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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a New HVAC System
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Are you in need of a new air conditioning and heating system for your home? Don’t sweat it (pun intended), we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know in order to confidently purchase a new system! 

First things first, let’s define HVAC. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. More commonly know as your air conditioner and heater. This system is responsible for keeping your home comfortable year-round by controlling the temperature and air quality.

When it comes to purchasing a new HVAC system, there are a few main things to consider: 

  • Size does matter. You don’t want to purchase a system that is too small or too big for your home. An HVAC technician can help you determine the correct size for your home by performing a load calculation.  
  • Efficiency is key. Not only will a more efficient system save you money on energy bills, it is also better for the environment. Look for systems with high Energy Star ratings. 
  • Consider the climate. If you live in a hot and humid climate, you’ll want a system with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. If you live in a cooler climate, a system with a high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is important if you have a gas system or a high Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) if you have an electric heat pump system.  
  • Think about your budget. HVAC systems usually range in price from around $10,000 to $20,000. Determine your budget and look for systems that fit within that range and your needs. Most companies will offer payment options ranging from a discount for paying with cash (or check), monthly payments or financing options (more on that to come later).
  • Don’t skimp on installation. Proper installation is crucial for the efficiency and longevity of your new system. Make sure to hire a qualified and experienced HVAC technician for the job – probably not something you want to trust to “that guy” who thinks he could figure it out while watching a YouTube video! 
  • Warranty matters. Look for systems with good warranties that cover both parts and labor. A typical warranty for parts should be around 10 years. 

By considering these factors, you’ll be on your way  to confidently purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system that will keep your home comfortable for years to come. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for a job well done (and for keeping your cool during the process)! 

What type of HVAC system do I currently have in my home? 

When it comes to AC systems, there are two main types: heat pump (electric powered) or straight AC (gas powered). And, despite what some people may think, they do not actually create cold air. Instead, they work by moving heat from one place to another. In a heat pump system, a compressor circulates a refrigerant through a loop of coils. The coils on the outdoor unit release heat into the air, while the coils on the indoor unit absorb heat from the air. This process continues until the desired temperature is reached. A furnace system, on the other hand, works by heating air and circulating it through the house using a blower. So, when it comes to choosing an HVAC system, it really just depends on which type of heat you prefer: hot or cold. 

To determine the type of heating and air conditioning system you currently have in your home, you can do the following: 

  • Look at the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, will have a nameplate that lists the model and serial number of the system. This information can be used to determine the type of system you have and is usually located on the back of the unit near the piping that runs into the house.  
  • Look at the indoor unit. The indoor unit, also known as the evaporator, will also have a nameplate that lists the model and serial number of the system. This can usually be found inside the main removal panel. If there’s a flue pipe (circular metal piping) running from the unit to your roof, then you have a straight AC system (gas powered).  
  • Call the pros. An HVAC technician can come to your home and inspect your system to determine the type and age of your HVAC system. 

As for determining if you need to replace your system, there are a few signs to look for: 

  • Age. If your HVAC system is more than 10-15 years old, it may be time to consider replacement. The average AC lasts 10-12 years and the average furnace lasts 15-18 years.  
  • Efficiency. If your energy bills are increasing but your usage has not, it could be a sign that your system is losing efficiency and may need to be replaced. 
  • Repairs. If you find yourself constantly having to repair your HVAC system, it may be more cost-effective to replace it rather than continuing to make repairs. 
  • Comfort. If you are not comfortable in your home or certain rooms are too hot or cold, it could be a sign that your system is not functioning properly and may need to be replaced. 

After you’ve done your own fact finding, it would be best to consult with a professional HVAC technician to determine the condition of your system and whether or not it needs to be replaced. They can assess the system and provide recommendations based on their findings. 

What the heck does SEER mean and why should I care about it? 

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is a measure of how efficiently an air conditioning system uses energy. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. 

Imagine you have a bucket of ice water and a fan. The bucket represents the air conditioning system and the fan represents the heat in your home. When the fan blows on the bucket, the ice melts and the water gets warmer. The air conditioning system works by removing the heat from the air in your home and transferring it outside. 

Now, let’s say you have two buckets of ice water, but one bucket has a bigger hole in the bottom. The bucket with the bigger hole will lose more water (or in this case, heat) and will need to be refilled (or re-iced) more often. This means it is less efficient at removing heat from the air in your home. 

