Getting a new HVAC system is a big expense, so you want to be sure you make wise decisions when it comes to the size you need, the placement, and the features you want. Investing in a new HVAC could save money on your power bills and keep you more comfortable during the winter and summer. Here are some things you'll have to decide when it's time to install your new unit:
Where To Place The Indoor Air Handler
If your home is short on space, your current air handler may be located in the attic. If so, you've probably dealt with why that isn't the best situation. If your attic is roomy and you have plenty of room to stand and move around, it might not be so much of a problem. However, if your attic is cramped like many attics are, then working on an HVAC in the space can be very difficult. The alternative is to place the indoor unit in its own closet where it is hidden from view yet very easy to clean and service. Plus, since your HVAC may leak occasionally, water will be easier to notice and clean up and less likely to do damage if the unit is not hidden away in the attic.
What Type Of Thermostat To Buy
If you've had your current HVAC system for a long time, you may not be familiar with how a programmable thermostat works. It is very helpful for regulating your power bill because it automatically adjusts how much your HVAC runs depending on how you program it. You won't have to rely on your memory to adjust the thermostat when you leave for the office every day or go to bed at night. You program when you want to adjust the temperature and the thermostat follows your input. It will even kick back on while you're on your way back home so your house will be comfortable by the time you arrive.
Where To Put The Condenser Outside
Your current condenser probably sits on a slab and you can put your new condenser in the same place if you want. However, this could be the perfect time to move it to a new location. If the condenser is near your bedroom and frequently wakes you up at night when it kicks on, then moving it to the other side of the house might be a good idea. You just want to be careful not to place it in a place where it could be damaged such as where your roof will drain into it or where pine needles might fall into the cage and block air flow.
Your HVAC contractor will help you choose the perfect size for your home and make other suggestions to make your HVAC be as energy efficient as possible. If your current HVAC is old and limping along, a new system should make a noticeable difference in controlling the climate in your home.
Contact a company like Tuck & Howell for more information and assistance.