Installing a New SystemPurchasing a new HVAC system doesn't have to be difficult. By following these simple steps, you can make the best purchase decision for your home.
A good HVAC system can make all the difference in how comfortable your home feels. But considering a new HVAC system can raise a lot of questions for both new and experienced homeowners alike. By understanding what your home needs – and what features are most important to you – finding the right home comfort solution can be easier than ever.
Benefits of Installing a New HVAC System
- On average, new HVAC systems provide up to 7% greater energy efficiency than the year prior
- Newer systems typically require fewer repairs
- Advances in indoor air quality (IAQ) technology mean newer systems make your home even more comfortable
Step 1: Find the Right Contractor
Before choosing a new system for your home, it's best to find a knowledgeable, trustworthy contractor. A good contractor will have the skills and tools necessary to calculate the type and size of HVAC system that is most appropriate for your home. After all, a system that is too big will frequently turn on and off, resulting in poor energy efficiency. And a system that is too small will cause the system to work harder than it should. By finding the perfect fit for your home, you'll benefit from more even temperatures and increased energy efficiency.
Step 2: Find the Right Unit
Choosing the best unit for you can be determined by considering key elements, like noise levels, options and warranties. If noise levels are a concern, ask your contractor about systems that produce noise levels under 60 decibels (dB). Likewise, you'll want to ask about what options are available with the system – and how much it can be expanded if you build an addition. Finally, make sure to learn what warranties are available on the unit. Warranties can make sure a new unit – and your peace of mind – are protected for years to come.
Step 3: Complete Your System With Add-on Options
Choosing a new air conditioner or furnace is more than just finding the right unit. Make sure you get the options you need to complete your system. If indoor air quality (IAQ) is a factor, make sure to ask about IAQ products, like humidifiers and air cleaners. These system additions can make a noticeable difference in the comfort of your home and the effectiveness of the HVAC system itself. This is also a good opportunity to ask your contractor to investigate the ductwork to make sure a new system doesn't require any additional changes. Ductwork can experience significant wear and tear, and even if your new system doesn't require new ductwork, your existing ductwork may require maintenance or cleaning.
And don't forget about thermostats. A communicating thermostat can actively monitor your system and alert you to possible issues, all while providing remarkable control over your system's operation. As the part of the HVAC system you'll interact with the most, the thermostat is an important component of any new system installation.
Step 4: Keep up With Maintenance
It's tempting to "set and forget" a new HVAC system, but making sure you keep to a regular maintenance schedule is essential. Regular maintenance, especially after a new system installation, can help identify small issues before they become big problems. It also gives you an opportunity to learn how the new system is functioning in your home, and make adjustments to increase your comfort and the system's efficiency. Remote monitoring solutions like Hx™3 can help your dealer keep an eye on your equipment to ensure consistent operation.
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