On the other hand, the bucket with the smaller hole will lose less water (or heat) and will not need to be refilled (or re-iced) as often. This means it is more efficient at removing heat from the air in your home. 

The SEER rating is like the size of the hole in the bottom of the bucket. The bigger the hole, the less efficient the system. The smaller the hole, the more efficient the system. 

So, when you are shopping for a new air conditioning system, you want to look for one with a high SEER rating. This means it will be more efficient at removing heat from your home, which can save you money on energy bills. 

There are two other fun acronyms when it comes to efficiency for HVAC systems: AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Just like SEER is the efficiency rating for air conditioners, AFUE and HSPF are the efficiency ratings for the heating side of your HVAC system. Why are there two of them you ask? Well, AFUE is the efficiency rating for a gas system and HSPF is the efficiency rating for an electric heat pump system. Another helpful analogy for why you should care about these is it’s similar to miles per gallon for your car. These are standard measurements for how efficiently your system converts energy from the fuel it uses (gas or electricity) into cozy warm air!  

What should a new air conditioner and heating system cost? 

The cost of a new HVAC system can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including the size of the system (tonnage), the efficiency rating, and the brand. On average, you can expect to pay between $8,000 and $14,000 for a new HVAC system. However, it is not uncommon to see prices outside of this range. 

You may notice that different brands or models will have different price points. It is important to shop around and compare prices from multiple sources to ensure you are getting the best deal to fit your needs and wants.  

Now, the age-old question: is it worth it to pay more for a higher-priced brand or model? The short answer is, it depends. While it is true that you get what you pay for, it is important to weigh the cost versus the benefits and value you’re wanting. A higher-priced system may have a longer warranty or be more energy efficient, which could save you money in the long run and provide a greater peace of mind. However, it is also important to consider your budget and choose a system that fits your needs and your wallet. 

In the end, it’s all about finding the right balance. You don’t need to break the bank on a new HVAC system, but you don’t want to skimp on quality either. Keep your cool and do your research before making a decision. 

Is having a warranty included in my new system really important? 

An HVAC warranty for labor and parts typically covers the cost of repairs or replacements for certain parts and components of the system that fail due to a manufacturing defect. This can include things like the compressor, evaporator coil, and condenser coil. 

The length and terms of the warranty will vary depending on the manufacturer and model of the air conditioner and heating system. Some warranties may only cover parts for a certain number of years, while others may cover both parts and labor for a longer period of time. It is important to carefully review the terms of the warranty before purchasing an HVAC system to ensure you understand what is covered and for how long. 

It is also worth noting that some warranties may have exclusions or limitations. For example, the warranty may not cover damages caused by improper installation or lack of maintenance. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule in order to keep the warranty valid. 

In general, an HVAC warranty for labor and parts can provide peace of mind and can save you money on costly repairs in the event that something goes wrong with your system. Be sure to keep a copy of the warranty in a safe place and refer to it if you ever need to make a claim. 

Is financing available for a new air conditioning and heating system? 

If you’re in need of a new HVAC system but the cost is giving you the chills (sorry, we had to), there are several financing options available to help make the purchase more manageable. 

  • Credit cards. If you have good credit, you may be able to finance the purchase of a new HVAC system with a credit card. Just be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully and make sure you understand any fees or interest rates that may apply. 
  • Personal loans. Another option is to take out a personal loan to cover the cost of the HVAC system. Personal loans are available from banks, credit unions, and online lenders, and they can have fixed or variable interest rates. 
  • Home equity loans. If you have equity in your home, you may be able to take out a home equity loan or line of credit to finance the purchase of a new HVAC system. This option may have a lower interest rate than a credit card or personal loan, but keep in mind that your home is used as collateral. 
  • Retail financing. Many HVAC retailers and contractors offer financing options for the purchase of a new system. These financing options may be through a third-party lender or may be offered in-house. It is important to compare the terms and conditions of these financing options to those offered by other lenders to ensure you are getting the best deal. 
  • Manufacturer financing. Some HVAC manufacturers offer financing options for the purchase of their products. These financing options may be available through a third-party lender or may be offered directly by the manufacturer. Be sure to compare the terms and conditions of these financing options to those offered by other lenders. 

In the end, it is important to choose a financing option that fits your budget and financial situation. Don’t let the cost of a new HVAC system get you all hot and bothered. Do your research and choose a financing option that works for you. 

