Central heating and air conditioning make our lives in Clearwater Beach, Florida, more comfortable. But having a consistent, even flow of cool or warm air when you need it isn’t something to take lightly. HVAC systems do not last forever, and when the time arrives to replace an older HVAC system, you want to make sure your new system operates as energy efficiently as possible. When evaluating your choices of HVAC systems, you want to check for items such as the Energy Guide label, system compatibility with smart thermostats, and proper sizing for your home.
Read the Energy Guide Label
The Energy Guide label attached to HVAC equipment can provide valuable information related to your HVAC system’s operating efficiency. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rates the equipment’s operating efficiency compared with other models in its class. The higher the number within the range, the more energy efficient the system will run, and the less it will cost you on your home utility bills.
Note: You’re not looking for a specific number per say, but you are looking for a unit that scores well within its class, as determined by size and features.
Consider System Compatibility With Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats continue to prove their value with home comfort, automation, and energy efficiency. As their name suggests, you can control temperature settings on these types of thermostats through the convenience of a smartphone. Being able to adjust temperature settings in your home even when you’re not at home can allow you to heat and cool your living spaces more effectively without wasting energy by doing so.
When selecting a new HVAC system for your home, you’ll want to find out what type of smart thermostat will work with the HVAC system you’re considering.
Think About Proper Sizing for Your Home
Proper installation of your home’s HVAC system is essential if you want to reap the benefits of better-operating efficiency. A system that’s too large or too small for your home will only waste money and energy.
Before purchasing any piece of HVAC equipment, consult with our Advanced Cooling Systems professionals. Our team performs precise calculations by taking into account the unique layout structure of your home, such as the number of windows, square footage, the tightness of your home’s envelope, and other elements. This valuable data can allow us to help you select the properly sized HVAC system that can promote energy efficiency.
Understand the Scope of Different Types of Systems
All home HVAC systems are not manufactured equally. Today, many homes throughout the communities of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have a centralized HVAC system with a heat pump. Some systems are powered by electricity; others are powered by natural gas.
When selecting a new HVAC system, you need to also think about the architecture of your home. If your home was built during the 20th century, your home may not have the proper ductwork configurations required for a full-scale HVAC system replacement. In this case, a ductless mini-split unit that allows you to control temperatures in specific areas of your home may be the best option. If your home has tight quarters where space is at a premium, a packaged system that combines a single heating and cooling solution in one unit can be effective in configurations where homes only have a single cabinet with limited space for a split system.
Take HVAC Air Filters Into Consideration
Your HVAC system’s air filters are an important part of helping to promote the proper operating efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. These filters remove dust, debris, pollen, and other particulates from your indoor air. If you have allergies or are concerned about indoor air pollution, verify that the HVAC system you’re considering supports specialized air filter types such as media or electronic filters. Low-quality filters can impede the exchange of air, resulting in decreased energy efficiency and a shortened lifespan for the system.
Let the HVAC professionals of Advanced Cooling Systems help you identify an energy-efficient HVAC system that fits your lifestyle. Call us today at (727) 213-5888.
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