If your home needs a new HVAC, you'll probably have a lot of questions to ask the HVAC company you choose to work with. An air conditioner and furnace are both expensive, and you usually replace both at the same time. You want to buy the right equipment and have it installed properly. Plus, you also need to learn how to maintain the equipment so it lasts a long time. Here are some things you may want to discuss with your HVAC dealer.
If A High-Efficiency HVAC Is Recommended
All HVAC equipment has a SEER rating. This rating is a measure of energy efficiency, and the minimum acceptable rating is set by the EPA. The higher the rating, the more efficient the HVAC is but the more it costs. However, a high-efficiency HVAC has some advantages that could make the cost worth it.
High-efficiency units are made differently in that they have variable speeds so they don't cycle on and off as often. This saves on equipment wear and tear, so your HVAC should last longer. Since the HVAC is more efficient, it is also less expensive to operate.
Your HVAC dealer can help you determine the right SEER rating for your new equipment based on your budget and the amount of efficiency you want.
If You Have To Replace All The Parts
If the HVAC is old and past its best years, replacing all the parts at once is usually the best plan. However, if you're dealing with a condenser failure due to damage, a lightning strike, or compressor failure, you may want to save money by not replacing the air handler and furnace.
One thing to keep in mind is that the refrigerator coils form a loop between the condenser outside and the air handler indoors. At the very least, it may be necessary to replace the indoor coils so they match the coils on the new condenser.
Also, you may need to consider if the old air handler will interfere with the new condenser's ability to operate efficiently. Your HVAC professional can help you make the right choice.
If There Are Upgrades For Allergy Sufferers
If you or a family member has respiratory problems, discuss options in HVAC equipment with the dealer so the air in your home is as clean as possible and so the air stays at the best humidity level. Your system may need a dehumidifier to use with the air conditioner so the air in your home is dry enough for comfortable breathing.
You might also want added filters that trap smaller allergens and kill bacteria and viruses so the air in your home is less irritating and cleaner. Learn about the filter you need to replace monthly and find out if it's safe to put in an allergy filter later on. Some allergy filters could potentially cause problems by limiting airflow, so make sure it's okay to switch types or brands of filters.
If The HVAC Company Has A Service Plan
Some HVAC companies offer service plans that include things like monthly reminders to change your filter and scheduled service in the spring and fall. You'll need to have your equipment maintained by a professional, and by having a service agreement, you won't get lax and forget since the company reminds you when it's time.