Common HVAC Questions and Concerns
How do I Know Which HVAC System is Right for my Home?
There are certainly plenty of options out there when it comes to home heating and cooling systems. Deciding which one is right for your home depends largely on where you live, what kind of fuel is available in your area or appropriate for your home, your budget, your energy usage and the age of your property. A qualified HVAC technician can help determine the right system for you.
What Size System do I Need?
It is important to properly size an HVAC system to your home in order to get the most energy and operating cost savings. A unit that is too big can make it difficult to achieve comfortable temperatures inside the house, while a unit that is too small will struggle to keep up with demand and could end up costing you more. You will need accurate measurements of every space in the house; insulation levels in floors, ceilings and walls and the size, number and type of windows. Once you have these measurements, you can request a professional computerized load analysis that will determine how much heating and cooling your home requires, as well as how much air will have to flow through the ductwork.
Why is One Area of the House Always Hotter or Colder Than the Rest?
There is always one room that is freezing in the winter or blisteringly hot in the summer, no matter what you try to do. These hot or cold spots are usually caused by poor airflow. To improve the balance of your system, try increasing the fan speed on the furnace’s blower. This will ensure that the optimum amount of air is delivered to each register in your house, giving you more even heating and cooling for greater comfort. You should also make sure that doors and windows are properly sealed against drafts and that insulation is adequate to prevent warm or cool air loss.
Is it Better to Leave the Thermostat at a Constant Temperature or to Adjust it When Nobody is Home?
Whenever you set the thermostat back, higher in the summer, lower in the winter, you shorten the distance between the temperature outside and inside. Doing this reduces the load on your HVAC system so it does not have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable. This saves energy and cuts your utility costs, too. In fact, most experts suggest that you can save as much as 15% a year by turning your thermostat back. To make these adjustments even easier, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. With customizable settings, it is easy to design a system that will automatically turn your thermostat up or down, depending on your needs.
I’m Having a New Air Conditioner Installed. Do I Need to Make Sure the Cooling Coil is Changed?
It is often overlooked, but the cooling coil, also called the A-coil, should always be changed when an air conditioning unit is replaced. It is possible to lose as much as 35% of a new unit’s efficiency if an old cooling coil is used. Many high SEER rated HVAC system manufacturers actually require the use of a new coil in order for the unit to qualify for the standard.
Contact Horizon Services
So, are you ready to install or replace a heater or air conditioner? Our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists knows heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.