How long does it take to get a new air conditioner and heating system installed? 

The installation of a new HVAC system in a home can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the complexity of the job and the size of the system. Here’s what the process typically entails: 

  • Preparation. The first step in the installation process is preparing the site. This may involve removing any existing HVAC equipment, sealing any holes or gaps in the ductwork, and installing any necessary electrical outlets or wiring. 
  • Installation. Next, the new HVAC system is installed. This involves setting the outdoor unit (condenser), installing the indoor unit (evaporator), and connecting the two units with refrigerant lines. There is also a little welding involved as the technician will weld the copper lines to both components of the system. The technician will then hook up a compressor to vacuum the refrigerant lines to ensure the refrigerant is ready to be put in. The technician will also install your thermostat if you purchased a new one as part of your installation. 
  • Testing and commissioning. Once the system is installed, the technician will perform a series of tests to ensure it is functioning properly. This may include testing the thermostat, checking for leaks in the refrigerant lines, and verifying that the system is cooling and heating properly. 
  • Cleanup. The final step in the installation process is cleaning up the work area. The technician should remove all debris and make sure the area is clean and tidy before leaving. 

Keep in mind that installing an HVAC system is a complex and technical process that requires the expertise of a trained and qualified technician. Don’t try to DIY it, folks! Leave it to the professionals and sit back, relax, and let them handle the heat (we couldn’t resist)! 

Do I need a new thermostat when I get a new HVAC system? 

Usually, the type of thermostat you have is all based on your preference. There are only a few types of HVAC systems that require a specific type of thermostat. Some of the higher end systems require a specific thermostat that may have from the same manufacturer as well. Other times the HVAC technician will make sure that there’s enough wires running from the system to the thermostat to support the type of thermostat you want.  

When it comes to thermostats, there are a few different types to choose from: 

  • Mechanical thermostats. These are the most basic and least expensive type of thermostats. They use a bimetallic strip to sense the temperature and turn the HVAC system on or off. They are simple to use and can be adjusted manually. 
  • Digital thermostats. Digital thermostats are more accurate than mechanical thermostats and offer more features and controls. They use an electronic sensor to measure the temperature and can be adjusted manually or programmed to maintain a consistent temperature. 
  • Smart thermostats. Smart thermostats are the most advanced type of thermostats. They can be controlled remotely using a smartphone or other device and can learn your heating and cooling preferences over time. Some models even have the ability to detect when you are away from home and adjust the temperature accordingly. 

So, which type of thermostat is best for your home? That depends on your needs and budget. If you are looking for a basic and inexpensive thermostat, a mechanical thermostat may be a good option. If you want more features and controls, a digital thermostat may be a better choice. And if you want the ultimate in convenience and control, a smart thermostat would be the way to go. 

There are many brands of thermostats available on the market, and the best one for your HVAC system will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Some popular brands of thermostats include: 

  • Honeywell. Honeywell is a well-known and trusted brand in the HVAC industry. They offer a wide range of thermostats, including mechanical, digital, and smart models. Many of their thermostats are user-friendly and have a variety of features and controls. 
  • Nest. Nest is a popular brand of smart thermostats. Their thermostats are known for their sleek design and ability to learn and adapt to your heating and cooling preferences over time. They also offer remote control and energy-saving features. 
  • Ecobee. Ecobee is another popular brand of smart thermostats. Their thermostats are known for their advanced features and ability to integrate with other smart home devices. They also offer energy-saving features and the ability to control your thermostat remotely using a smartphone or other device. 
  • Emerson. Emerson is a trusted brand in the HVAC industry and offers a wide range of thermostats, including mechanical, digital, and smart models. Their thermostats are known for their durability and reliability. 

Ultimately, the best brand of thermostat for your HVAC system will depend on your specific needs and budget. It is a good idea to do some research and compare the features and prices of different brands to find the one that is right for you. 

Are there easy ways to improve the air quality in my home? 

