Is your heating or cooling system in excess of One Decade old or does it fall short of keeping your comfortable?
Is your air boiler, conditioner or furnace running a lot?
Are you paying much more than you think you should in energy bills?
If you answer yes to some of these questions, replacing an old HVAC (air, heating and ventilation conditioning) system could help better heat and cool your home and save you money over time. HVAC is the biggest energy user in most homes, making up greater than 40 percent of a home’s energy bills.
Efficient Steps You Can Take
Before you spend many thousands of dollars on a new cooling or heating system, it’s a smart idea to check your house and your HVAC system for costly air leaks. This might be the root of the problem, and may be a lot more economical to treat.
It’s a smart idea to start by having an energy assessment done on your home by an energy efficiency professional. This can either be a walk-through with a clipboard, or a more comprehensive audit with a blower-door test that pressurizes your home so energy leaks are detected. In some areas, electric utilities subsidize the costs of energy efficiency assessments, and some states offer rebates or discounts on having insulation installed or other work done to render your home more efficient.
Because properly insulating your home and sealing leaks will help your heating and cooling system run much more efficiently. And if you do replace it, your new heating or cooling system can then be sized properly and run more efficiently, potentially saving you significantly on both your upfront costs and energy bills in the future.
Spotting an HVAC Professional You Can Trust
How do you go about adding, replacing or cooling or upgrading an old heating system to meet your home’s and family’s needs? This person or company will be installing systems in your home that can directly affect the health and safety of your family.
An improperly sized or installed HVAC system can leak deadly carbon monoxide or other toxins into a home, cost you far more money, promote mold growth that can lead to chronic illness, or start fires. Seek a professional with some certifications such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence). A NATE patch signifies that the contractor employs technicians who have passed this national certification.
One of the most important things an HVAC professional should do is conduct a load calculation to properly size your system. A load calculation should not rely on the size of your house alone. Many variables will determine the size of your system, including the local weather, ventilation needs, windows, insulation levels and more.
Seek one who will if an HVAC professional can not do a proper load calculation or does not adhere to the Quality Installation Specification. Your bank, safety and health account may depend on it.