a Home Air Conditioning unit is more than ten years old, the clock is
definitely ticking. It’s best to replace an old clunker before
summer, and customers should consider the five tips below when hiring
an HVAC contractor.
the Entire System
considering replacement of a Home Air Conditioning system, the
homeowner should evaluate the efficiency of the entire setup rather
than focus on the unit itself. To avoid future issues, the air
handler and furnace may need to be replaced at the same time as the
can increase their system’s efficiency by resealing, reworking and
repairing air ducts. Before choosing a new unit, the contractor
should assess the efficiency of the ductwork as well as the shape,
orientation and size of the home. Insulation, household size and
number of windows also play a role in HVAC efficiency.
bigger AC unit isn’t always better, and recent technological
advances mean that customers can buy smaller units that cool just as
well as the larger ones. Steer clear of contractors who want to
install a larger (and more expensive) unit because there are warm
spots in the home, as more tons won’t cool the home any faster.
Base Decisions Solely on Price
Though it’s important to get competing bids from multiple contractors, price shouldn’t be the customer’s only consideration. A low bid may come from a contractor who hasn’t analyzed the home’s ductwork, and they may not include a parts/labor guarantee. Complete bids based on a thorough analysis are the best bet. Click here to know more.
the Contractor About SEER Ratings
Energy Star approved AC unit has a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency
ratio) of 13-21; the higher the number, the more efficiently the unit
will operate. Typically, an AC with a mid-range SEER rating will work
well and pay for itself in terms of utility bill savings.
As with any contractor invited into the home, customers should take the time to ensure that the AC company they choose is trained, experienced, registered, bonded and insured. At Marylandhvacr.com, customers will get all that and much more.