If your air conditioner is 10 to 15 years old, it’s past time to replace it. Older units are simply not as energy efficient as new Energy Star certified HVAC equipment. If you’re thinking about replacing your unit this fall, you probably have lots of questions about what to buy and what options are available.
Don’t worry; Ambient Edge has your back. We’ve assembled the best questions to ask when consider when replacing your HVAC. Check it out!
Replacing Your HVAC – What You Need to Know
Over the years, Ambient Edge has replaced thousands of HVAC units. We’ve found that homeowners basically ask some of the same kinds of questions, including:
· Question: Should I replace everything at once or just the air conditioner?
Answer: We recommend full replacement simultaneously because these units were designed to work together to cool and heat your home properly. If you have a mismatched unit, it won’t work as efficiently so you won’t gain the maximum energy efficiency that you were expecting.
· Question: What size system should I purchase?
Answer: We select the model based on the side of your home. We perform a detailed load calculation based on your square footage and how much space the unit will need to heat or cool. But it’s not just the size; we also look at the orientation of your home and how much sun it gets, as well as how it is constructed before recommending your new equipment.
· Question: Which model should I pick?
Answer: Well, it depends. We look at the efficiency of the cooling system by talking with you about the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) number. There is also a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) number. Then we look at the size of your home, along with discussing your budget, to determine the best fit. There are also add on features like a home humidification system that are particularly important in the desert.
· Question: Which contractor should I choose?
This is so very important to the proper functioning of your HVAC system. The contractor not only picks the system you’ll buy, they are absolutely critical to the proper installation of the unit. This partnership will last years – they will need to back up their warranty program and will also come out twice a year to do maintenance on the unit. The contractor should have a state license and be well respected in the region. The company should have some longevity in the marketplace, not someone who just put out their shingle. Ask about the warranties and guarantees on their work. Also, is the contractor NATE-certified (North American Technical Excellence) and how familiar are they with the particular brand of equipment they’re installing. These are all critically important things to ask your HVAC contract up front as part of the hiring process.
Cost Versus Value – Nevada HVAC Replacement
We recommend not necessarily going with the lowest price. Your HVAC unit is one of the most critical systems in your home. The vendor you choose needs to be a partner as you work together to keep your family comfortable during the hottest desert days and the coldest desert nights. Contact Ambient Edge to get to know our team today.