Important HVAC Features For Your New Home
Are you on the hunt for a new home? Have you considered what type of HVAC system will work best for you? You may be surprised to learn that the HVAC system is the one thing that homeowners are most dissatisfied with once they’ve spent some time in their new home. That’s why we’ve outlined some important HVAC features for your new home here. Take a look at the following:
Type and Design of Ductwork
For a home to be comfortable, ducts must be sized properly, as well as balanced. Externally insulated round ducts tend to be most efficient.
New federal law requires refrigerant R-22 to be phased out beginning in 2015. Today, HVAC professionals encourage homeowners to opt for the environmentally friendly refrigerant, R-410A as a reasonable alternative.
Balance Dampers inside the Ductwork
To prevent excess noise and inconvenience when it comes to adjusting heating and cooling in your home, it’s best to have balance dampers installed a reasonable distance from diffusers in the ductwork.
Location, Location, Location! (Indoor and Outdoor Units)
When it comes to placement of indoor units, furnaces mounted in closets on floor level are easier to service and less likely to cause leaks and water damage. Keep in mind that attic mounted units will likely leak over time, causing ceiling damage.
On the other hand, it’s important to think about aesthetics and noise levels when it comes to the location of the outdoor unit. A good rule of thumb is to have outdoor units placed where they cannot be seen or heard.
When you think of efficiency, chances are, you’re seeing dollar signs. In essence, the lower the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), the lower the utility bill. An air conditioning unit of 20 SEER, for example, will cost half as much as units meeting the minimal SEER requirement, which is 10.
Air Filter Location
HVAC professionals recommend replacing air filters every 3-4 months. Thus, it’s important that air filters are located where homeowners can easily reach them.
Family-owned and operated, the dedicated professionals at ClimateSmith, LLC, are your heating and cooling specialists. We want your HVAC system to have the best features possible, so that you can live in a comfortable climate controlled environment. For quality HVAC service or advice from our experts, Call ClimateSmith, LLC, today.
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