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Tips From an HVAC Contractor on How to Get the Most Out of Your System

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HVAC systems are comprised of many components working in tandem to keep every room in your house at the temperature you want. The complexity of each individual feature and the small parts that keep them running make it especially difficult to determine the best system for you, what’s wrong when issues arise, and whether a new HVAC system can address your concerns.

In this blog, %COMPANY%’s HVAC experts will walk you through how HVAC contractors evaluate systems and how they can help solve the problems that poorly functioning HVAC systems can cause. We’ll explain some key ratings and features to look for in a system while also outlining some unexpected common annoyances that experienced contractors can help to address.

Knowledge is Power: Understanding Your HVAC System

The more you know about your HVAC system options, the more able you are to select the right one for your needs. Additionally, you’ll be able to take control of your system in a way that most effectively reduces energy consumption and costs while avoiding operational mistakes that could cause damage.

Technicians employed by experienced companies can tell you all you need to know about your options or your system. Some of the metrics and features we recommend knowing include:

HVAC Efficiency Ratings: SEER and AFUE

The most important ratings we encourage buyers to look at are two crucial energy efficiency metrics: SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) for air conditioners, and AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for heaters.

SEER is the ratio of a system’s cooling output in a typical cooling season (in British thermal units, BTUs) to the amount of energy it uses (in watt-hours). A higher SEER means a unit cools more per watt-hour used and is, therefore, more energy efficient. When you’re prioritizing energy efficiency, a SEER of at least 17 is considered good but more cost-effective units are often around 14.

AFUE is the percentage of fuel input that a furnace converts into heating output. An AFUE rating of 80 percent means that for every 100 BTUs of fuel input, the heater will produce 80 BTUs of usable heating. The remaining 20 BTUs will be lost as exhaust gas among other ways. A higher percentage means a more efficient system. Keep in mind that different types of heaters have different ranges and it is possible for some heat pumps to exceed 100 percent.

Energy-efficient systems often cost more upfront, but they save you over the long term with reduced energy bills. Pay attention to these efficiency ratings so you have an idea of what to expect on your bills during high-use times.

Modern Technology Features

Modern air conditioning systems come with a full suite of features. Many of these will go unnoticed but some are important to look for when buying a new machine and others will make it far easier for you to operate your system.

Some new, advanced HVAC features and systems we like to see are:

  • Variable refrigerant flow systems (VRF)
  • Ductless mini-split systems
  • Smart thermostats
  • Zoning controls
  • Efficient air filters

How an HVAC Contractor Evaluates Your Needs

Before recommending or installing a new system, experienced HVAC contractors conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s heating and cooling requirements. They consider factors such as square footage, insulation levels, existing ductwork, and occupancy patterns to determine the appropriate size and type of system for your household.

By understanding your HVAC needs, contractors can recommend tailored solutions that optimize comfort and energy efficiency while avoiding issues like over-sizing or under-sizing, which can lead to performance problems and increased energy costs.

Professional HVAC Installation

Proper HVAC installation is critical to the performance and longevity of your new HVAC system. Professional installation ensures that equipment is sized correctly, ductwork and/or piping is properly sealed and insulated, and all components are installed with precision and attention to detail.

Professional installation maximizes system efficiency and minimizes the risk of issues such as:

  • Air leaks
  • Improper airflow
  • Premature equipment failure
  • Frequent costly maintenance

Optimizing HVAC System Efficiency

HVAC contractors make sure that your system gets the exact calibration it needs to efficiently heat and cool your home to your exact specifications.

When installing a new system, a technician should perform:

  • Comprehensive start-up procedures
  • Equipment setting calibrations
  • Fine-tuning for improved performance measures
  • A short tutorial on operating the system

Proper Ventilation: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Proper ventilation is an essential component of a healthy and comfortable home environment free of dust, allergens, and other irritating indoor pollutants. Trained HVAC professionals can assess ventilation requirements and recommend solutions such as whole-house ventilation systems, air purifiers, and humidity control.

Every situation is different—and that’s why tailored solutions are of the utmost importance.

Preventative Maintenance Plans

Even after installation, HVAC contractors continue to support homeowners with ongoing HVAC services and support. They can offer preventive maintenance plans designed to keep your HVAC system running smoothly year-round, scheduling regular inspections, cleanings, and tune-ups to identify and address potential issues before they escalate.

Typically, an HVAC system needs a check-up on an annual basis, which sometimes requires a follow-up if there’s an issue that needs solving. If you find you’re calling a technician much more than that, then it might be time to look into a new unit.

Some other indications of a faltering unit include:

  • An increase in your energy bills.
  • Fluctuating or inconsistent temperatures beyond the usual patterns (e.g. rooms with more sunlight or on higher floors tend to be hotter).
  • Strange, new noises coming from your system.
  • Unexpected, frequent sneezing or itchy skin or eyes.

Partner With the Right HVAC Company

HVAC companies and their contractors leverage their technical knowledge, industry insights, and experience to deliver optimal comfort, efficiency, and reliability for years to come. By relying on them for installations and ongoing maintenance, you can enjoy all the comfort of a home consistently cooled or heated to just the right temperature.

When you’re considering investing in a new HVAC system or need assistance optimizing your existing system, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced HVAC professionals. You can reach us at %PHONE1%.

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