There are many things you should know if you’re a first homeowner or a seasonal homeowner looking to install an HVAC system. You should hire an expert with many years of experience and great reviews when choosing a furnace, heat pump or air conditioning system.
Your HVAC contractor will help you choose the right system for your home. This includes engineering modifications to existing mechanical systems. Below are some factors to consider when you’re considering installing an HVAC system, or if you want to make a decision about whether to repair or replace it.
Considerations for a New HVAC System
Heating Type, Size, and Capacity
You need to assess the cooling and heating capacities of your new HVAC system. Ask your contractor about the HVAC system’s reviews and whether it meets minimum requirements. Also, make sure that the HVAC system is correctly sized. The British Thermal Unit (or BTU) is a measure of heating system capacity. It is equivalent to the heat needed to heat one pound of water. The input capacity refers to the volume of gas burned, but does not include losses due to combustion. However, the output capacity is the amount that is produced. Be sure to know whether the BTU rating is input or output. Because they produce more heat, and thus have a lower input BTU rating, new units are more efficient. The BTU rating of a unit is generally higher than its heating capacity.
For the right capacity of your HVAC system, it is important to know how many cubic feet per minute (or CFM) air can pass through a fixed point per hour. Your HVAC contractor will be able to determine the right size, capacity, and type of HVAC system. Complex measurements, such as ACCA’s Manufal J requirements, are required to correctly size a unit. You will waste a lot of energy and money if you order too big. If you order too little, you’ll be working your HVAC system harder than necessary and not being comfortable with the temperature in your home.
If your Florence HVAC contractor attempts to size your new HVAC system based on the square footage only, he is not doing it right. Before sizing your new HVAC system, your HVAC contractor must inspect your entire home. They cannot just replace an existing system with one of a similar size.
The following information is relevant to cooling size, capacity, and type
Before you purchase an HVAC unit, make sure you know its capacity so you can choose the right air conditioner for you. The cooling capacity of air conditioners is measured in tons, not British Thermal Unit (BTU). It is important to choose a cooling capacity that suits your home’s needs. Talking to an experienced HVAC contractor will help you find the right air conditioner for your home.
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