There are a few things you can do to help improve the air quality in your home: 

  • Use air purifiers. Air purifiers can help remove pollutants from the air, including allergens, dust, and smoke. Choose an air purifier that is appropriate for the size of your home and the type of pollutants you are trying to remove. Most HVAC companies sell and install air purification systems to improve air quality. 
  • Change the air filters regularly. The air filters in your HVAC system play a crucial role in maintaining good indoor air quality. Choose filters with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating to help capture a wider range of pollutants. Be sure to change your filters regularly to ensure they are working effectively. 
  • Ventilate. Proper ventilation is important for maintaining good indoor air quality. Make sure your HVAC system is equipped with sufficient ventilation to help remove pollutants from the air. Almost all homes are built with insufficient return air to the indoor unit. In many cases return air is recommended to be added to the existing system. 
  • Remove sources of pollution. If possible, try to remove sources of indoor air pollution from your home. This can include things like tobacco smoke, mold, pets, and household chemicals. 

By taking these steps, you can help improve the air quality in your home and create a healthier indoor environment. Don’t let poor air quality bring you down (or make you sick)! Take action to improve the air you breathe.  

Do my ducts need any work done to them with the install of a new system? 

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to your ductwork and vents: 

  • Size and layout. The size and layout of your ductwork will play a role in the efficiency of your HVAC system. Make sure the ducts are appropriately sized for the size of your home and the capacity of your HVAC system. 
  • Condition. Inspect your ductwork and vents for any visible signs of damage or wear and tear. If the ducts are in poor condition, they may need to be repaired or replaced before installing a new HVAC system. 
  • Insulation. Proper insulation of your ductwork can help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Consider adding insulation to your ducts to help maintain consistent temperatures and reduce energy costs. 
  • Leaks. Leaky ducts can lead to poor indoor air quality and decreased efficiency of your HVAC system. Have your ducts tested for leaks and seal any that are found. 

By considering these factors, you can help ensure that your new HVAC system is able to function at its best and provide optimal indoor comfort. Don’t let your ducts hold you back (or your energy bills skyrocket)! Take the time to assess the condition of your ductwork and make any necessary repairs or upgrades. 

How energy efficient is my home? 

There are a few ways you can determine the energy efficiency of your home in relation to your HVAC system: 

  • Check the SEER rating. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of your HVAC system is a measure of its energy efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. You can find the SEER rating on the EnergyGuide label of your HVAC system or in the owner’s manual. 
  • Monitor your energy bills. Keep track of your energy bills over time and pay attention to any changes. If you notice an increase in your energy costs, it may be a sign that your HVAC system is not operating as efficiently as it should. 
  • Conduct an energy audit. An energy audit is a thorough evaluation of your home’s energy efficiency. An energy auditor will assess your home’s energy use and identify any areas where you can save energy and reduce your energy costs. An energy audit can be a helpful way to determine the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and identify any areas for improvement. 

By following these steps, you can get a good idea of the energy efficiency of your home in relation to your HVAC system. Don’t let high energy bills freeze up your budget (yes, pun intended)! Take steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home and save money on energy costs. 

How do I know what HVAC company to trust? 

Choosing the right company to trust with your home can sometimes be hard. Asking friends or family who they’ve used is a good place to start. Doing a little research on the company can help as well. Here’s a few things to look for: 

  • Reputation. Look for a company with a good reputation in the community. You can ask for recommendations from friends and family, or check online reviews to get a sense of a company’s reputation. 
  • License and insurance. Make sure the company is licensed and insured. A licensed and insured company can provide added protection in case of any accidents or issues during the installation process. 
  • Experience. Consider a company with experience in installing the type of HVAC system you are considering. An experienced company may be better equipped to handle any potential issues that may arise during the installation process. 
  • Customer service. Look for a company with good customer service. You will likely be working with the company throughout the installation process, so it is important to choose a company that is responsive and easy to work with. You want to make sure they’ll actually answer when you call! 

Other reliable places to help with your search for the right HVAC company for you would be community forums (like Nextdoor or Facebook) or Google reviews.  

When reading reviews on Google, Facebook or Nextdoor it is important to keep in mind that those reviews are based on individuals’ experiences and may not always be fully representative of the company as a whole. Here are a few things to consider when looking through online reviews to choose an HVAC company: 

  • Look for a mix of positive and negative reviews. It is natural for a company to have some negative reviews, as not everyone will have the same experience. Look for a mix of positive and negative reviews to get a balanced view of the company. 
  • Pay attention to the details. Read through the reviews carefully and pay attention to the specific details provided. This can help you get a better understanding of the company’s strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Consider the source. Keep in mind that not all reviews may be genuine. Some may be fake or written by people with ulterior motives. Consider the source of the review and whether it seems trustworthy. 

