If you’re a homeowner, dealing with HVAC pros at some point is almost a certainty. First, when routine maintenance and potential repairs are required and later if/when you decide to upgrade the heating or cooling units. As with any critical household system, it helps to preview some of the issues that may come up so you’ll know what to expect when you interact with HVAC pros.
Who To Hire
First, make sure you’re dealing with genuine professionals who’ve built a good reputation and an established track record in the community. Any reputable HVAC contractor will be happy to provide local references as well as proof that they hold all required licenses, insurance and other credentials.
Establishing a working relationship with HVAC pros is important because your furnace and air conditioner both require annual preventive maintenance. This not only ensures optimum heating/cooling performance, it supports maximum energy efficiency for lower operating costs plus helps identify minor issues before they become major malfunctions. Also, annual maintenance by qualified HVAC service providers is required by most manufacturer’s warranties.
Upgrading Your System
Any qualified HVAC contractor will always recommend a formal load calculation before installing a new furnace or A/C. This procedure determines the exact BTU requirements to heat or cool your home effectively and efficiently. With that data, the contractor can select the right unit with the proper BTU capacity: not too much, not too little.
Energy efficiency of a furnace or A/C and monthly operating costs are directly related. Furnace efficiency is rated by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). The higher the AFUE percentage, the more efficient the unit. New standard efficiency furnaces have an AFUE around 80% while more expensive high-efficiency furnaces range as high as 95%. Air conditioner efficiency is expressed by SEER—Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. A standard SEER rating is currently 13 in our region but high-efficiency A/C units can provide efficiency above 20 SEER with a steeper initial purchase price.
For trusted sales and service in Long Island, contact the HVAC pros at Cool Power.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about service and maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.