Purchasing a new cooling and heating system is one of the biggest financial decisions that comes with owning a home. The cost to buy and install new equipment is only a small fraction of your total expense. More importantly, you must factor in utility bills, cost of maintenance, and the price of repairs to fix it when it breaks down or replacement upon premature failure of the unit. Over time, the combined cost of owning a system greatly exceeds the initial cost of buying it.
How does 10 years of excessive utility and repair bills sound? This is what can happen if the wrong system is in your home or if the unit is improperly installed. It also may not deliver the comfort you desire, and it may adversely affect your family’s safety and health. So the first thing you need to know is… don’t rush into your decision. Be sure to do your homework in advance and use good judgement. You probably will not be able to justify ripping out the air conditioning unit and starting over if you make the wrong choice.
Things to Consider When Replacing Your A/C Unit
Proper sizing – In order to get the most energy and operating cost savings, it is important to properly size the equipment to your home. To determine correct size for the new equipment, accurate measurements of every space in the house are necessary; insulation levels in floors, ceilings and walls as well as the size, number and type of windows. Units that are sized too large for the home cause uneven temps throughout the house because they are susceptible to short cycling. The air is not circulated as much as it would be with a system of the correct size. When a unit is too small it will struggle to keep up with demand, in turn costing you more in month utility bills.
Ductwork– When replacing your air conditioning unit, existing ductwork plays a major role in the process. It is important that the ductwork is designed and installed properly. In order to receive the most benefits from your new air conditioning and heating system, we will need to be sure your ductwork is sealed and sized accordingly. Correct sizing will help avoid hot and cold zones around your home. Older ductwork can become dirty overtime, which can cause the air quality in the home to suffer.
Insulation – Your homes insulation is one of the most important factors in improving energy efficiency. Your HVAC system often accounts for more than half the energy expense of a home. If your attic is not sealed and insulated properly, just imagine all that hot air moving into your living space as it escapes that hot contaminated attic. Then your system is working in overdrive in attempt to cool the living area.
Zoning– Zoning can help reach a maximum comfort level by dividing your home areas that have similar cooling and heating needs. These zones allow you to independently control the temperature in each area. Similar to multiple light switches in different rooms, multiple zone thermostats control the temperature in different areas of the home.
Taking the time to get a proper system analysis will help guarantee that you will be able to enjoy the benefits of having a new HVAC system hassle free.
Our friendly and experienced team of Technicians know heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They will take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget. Call us at 281-370-1566 to speak to a customer service representative and schedule a FREE, no obligation In-Home System Analysis with a Morrow Mechanical Comfort Technician.