Overall, online reviews can be a useful resource when choosing an HVAC company, but it is important to take them with a grain of salt and use them in combination with other sources of information. Don’t let a few bad reviews ruin your chances of finding a great HVAC company! Do your research and make an informed decision.  

What information should I be prepared with before I have an HVAC technician come quote me on a new system? 

A comfort survey is a process of evaluating the comfort level of your home and identifying any areas where improvements can be made. Here are a few steps you can take to conduct a comfort survey so you know what to tell the technician about your air conditioning and heating system: 

  • Make a list of any comfort issues you have noticed. Do certain rooms in your home feel too hot or too cold? Do you have drafts or hot spots? Make a list of any comfort issues you have noticed in your home. 
  • Evaluate the current HVAC system. Take a look at your current HVAC system and make note of its age, size, and efficiency rating. Consider whether the system is adequately meeting your comfort needs. 
  • Check for proper insulation and sealing. Proper insulation and sealing can help improve the energy efficiency of your home and make it more comfortable. Check for gaps or openings in your windows, doors, and walls, and consider adding insulation or sealing any gaps to help improve comfort. 
  • Assess your ventilation. Adequate ventilation is important for maintaining good indoor air quality. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and consider adding ventilation if needed. 
  • Consider your personal comfort preferences. Finally, take into account your personal comfort preferences. Do you prefer a cooler or a warmer environment? Do you have any health issues or sensitivities that may impact your comfort level? Consider these factors when evaluating the comfort of your home. 

By following these steps, you can conduct a thorough comfort survey of your home and identify any areas where improvements can be made. Don’t let discomfort ruin your relaxation time at home! Take the time to assess your comfort needs and make any necessary changes to ensure your home is a comfortable oasis. 

How many quotes should I get when looking to replace my HVAC system? 

It is generally a good idea to get estimates from multiple companies when looking to replace your HVAC system. This will help you compare prices and get a better understanding of the options available to you. How many estimates you should get will depend on your specific needs and budget, but a good rule of thumb is to get at least three estimates. 

When evaluating estimates, there are a few things to consider: 

  • Price. Of course, price is an important factor to consider when choosing an HVAC company. However, it is important to keep in mind that the lowest price may not always be the best option. Consider the overall value of the estimate, including the quality of the equipment and the level of service offered by the company installing the system. 
  • Equipment. Make sure the estimate includes all necessary equipment and materials, and compare the quality and efficiency of the equipment offered by different companies. 
  • Warranties. Be sure to review the warranties offered by each company. A longer warranty may provide added peace of mind and may be worth paying a little more for. You also want to make sure the company you choose will be able to honor those warranties. 

By considering these factors, you can help ensure that you are getting a good estimate and making an informed decision when choosing an HVAC company. Don’t let a poor estimate ruin your comfort (or your budget)! Take the time to evaluate your options and choose the company that is right for you. 

Is that really the price?  

HVAC systems can be expensive due to the cost of the equipment, installation, and ongoing maintenance and repair costs. However, investing in a high-quality HVAC system can provide long-term benefits, including improved comfort and energy savings. Don’t let a high price tag keep you from staying comfortable! Consider the long-term value of an HVAC system when making a decision. 

Here are a few reasons why HVAC systems can be expensive: 

  • The cost of the equipment. HVAC systems are complex pieces of equipment that require specialized materials and labor to manufacture. The cost of the equipment itself can be significant. 
  • The cost of installation. Installing an HVAC system can be a complex and time-consuming process that requires specialized skills and tools. The cost of installation can be a significant portion of the overall cost of an HVAC system. 
  • Energy efficiency. HVAC systems with higher efficiency ratings may be more expensive upfront, but they can save you money on energy costs in the long run. Investing in a more efficient system may be worth the additional cost in the long term. 
  • Maintenance and repair cost. HVAC systems require regular maintenance and may need repairs over time. These costs can add up and contribute to the overall cost of an HVAC system. 
  • The cost of keeping promises. You want to choose a company that you know will be around to help maintain your new system and help you if anything goes wrong. It costs money to run a good business – you don’t want to feel like you’re overpaying, but understanding that your peace of mind in choosing a reliable company is definitely worth something.  

