Investing in a new central air conditioning system for your Huntingdon Valley, PA home or business can be intimidating for anyone. HVAC Philly, who have been providing reliable, excellent air conditioning repair, maintenance and installation for over 20 years, provides some helpful questions you should ask yourself before investing. What should you consider before making the purchase?
Do you currently have existing ductwork?
If you are replacing an existing air conditioning system or adding air conditioning to a forced hot air furnace, you will already have the proper ductwork. Keep in mind, however, that it is still advisable to have one of HVAC Philly’s professional technicians look over the ductworks condition and size before scheduling an air conditioning installation.
Are there certain criteria I should be looking for in an HVAC professional?
Truthfully, it has been said by experts in the HVAC field that there is not a lot separating the highest quality central air conditioning equipment from the lowest. With that said, there is a significant difference between the highest quality AC installers and those that are less-qualified. That causes a real distinction in customer satisfaction and future issues with an improperly installed air conditioning system. Do your diligence and seek referrals from neighbors, family, and friends. When you find a contractor, be sure to have all the questions you want to ask them ready. Ask them if they will perform the necessary load calculations to ensure that your home is being sized properly. These calculations will provide a detailed analysis of cooling needs. An insured contractor and properly certified technicians are top of the list.
Do I have different options, and if so what are they?
There is a possibility that you may not be able to install ductwork in some areas of your home due to the construction and aesthetics. In those circumstances, you may want to consider a ductless split system. Ductless systems are made up of a small unit that mounts onto the interior wall of the space you are trying to cool, and an outdoor unit connected by refrigeration pipes. Common areas are sunrooms, rooms with cathedral ceilings, rooms above garages and additions.
Will my HVAC contractor help me decide on the proper efficiency level?
The efficiency is simply how much cooling the unit delivers for each watt of electricity. Efficiency is expressed as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The minimum SEER for a split system central air conditioner allowed today is 13, so look for units with SEER ratings of 13 or greater. The higher the SEER, the more you can lower your energy costs. Contact us to speak with an expert who can help determine the best solution for your home.
Does my air conditioning system qualify for any rebates?
Rebates can vary by location and Power Company, but when available, can help lower the cost of a new central air conditioning system. Your HVAC professional will know which systems qualify for rebates, or you can check to see which rebates are currently available.
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