An HVAC replacement for your Brooksville, FL home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. It will have a profound effect on your indoor comfort and your pocketbook for the next 15 to 20 years. With Port Richey’s mild climate, heat pumps are a popular home heating and cooling option. Here are some important things to know before choosing a new HVAC system:
Why You Need a Reputable and Experienced HVAC Contractor
Your contractor will guide you through choosing a system. Your contractor will also size, install, stand behind and service the unit, so take the time to choose an established HVAC professional. According to a recent survey of U.S. homeowners conducted by Emerson Climate Technologies, “85 percent of the consumers who were satisfied with their contractor was satisfied with the system they chose to purchase.”
Why a Contractor Should Properly Size Your HVAC Replacement
A system that’s too large or too small will not keep you comfortable, and it will wear out prematurely. It could even cost you more in energy bills than your existing unit. Hire a contractor who will perform a full Manual J load calculation for precise system sizing. This complicated equation factors in things like square footage, insulation levels, light exposure, room layout and other details. Beware of contractors who want to size your new unit based solely on square footage or who try to replace your existing system with one that’s the same size.
The Difference Between Ducted and Ductless Heat Pumps
Heat pumps can be ducted systems that rely on ductwork or ductless mini-split systems that do not. A mini-split is a good choice if your home has no ductwork, has ductwork that’s in poor condition or needs additional ductwork to accommodate your HVAC replacement.
With ductless, one outdoor unit supplies heated and cooled air to one or more indoor units. Each indoor unit controls a zone, and because you can maintain each zone at a different temperature, you can heat and cool only the rooms you’re using. The energy savings can be impressive.
What’s Important About Heat Pump Efficiency
Heat pump efficiency is measured by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the HSPF and the SEER, the more efficient the unit will be and the less you’ll pay for electricity. HVAC represents 40 to 50 percent of your home’s total energy usage, so the monthly savings with a high-efficiency system can total hundreds of dollars annually. Most homeowners rely on their contractors to help them choose a system that will deliver enough efficiency to reap a significant reduction in energy costs while still keeping upfront costs within a homeowner’s budget.
When It’s Time for Heating and Cooling System Replacement
If you wait until your existing HVAC dies, you’re likely to get stuck with the first unit you can find and the first contractor who comes along. According to the homeowner survey cited above, almost 60 percent of homeowners who purchased new HVAC systems after their existing systems died were dissatisfied with their contractors and unhappy with their systems. The average HVAC system is replaced at 16 years of age. If your system is that age and any of the following are true, it’s time for replacement:
- You have escalating utility bills
- You’re facing expensive repairs
- You’re uncomfortable indoors
- The unit has been poorly maintained
- Your home has hot and cold spots
Locally owned and operated since 1953, Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating is a trustworthy, reputable and knowledgeable Port Richey HVAC contractor. We pride ourselves on giving our customers what they need at prices they can afford. To learn more about your HVAC installation options, call us today to schedule a free consultation.