The average HVAC system will last for about 15 to 20 years. As your system nears the end of its lifespan, you may want to start considering your options for a replacement. A new system will generally yield instant energy savings over an older model, but those savings can vary greatly depending on the installation you choose. Use these tips to pick the best HVAC installation for your Rockwall, Texas, home.
Have Your Home Professionally Sized
The first step to choosing a new HVAC system is sizing your home. You should use professional Manual J calculations to determine how large your HVAC system needs to be. Manual J calculations are more accurate than simple rule of thumb calculations, which take only your square footage into account.
A system that’s either too large or too small will result in diminished energy efficiency, uneven heating and cooling, and a shorter system lifespan. Consult with our professional technicians for accurate HVAC sizing.
Check Efficiency Ratings
The higher a system’s efficiency rating, the lower your utility bills will be. Gas and oil-fired furnaces receive AFUE ratings between 78 and 98. Air conditioners and heat pumps get a SEER rating from a minimum of 13 to a maximum over 30. Heat pumps also receive an HSPF rating for their heating performance. The minimum HSPF is 7.7, while high-end systems may have an HSPF over 13.
Consider Your Budget
Consider your budget both now and in the future. The more you can afford to pay for your system upfront, the greater your savings are over the life of the system. A system with a higher efficiency rating will cost more, but provide lower utility bills. A high quality system also tends to have fewer repair needs and a longer lifespan. Aim for the best system you can reasonably afford for long-term benefits you’ll enjoy in your monthly budget.
When it’s time for a new air conditioner or heater, one of the best things you can do is consult with a professional. Contact Willard Heating and Air Conditioning at (972) 564-9785 for a knowledgeable consultation.
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