A well-functioning HVAC system is essential for making your family comfortable and protecting your home from excess moisture and extreme temperatures. If your heater or air conditioner is more than a decade old, replacing it will prevent inconvenient, expensive breakdowns. Getting a new unit before your existing system fails also gives you plenty of time to decide on the best model for your Altamonte Springs, Florida, home. Here are some things you should consider when choosing a new HVAC system.
If your HVAC system isn’t the right size for your home, it will need to work harder. The increased wear will shorten its life and lead to breakdowns. For an oversized unit, installation will cost more. And since an oversized unit can change the temperature in your home quickly, it won’t stay on long enough to control your home’s humidity. Units that are too large turn on and shut down often, and that can cause frequent temperature fluctuations and distracting noises.
Undersized heaters or air conditioners will struggle to change your home’s temperature, and they’ll stay on almost constantly. To prevent these problems and save energy, have an expert perform a Manual J load calculation to find the ideal size for your unit.
More efficient heaters, air conditioners, and heat pumps are usually more expensive, but the investment is worthwhile. If you’re looking for a furnace, consider its Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). Air conditioners and heat pumps use Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) instead.
Many convenient features are available, including programmable thermostats that you can control wirelessly, ductless systems, and units with variable-speed fans. An HVAC system with zoning increases your comfort by letting you choose a different temperature for each zone.
E.C. Waters is a Trane Comfort Specialist with decades of experience installing and servicing HVAC systems. Let us help you choose your next HVAC system. Call (407) 603-9144 anytime to speak to one of our experts.
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