If your heater or air conditioner is more than a decade old, replacing it with a more efficient model will help you save money on the utility bills for your Sand Key, Florida, home. A new HVAC system can also improve your indoor air quality, reduce indoor noise levels, and help prevent inconvenient expensive breakdowns. There are many options available, including heat pumps, ductless systems, and packaged systems. When you choose a new HVAC system, think about size, efficiency, installation costs, and the available features.
If your HVAC system is too big for your home, it will be less efficient. It will cycle on and off frequently, wasting energy and causing wear and tear. You’ll also have to pay more for the system and listen to it turning on and off repeatedly. If your heater, air conditioner, or heat pump is too small, overworked components could fail. You and your family could also have trouble keeping your home at a comfortable temperature.
To prevent these problems, contact the experienced HVAC professionals at Advanced Cooling Systems for a load calculation. An expert will use a mathematical formula to find the best size for your next HVAC system. This formula considers variables like the quality of your insulation, the amount of shade on your property, the climate, the number of floors in your home, its square footage, and the number of windows and doors.
You should look for an HVAC system with a high efficiency rating. Some models can even qualify for refunds and tax credits from the government. If you’re looking for a new furnace, consider the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This is the amount of heat created for every 100 BTUs of fuel. One BTU, or British thermal unit, is equal to the energy needed to change the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. A furnace that can create 90 BTUs of heat with 100 BTUs of fuel has 90 percent AFUE.
Heat pumps and air conditioners use the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) to measure performance. This is similar to the AFUE, but it’s the ratio of heat removal to energy consumption for a cooling season. The rating for a heat pump during the winter is called the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). More efficient systems are usually more expensive, but you’ll get your investment back through energy savings. An efficient HVAC system can also increase the value of your home.
Central air conditioners and heat pumps have both an outdoor unit and an indoor unit with ductwork running throughout the house. If you’re adding new rooms to your home, or if your ductwork is in poor condition, consider a ductless system.
Ductless units have one or more indoor units connected to an outdoor unit with a small conduit. There’s no need to design and build a duct system since each room or area has its own unit. Packaged systems with both heating and cooling functions in one container are even less expensive to install. They can fit on your roof or in your yard.
Additional features and accessories for your HVAC system can keep you and your family more comfortable and make your lives easier. A multistage or variable-speed fan has several speed settings. That way, it won’t always have to run at full speed, and you can minimize temperature fluctuations. Since these systems usually run longer, they also dehumidify your home’s air more. This makes you feel cooler and helps prevent biological growth.
With a programmable thermostat, you can use zoning to set separate temperatures for different rooms or zones. Some programmable thermostats have remotes or the ability to connect to your smartphone as well.
Advanced Cooling Systems is a Trane Comfort Specialist, and we have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We can help you choose, install, and care for the best HVAC system for you and your family. Call us anytime at (727) 213-5888 for honest prices and exceptional service from our experienced, friendly technicians.
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