A home HVAC system that works well can keep the family comfortable and utility costs low. While proper maintenance can keep a unit going, most need to be replaced every 10-;15 years. When it is time to update a heating and cooling system, homeowners should take the following factors into consideration.
HVAC equipment is a big purchase. Before making the decision, homeowners should research their options using product reviews and brand ratings. It’s important to look for unbiased reviews from sources other than the supplier’s website, and friends, family, and coworkers are other great sources of information. According to Nielsen, over 84% of people valued recommendations from family and friends and 68% considered consumer reviews when buying an HVAC system.
Determine Which System is Best for the Home
All systems are different, and certain units may not be the right fit for the home. A trained installer from J & S AIR INC can help area homeowners determine the appropriate size unit by measuring the home’s square footage and doing heat load calculations. If the old system worked to cool or heat the entire home, HVAC zoning would allow the owner to cool only the rooms they use.
Find a Contractor
It’s important to choose a contractor with the right licensing and training. Most HVAC techs and contractors have received trade school training, and all are licensed by the state to do the work. If the company uses subcontractors, homeowners should verify their licensing as well, and they should learn about charges and fees before signing a contract.
Seal and Insulate the Home
Upgrading the HVAC system won’t make much difference if the home is insufficiently sealed. Before installing new equipment, J & S AIR INC will check the home’s insulation and windows. Adding insulation and sealing openings can increase the unit’s efficiency significantly.
Don’t Forget About the Wiring
Faulty or old electrical wiring in HVAC equipment can pose a severe fire hazard. When a tech installs a new system, they’ll evaluate the wiring and ensure everything’s set up in a way that protects the home and family from electrical fires. Visit Jsairaustin.com for more details or to schedule an estimate.