It’s said that two of life’s major stressors are buying a home and a car. Well, getting a new HVAC system when you live in Florida is also a pretty big deal. Along with the myriad of choices available in the market today come many questions – what brand, what size, what vendor and… how much it is all going to cost?
Here are five guidelines that Custom Climate Concepts suggests you think about when assessing the cost of installing a new heating and cooling system. We believe that understanding the factors that influence the cost of a system could help save you money in the long run.
Size: Not too big or too small
Of course it makes sense that the larger the home, the bigger the system you’ll need to sufficiently heat and cool it. If a system is too small for the home, it will work harder, be less energy efficient and possibly wear out sooner.
However, too big isn’t better either. A system that’s too large for a home can create its own problems, including uneven temperatures, poor humidity control, and a loss of efficiency. Custom Climate Concepts can help you identify the size HVAC system that’s just right for your home.
A common misconception is that the house size can tell you the size of the AC Unit needed. This is not true! Every house is different. There are many factors like the height of the ceilings, insulation type and quantity, the ductwork design and other factors that make a big difference.
Explore types of HVAC systems
From split system to ductless air conditioners to packaged heating and cooling units, there are multiple ways to climate control your home. While many people tend to stick with the same type of system they’re replacing, it may be that a different option will work better. Talk to an experienced HVAC sales and service company about benefits and costs of each.
Take energy efficiency into account
Chances are you are replacing an older HVAC system. After all, more than half the homes in the entire U.S. were built before 1980. That means many older HVAC systems are ready to retire. Getting a new system gives you the opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money over the long term. Also, upgrading your old thermostat with one that is programmable is a good option. It can help enhance the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Make sure your ductwork is optimal – it can save you a lot of money
When replacing an old HVAC system with new, it’s important to make sure the existing ductwork in your home is optimized for the type of system you’ve chosen, and that it’s been properly installed and maintained. Improper ductwork can create hot or cold spots in a home, reduce system efficiency and even allow the growth of mold from condensation. Let us help you assess if your ductwork is in good shape before you invest in a new heating and cooling system.