4 Questions To Consider When Upgrading Your HVAC System

If you're going to upgrade your HVAC system, make sure you get the right one. A good HVAC tech can guide in you choosing the right system, but before you buy, there are some factors to consider yourself. If you want to know more, keep reading.

1. Is the System the Correct Size?

Before you buy any system, make sure it's the right size for your home. It may seem like bigger is always better, but if your HVAC system is too big, it cycles too frequently (turning off and on automatically to stabilize the temperature). This frequent cycling wears down the system faster, so you'll need more frequent repairs and/or replacements.

On the other hand, if the system is too small, it isn't as effective. You may struggle to reach the right temperature and/or struggle with hot/cold spots. This wastes energy and money.

2. What's the SEER Rating?

The SEER rating refers to the seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It measures how much energy the system uses vs. how much it puts out. The average SEER rating for systems is about 15 to 18. The higher the number, the more efficient the system. However, the price of the system usually increases with the SEER rating. You can also look for a system with an Energy Star logo.

3. Should You Update/Repair the Ducts?

If your ducts are old or haven't been maintained, it may be a good idea to have them repaired and/or maintained too. This includes:

  • Cleaning dust/debris from inside the ducts
  • Repairing holes
  • Replacing missing ducts
  • Adding insulation to ducts

This can drastically improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the system. However, if you don't have existing ducts or the entire system is severely damaged, replacing ducts or installing new ones may add a lot to the overall cost. You can avoid this excess cost by considering a mini-split system.

4. Do You Want Special Features?

Finally, consider any special features you may want. Some HVAC systems have zoned heating/cooling. This allows you to better control the system, reducing wasted energy and money. Other features may include:

  • Smart thermostat
  • Humidifier
  • Dehumidifier
  • UV light filter
  • Air purification

These may increase the price of the system, but they improve the overall indoor air, which can help reduce mold, allergies, skin irritation, breathing issues, and sickness.

A new HVAC system is a great investment in your home because it should reduce your energy bills. Newer systems are more efficient and effective than ever. If you would like to know more, read more online or contact an HVAC technician in your area today.