If you are in the market for a new heating and cooling system, it’s likely that you will run across some terms in your research that you are unfamiliar with. A new HVAC system is a great investment in your home, so you’ll want to make sure that you understand the system that you choose.
Here is a simple breakdown of some of the basic terms and concepts you will want to have a good grasp on before you choose a cooling system for your home:
All heating and cooling systems are measured by their efficiency. When you are buying a new system, always consider efficiency! Higher efficiency translates to less energy consumption, which will save you money on your utility usage in the future. While high-efficiency HVAC systems come with a larger upfront cost, that additional cost is typically recouped in utility savings within the first 5 years of system usage and will continue to help you conserve energy long after that.
If your home already has ductwork, a traditional central cooling system will provide the most comfort for the least amount of energy consumption. If you already have a traditional A/C, your most cost-effective replacement option is to install a high-efficiency central air conditioner. On the other hand, if you don’t have ductwork to any or all of your home, ductless systems are available that provide efficient home cooling to multiple rooms and zones of your house.
When it comes to installing a new air conditioner, proper A/C sizing will make or break your home comfort. While you might think that having a larger sized system will heat and cool your home better, this is not the case. An over-sized A/C system will result in a humid house, because the system will not run long enough to remove the appropriate amount of humidity from the air. It may also result in a shorter cooling system lifespan from turning on and off frequently. On the other hand, it’s equally important to avoid undersizing your HVAC system as well; doing so will cause your HVAC system will run non-stop and never obtain the desired comfort. Make sure that a professional load calculation is done to ensure proper cooling system sizing for your home.
In addition to these 3 key A/C factors, consider current promotions and additional savings from utility rebates that are offered on the type of home cooling system you are looking at. These will help you make the most of your budget and replacement experience.
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