How to choose the right HVAC system for your home

If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, here are some things to consider making sure your home is comfortable and cost efficient for years to come:
Before purchasing a new unit, we highly recommend that you have a professional review your current duct work to make sure it is in good condition since poorly sealed joints can cost you money and cause up to 30% energy loss in your system.   The contract can fix any insulation and debris issues.
New furnaces have much high efficiency ratings, up to 98% which are achieved through improvements in the design of the air handler.  There are 3 basic choices for air handler types:
Single State Air Handlers – have one speed setting and the motors run at maximum speed regardless of indoor heating requirements that results in wasted energy.
Two-Stage Air Handlers – have two speed settings (high and low) Usually the low setting is adequate to maintain desired heat.
Variable Speed Air Handlers – Multiple varying speeds allow for greater energy efficiency since you can choose the desired speed needed.  You will need to calculate the size of the heating system that your house needs to ensure optimal and efficient operations.
Air Conditioner Units
You want to choose the correct SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) Rating for your home. A higher number indicates higher energy efficiency. We recommend you purchase air conditioners with variable-speed scroll compressors, these models produce less noise. An all-aluminum evaporator coil is less susceptible to leaks and corrosion compared to the copper and steel evaporator coils of older units.
Heat Pumps
If you are looking for an all-in-one heating and cooling system, consider buying a heat pump. These are the most efficient electrical heating systems currently available on the market.  Heat pumps work just like air conditioners – when in cooling mode, it uses a refrigerant to remove heat from the inside of your home. In heating mode, the reverse valve changes the direction in which the refrigerant flows allowing the heat pump to heat your home by picking warmth from the outside and bringing it inside the house.
Call us to determine the best choices for your home today!

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