Getting HVAC quotes from a contracting company can help you select the right system. Whenever homeowners decide to replace or upgrade a system, lots of questions arise, but with your HVAC quotes in hand, you can ask about the system’s components to select the right one. Here are just a few questions you can ask:
Are alternative fuel sources possible? One alternative energy system that’s earning well-deserved praise is geothermal. For Connecticut homes, they are ideal because our state’s soil is conducive to laying the underground pipes necessary for geothermal. Geothermal also gets great efficiency results, because the part of the system that generates energy is free: the pipes underground collect energy from the ground’s relatively even temperature and transfer that to the home. Geothermal systems are usually combined with heat pumps to distribute the air, which also operate on the transfer method and are highly efficient.
What’s the best efficiency I can get for an A/C? Air-conditioner efficiency is based on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This rating shows consumers how much electricity the system uses to convert hot air into cold air. Higher efficiency systems begin at SEER 16 and go all the way up to SEER 23. The higher the SEER, the better the efficiency of the system.
What components of an A/C create more energy savings? Advancements in cooling technology has increased the efficiency of several components of an air-conditioning system, such as a variable-speed air handler, two-stage compressors, high-efficiency fan motors, automatic thermal expansion valves (TXV), and better refrigerants, such as R-410A.
Are there other components in my home that will affect the A/Cs energy savings? Other areas in your home can detract from the A/C’s efficiency. A lack of insulation, air leaks and leaky ductwork allow cool air to escape out of the home – and that’s conditioned air you’re paying for.
When upgrading, ask about alternative equipment, efficiency and components to select an A/C that suits your home’s design, budget and comfort level. Contact Glasco for an in-home estimate. Our experts are happy to consult on your decision to upgrade.
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