warranties, while others offer a long-term parts and a short-term labor warranty. Ask before you buy to get the best warranty!
Let the contractor leave without a test run.
Before your HVAC contractor leaves, try out your new system to confirm everything is running correctly. If the unit isn’t in sync with the thermostat, your technician can fix the problem immediately, saving you time and money on a service call down the road. This is also a great time to talk to them about any questions you have about running the new system or planning for maintenance.
If it’s time to replace your HVAC system, trust our team at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH. Since 1998, we have served residential and commercial clients in Knox County and the surrounding areas. As a reliable Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor®, we offer HVAC repairs, maintenance, and Energy Star®-rated products for replacements. Call today at (740) 520-2312 or send us a message through our website.