Avoid These Important Mistakes When Buying Your New AC or Furnace

When you’re in the market for a new AC or furnace for your home, you have two choices: take the first estimate that sounds decent or take a little time to learn from what others have done wrong. This is a major purchase that will impact your energy bills, your home’s efficiency, and your comfort every day. Don’t take the first offer. Do your homework starting by learning from these common mistakes.

Settling for a Deal that Sounds too Good to Be True

It’s a good general rule for all things in life: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a contractor or installer offers you a fantastic deal on a new AC or furnace, read the fine print. Check on their references and reviews. A deep discount could signal shortcuts and shoddy workmanship.

Not Understanding what You Need for Your Home

Not all models are the same and not all AC and furnace units are right for your home. Make sure you understand, and that your installer double checks for you, that you have a unit that is the right size and type to heat or cool your home effectively and efficiently. Choosing the wrong size can lead to damage, higher energy bills, and even mold in your ducts.

Ignoring Efficiency Technology

A new unit that runs efficiently is probably going to cost more money, but don’t let this put you off. Check out the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for any new unit before you buy it. The higher the number, the more efficient it is, and the more money you will save each month. The highest efficiency unit can save you up to half on your monthly energy bill.

Forgetting about Rebates

Another good reason choose the high-efficiency models? Many come with rebates that are worth significant cash back. Several states and manufacturers offer rebates to encourage consumers to buy energy-saving AC and furnace units. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of these savings.

Not Checking out References and Reviews

We know that you have options when it comes to HVAC installers, which is why we strive to provide only the best service. You can’t count on this from everyone, which is why it is a mistake to not investigate before committing to an HVAC contractor. Ask us for references and read customer reviews to get an idea for the quality of service we offer.

Getting a new AC or furnace is a big deal and a big expense, so don’t rush the process. Avoid these mistakes, do your research, and you will be happy for years with your new unit.

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Commercial HVAC Systems – What You Need To Know

Commercial HVAC systems differ greatly from their residential counterparts. They are designed to cool places with massive scales and complex requirements. It is not enough to simply produce a cooling effect for the area. Their operation must proceed with utmost efficiency and reliability as any weakness will be magnified due to their size and scope. Power consumption is a particularly sensitive issue as every business strives to reduce their operational expenses. Heating and cooling systems are major contributors to the utility bills. Here’s what you need to know to lower consumption:

Demand Sensors

The number of occupants inside a building changes throughout the day. It doesn’t make sense to keep the temperature at a single setting despite the rise or reduction of demand. A more logical approach would be to modify the settings based on the actual real-time requirements. This can be implemented through the installation of CO2 sensors. People breathe out CO2 so the higher its level in the air, the more occupants there are in the room. HVAC systems can draw on this information to vary the settings accordingly.

Multiple Zones

Instead of treating a building as one large whole, the HVAC system can be designed to service multiple distinct zones. This will allow it to tailor its output to the load requirements of each zone. No area will feel too hot or too cold. It is a wise strategy given the inherent differences of various parts of a structure. The kitchen, for instance, will produce more heat and hence need more cooling for occupants to stay comfortable.

Programmable Thermostats

These are relatively inexpensive devices with an excellent return on investment. Programmable thermostats let people automate the settings for the HVAC system throughout the day. The air conditioner can be turned on a few minutes before workers are expected to arrive and turned off when it is time for them to leave. Not a single watt is wasted due to forgetful staff. The savings they bring can be immense. There’s no need to worry if changes in the schedule require an extension of working hours as the thermostats have a manual override.

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