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What to Consider When Purchasing a New HVAC System

What to Consider When Purchasing a New HVAC System
18
Jan

An average HVAC system has a lifespan of approximately 12-15 years. Around this time parts start breaking down, efficiency drops, and the old system becomes more likely for catastrophic failure. Replacing expensive parts after the system is 10 years old is rarely a good idea. You may need an entirely new unit. HVAC units are expensive and their installation isn’t easy. When you think about it, an HVAC system is the only household appliance you purchase that is not put together already! For those reasons, when it comes time to buy a new HVAC unit, you are going to want to be well informed so that you can make the right decisions.

Choosing the Correct Size

One of the first things to consider when shopping for a new HVAC unit, is size. A unit that is too small will not be able to meet your heating and cool needs. Some rooms of the house may never even receive cool air! Buying a unit which is too large would just be wasteful. Green Cooling Solutions will perform something called a “load calculation” which will determine what size HVAC unit you need. It uses information such as square and cubic footage of your home, insulation levels and even your homes orientation.

Consider your Entire Home

The next thing to consider is the specific needs of your home. Do you have adequate attic insulation levels? Is your duct work large enough? Both of these issues can be measured and assessed with simple tests. If your salesman does not even set foot in your attic, that is a big red flag!

Additional Considerations

Now that you have determined your needs, there are still a few more questions to ask. How concerned are you with energy efficiency? Units which have been highly rated for energy efficiency may be a little pricier upfront, but you could save a good deal of money in the long run. However, they also tend to use sensitive electronics and their failure rate may be a bit higher than a standard efficiency system. Typically, Green Cooling Solutions recommends an efficiency between 14 and 16 SEER.  You will also want your new AC system permitted and inspected by our local municipalities. It is law in the State of Florida that all new HVAC systems must be permitted and inspected.

If you have any questions or would like an estimate for a new HVAC system from Green Cooling Solutions, please call us at 941-378-2080