If you enjoy staying warm in the winter and a cool breeze in the summer, you understand the benefits of an HVAC system. The primary function of any HVAC unit is to control the environment where you live, sleep, and work in to keep you comfortable. However, HVAC installation, maintenance, and use are more than just adjusting the thermostat during fall and spring.
If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, it’s important to understand a little bit about air conditioning and furnace units available. Today’s central air units have come a long way in recent years, and the type of air conditioning unit and furnace option you choose can make a huge difference in both your comfort level and your energy bills.
Air Conditioning Installation
There are three main types of air conditioning units available today. A split and window AC unit, packaged heating and air conditioning system or a central unit system. While each system heats and/or cools, they don’t all work the same. Some are faster while others are slower; some are for large areas and others are for small spaces only.
In a split or window AC system, a fan blows hot air out and brings cold air in. A split system works in a similar way, but is better for larger areas while window AC units are usually only effective for one room. A packaged system is an all-in-one unit and has both heating and cooling equipment that is usually put in the mechanical room or on the rooftop and distributes air throughout the space.
Central AC is what most of us are used to. They are like a split system, but bigger and more efficient. Central air conditioning installation provides thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings all year long.
All heating systems have the basic components to create, distribute, and control warm air. However, the heat source and mechanisms are different for each. The type of furnace you have depends on the type of fuel that is readily available in your area.
A residential boiler uses hot water, conducted through radiators in the floor or coil system to distribute heat throughout the home. A heat pump is part of a general HVAC system and uses outside air, heats it up, and pumps it throughout the home. Generally, one single heater can be used to warm the entire house, and it’s easy to regulate the temperature.
If you’re not sure what type of HVAC system is best for your home or your area, a certified HVAC contractor can help you decide. If you’re choosing a new HVAC system in an older home, you can update to save both money and energy. For a new home construction, you can choose the options that best fits your area and your lifestyle. If you’re unsure as to what type of system is right for you, get connected with a local contractor and they can help you decide.
All HVAC components have more longevity and more power than ever before. Proper installation, maintenance, and repairs are the best way to ensure your HVAC system provides lasting comfort in your home or office.
Repair or Replace Your Unit?
All of the sudden you’re sweltering in the summer, shivering in the winter, all while your energy bills are rising. If you find yourself constantly trying to adjust the thermostat to stay comfortable, or feeling like the air around you is stuffy or damp, it might be time for a new HVAC system.
In order to keep your HVAC system running efficiently, it’s important to have it regularly checked and have routine maintenance performed on them at least once a year. This helps to prolong the life of the system. This helps to catch small problems early on before they become major repairs.
If you notice your system having issues, it can be difficult to determine whether to foot a repair bill and hope for the best, or take out the entire system and upgrade to peace of mind. Deciding whether to repair or replace your heating and cooling system depends on several factors.
- Age: Air conditioners last about 10 years, while a furnace lifespan is closer to 15 or even 20. This means you can replace one before the other, but if your system is getting older, you can expect more maintenance in the future and eventually, a completely new HVAC installation.
- Cost of repairs: If your repair costs more than 50% of the price of a new unit, it’s time to replace. This also gives you the opportunity to update your system for better efficiency and newer technology that can save you money over time.
- Rebates and Credits: There are often incentive programs for upgrading your current HVAC units. Some local utility companies offer rebates and credits, as well as a federal tax credit available for a new HVAC installation.
A professional HVAC contractor can help you understand your system better and review each of these factors, as well as explain them to you, to make the best decision about repairs vs. replacement for your home or business.
A Typical Day for an HVAC Installer
A brand-new HVAC system installation is a job best performed by an HVAC contractor. Because of the controls, parts, and details involved, it’s not necessarily a DIY project for any homeowner.
An HVAC installer spends his day installing new equipment and systems in homes and small businesses around his or her service area. Special attention is given to laying out and connecting electrical wiring between controls and equipment to ensure the system works as it should. HVAC contractors are also responsible for inspecting and testing systems to verify compliance with plans and specifications.
If you aren’t quite ready for a full HVAC installation, your HVAC contractor can also help by servicing your current unit to detect and locate the malfunction. Oftentimes, systems that are not old enough to be replaced need only basic service and maintenance such as replacing or repairing worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
New HVAC System Warranties
We work with skilled HVAC contractors who are licensed and certified to give you quality service and products you can count on. My Trusted Contractor partners with York and Plumbers Supply Co. to provide the same warranties for every HVAC. As a York Authorized dealer, we can provide you peace of mind through our industry-leading warranty protection.
- LifeTime Limited Warranty: All YORK® gas furnaces get a Lifetime Heat Exchanger Limited Warranty, and YORK® Affinity™ Series split system air conditioners and heat pumps receive Lifetime Compressor Limited Warranties.
- 1 -Year Labor Limited Warranty: Our Labor Limited Warranty gives you peace of mind knowing your HVAC contractor will get the job done right. If your home comfort system is delivered and does not function, there’s no need to worry, because the repair will be covered at no charge – including the cost of labor performed by your HVAC contractor. Some extended labor warranties are available on qualified purchases.
- 10-Year Parts Limited Warranty: Most residential, single-phase products (including gas furnaces, split system, and packaged heat pumps and air conditioners) are backed by a 10-year Limited Warranty.
- Complete Assurance™ Limited Warranty Pledge: If the heat exchanger fails within 5 years of installation on LX models or 10 years of installation on premium models, we provide optional furnace replacement in lieu of a heat exchanger replacement.
Why Hire an HVAC Professional?
In a world of DIY and fixer-uppers, it may seem tempting to tackle your HVAC installation yourself. Before you grab your toolbelt, it’s important to consider the type of repair or installation that’s necessary. A qualified professional on your side can provide several benefits you just can’t find on YouTube.
- Training: A professional, certified HVAC technician has been through a lot of training. In addition to required exams and certifications, they are continuously learning about new ways to keep your system functioning properly.
- Complexity: Today’s appliances often include complex computer systems and motherboards that require the expertise of a professional to navigate, replace and repair.
- Cost: Too many homeowners attempt to replace or repair their HVAC system on their own and end up creating additional problems. Trying to handle your HVAC problems without the necessary training may leave your system in worse condition and can lead to expensive problems down the road.
- Ongoing Maintenance: A professional can actually avoid potential problems by addressing current problems easily and maintaining an adequate record that keeps your system in good condition.
- Time: Because of their experience, they are able to finish tasks as quickly as possible, meaning less hassle, time, and money in the long run.
- Safety: Your HVAC system may include sensitive parts like motors, flame sensors, refrigerants, and other products that require special care. A certified HVAC contractor has the training and experience to handle these areas safely without putting you or your family in harm’s way.
HVAC installation in a new or existing home can provide huge relief to you and your family. Now your family is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and you don’t have to dread opening the power bill each month.
HVAC systems today are both intricate and expensive, that’s why it is best to use a qualified and certified professional for installation, maintenance, and repairs. If you’re ready for a new HVAC system or want to explore your options, let us pair you with the right contractor for the job.