If you receive multiple quotes for a new HVAC system and the prices are significantly different, it could be for a variety of reasons. Some possible reasons for the wide range in prices could include: 

  • Different equipment. The quotes may be for different types or brands of equipment. Different brands or models of HVAC systems can vary significantly in price. 
  • Different installation cost. The quotes may include different costs for installation. The cost of installation can vary based on factors such as the complexity of the job, the time required to complete it, and the cost of labor in the area. 
  • Different warranties. The quotes may include different warranties or guarantees. Some warranties may be more comprehensive than others, which can affect the overall cost of the HVAC system. 
  • Different financing options. The quotes may include different financing options. Financing options can have a significant impact on the overall cost of an HVAC system. 

It is important to carefully review the details of each quote to understand the differences in price.  

Here are a few other factors that could possibly impact the price of a new HVAC system: 

  • Seasonality. HVAC companies may offer seasonal promotions or discounts, so the time of year you purchase your system may impact the price. For example, you may be able to find better pricing during the off-season (fall or spring) rather than during the peak summer or winter months. This may not always be the case but is worth considering. Circumstances on when you need to replace a new system may be out of your control if you wait too long to replace your system – unless you don’t mind a broken system in the middle of July and like the smell of sweat.  
  • Demand. The demand for HVAC systems can also impact pricing. If the demand for systems is high, prices may be higher and you may have to wait if equipment isn’t available for the system you want. On the other hand, if the demand is low, you may be able to negotiate a better price. But the rule of thumb “you get what you pay for” is always worth considering.  
  • Manufacturer promotions. Manufacturers may offer promotions or discounts on their products from time to time. Keep an eye out for these promotions, as they may allow you to get a good deal on a new system. 
  • Competition. The level of competition in your area can also impact pricing. If there are a lot of HVAC companies in your area, they may be more competitive with their pricing in order to win your business. But please remember that a low price isn’t always the right price – you want to consider the type/brand of system and quality of the company that you’re working with. 

Ultimately, the best time to get the best price on a new HVAC system will depend on a variety of factors. It is a good idea to shop around and compare prices from multiple companies to ensure you are getting a good deal. Don’t let a high price tag put a damper on your comfort! Take the time to research your options and find the best price for your needs. 

Are there any tricks of the trade when looking to replace your air conditioning and heating system? 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking to replace your HVAC system: 

  • Shop around. Don’t just go with the first company you find. Take the time to shop around and compare prices, options and service quality from multiple companies to ensure you are getting the best deal. 
  • Get multiple estimates. As mentioned previously, it is a good idea to get estimates from multiple companies. This will help you compare prices and get a better understanding of the options available to you. 
  • Consider energy efficiency. An energy-efficient HVAC system can save you money on energy costs in the long run. Look for systems with high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings to help save on energy costs. 
  • Understand the terms of the contract. Make sure you fully understand the terms of the contract before signing anything. Review the scope of work, warranties, and guarantees to ensure you are getting the best deal. 
  • Trust. It’s important that you feel like you can trust the company you choose to keep the promises they make to you or trust that they’ll be around in 1, 5 or 10 years to honor the warranties they’re giving you.  

By following these tips, you can help ensure that you are making an informed decision when replacing your HVAC system. Don’t let a lack of knowledge hold you back! Take the time to research your options and make the best decision for your home and budget. 

What brands should I trust for a new HVAC system? 

In the world of HVAC systems, different brands can sometimes have a significant impact on price. It is not uncommon for there to be a wide range of pricing among different brands, similar to how there can be a wide range of pricing for different car brands. 

For example, a high-end luxury brand of HVAC system may be more expensive than a more budget-friendly brand, just as a luxury car brand may be more expensive than a budget-friendly car brand. However, it is important to keep in mind that price is not the only factor to consider when choosing an HVAC system or a car. Other factors such as quality, reliability, and energy efficiency may also be worth considering. 

Overall, it is important to do your research and consider a range of factors when choosing your new air conditioning and heating system, just as you would when choosing a car. Don’t let a brand name be the only factor in your decision! Take the time to evaluate your options and choose the HVAC system (or car) that is right for you and your budget. 

Some popular and trusted brands are: 

  • Carrier. Carrier is a well-known brand that offers a wide range of HVAC systems, including central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. They are known for their energy-efficient products and have a reputation for quality and reliability. In addition to their standard line of products, Carrier also offers a range of high-efficiency systems that can help homeowners save on energy costs. They also offer a variety of warranties and guarantees on their products, which can provide added peace of mind for homeowners. 
  • Bryant. Bryant is a well-known brand that offers a range of products, including central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. Bryant is known for their high-quality and energy-efficient products, and they have a reputation for excellent customer service. In addition to their standard line of products, Bryant also offers a range of high-efficiency systems that can help homeowners save on energy costs. They also offer a variety of warranties and guarantees on their products, which can provide added peace of mind for homeowners. 
  • Goodman. Goodman is a popular brand that offers a range of affordable HVAC systems, including central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. They have a reputation for quality products and good value for the price. They have a reputation for excellent customer service and offer a variety of warranties and guarantees on their products. 
  • Lennox. Lennox is another well-known brand that offers a range of HVAC systems, including central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. They are known for their high-efficiency products and have a reputation for excellent customer service. 
  • Trane. Trane is a trusted brand that offers a range of HVAC systems, including central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. They are known for their durable and reliable products and have a reputation for excellent customer service. 

Overall, there are many reputable brands of HVAC systems to choose from, and the most trusted brand for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Don’t let brand confusion hold you back! Take the time to research your options and choose the HVAC system that is right for you. 

What happens after my system has been installed? 

It’s great to hear that you’ve had your HVAC system installed! There are a few things you can do to ensure that your system is running efficiently and effectively: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the controls for your HVAC system. Make sure you know how to adjust the temperature and change the mode (heating, cooling, etc.) as needed. The installers should go over all this with you before they leave.  
  • Keep your HVAC system clean. Regularly replacing air filters and keeping the area around your system clean will help it run more efficiently. 
  • Schedule regular maintenance. It’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician perform routine maintenance on your system to ensure that it is running at its best. Most HVAC companies offer maintenance plans or club memberships – this usually gets you maintenance at a discounted rate and they help you remember to take care of your unit! 
  • Keep an eye on your energy bills. If you notice a sudden increase in your energy bills, it could be a sign that your HVAC system is not running efficiently. 
  • Know what to do if you have a problem. If you experience any issues with your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for help. 

Overall, it’s important to be proactive in maintaining your HVAC system to ensure that it runs efficiently and effectively for as long as possible. 

Feeling educated and confident? 

After reading all this you should be an expert on choosing a new air conditioning and heating system! But if being an armchair expert isn’t enough for you, give us a call. We offer free in-home visits to quote you on a new system and would be happy to help!

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AC temperature differential… what the heck does that mean?!
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Have you ever wondered how an AC unit actually works? There’s not a cold air fairy sitting in the unit blowing cold air into your home…sorry.

Watch and learn as Jordon explains how hot air is converted into not-so-hot air and why you should understand the basics around temperature differential to know if your AC is working properly on a hot day:

If you’d like to have one of our HVAC techs come service your AC unit in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can give us a call at 940-242-3456 or book online now by clicking here.

 

Bart’s Featured in Living Magazine
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Living Magazine Texas profiled our owners and how Bart’s puts their customers and community first in their May issue.

Living did a great job covering who we are as a company and what is important to us. They covered our three F’s – Fun, Forward Thinking and Philanthropy! 🤣
Here’s a link to a digital copy of the magazine: https://bit.ly/38gWluV
You can download a PDF of our article here: Bart’s Heating and Air Living Magazine

 

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How to properly spray down/clean your outside AC unit
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Did you know you should clean the outside of your air conditioning unit? Give it a good ole spray down twice a year to improve performance. We recommend you follow the steps in the video twice a year – towards the end of spring, before the AC unit keeps you cool throughout the summer, and towards the end of fall, before it gets cold and you turn the heat on. Keep it fresh, keep it clean!

Check out Jordon’s tips you can easily do to clean your home’s unit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBwBOu9iHXU
  • Use your hose and make sure water pressure is not too high as you don’t want to bend the aluminum coil fins
  • Spray water the same direction the hail guards (the grill looking thing) are going to maximize the amount of water hitting the coil (going the opposite direction just makes it splash you!)
  • If the AC unit is on (which is ok), don’t directly spray down on the fan blade – keep water directed on the sides
  • Just like cleaning behind your ears, don’t forget to clean the backside of your unit

If you’d like to have one of our HVAC techs come service your AC unit in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can give us a call at 940-242-3456 or book online now by clicking here.

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