Should you repair or replace your heating & cooling system?

Your heating and cooling system is put to the test every year when the cold weather hits. Then when the summer starts in, it works hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. If your heating and cooling system is older and you’re wondering if you should repair or fully replace it, here are some tips.

Tip #1: Don’t wait for your heating and cooling system to break down.
Whether it happens in the next few weeks or when the hot days of summer are upon us, your outdated HVAC system isn’t built to last forever. Once it breaks down, you’ll be left in a lurch, trying to find help to get it repaired or replaced and this can be stressful. A broken down system could also be a safety hazard. Furthermore, when your system is broken and you are forced to replace it, you may not have time to research your options and find the best system within your budget. This can add another level of frustration or stress to the process.

Tip #2: Add up the cost of repairs.
Have you had your system repaired often in the last few months or years? It’s likely that the cost of those repairs is adding up quickly and over time, you’ll need to weigh if it’s worth the cost of continual repairs versus biting the bullet and just replacing the whole system.

Tip #3: Start researching.
If your system is 15 years old or more, it’s likely that a full replacement is needed. If you replace your unit before it breaks down, you’ll have time to do your research and read up on the various heating systems that are available right now. We are proud to carry a variety of affordable systems that will keep you comfortable in the upcoming months and years.

Not sure which one is right for your home? We’re happy to come take a look at your home or office and assess what system would work best for the space and most importantly, your budget guidelines. Our experienced team is well-versed in a variety of heating and cooling systems. This year, there are a variety of tax credits, utility incentives and manufactured rebates that can help offset the cost.  In addition, we have a wide range of financing options available if you need it. With the right unit in place, you’ll be ready for a more comfortable, more enjoyable seasons in the years ahead.

10 HVAC Terms You Should Know

 

The HVAC industry has a lot of different terms that can be confusing if you don’t know what they mean. As a homeowner, there are some HVAC terms you should know. Here are the top 10.

  1. HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor)
    This is a term used to measure the efficiency of air source heat pumps and many times, air conditioners are rated by the HSPF. The higher the HSPF rating on a unit, the more energy efficient it is.
  2. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)
    This term is used to rate the efficiency of air conditioners. The rating of the unit is calculated by the cooling output during a cooling season divided by the total electrical energy input during that season. The higher the unit is rated, the more energy efficient it is.
  3. MERV
    This stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is a measurement scale used to rate the effectiveness of air filters. The ratings are from 1 to 16 and it’s primarily used to show the worst-case performance of a filter when dealing with harmful air particles that are captured. For example, a MERV 16 filter could capture more than 95% of the particles.
  4. HVAC
    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are used to offer comfort for users and help provide cleaner indoor air. The technology relies on mechanical engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.
  5. BTU
    The British Thermal Unit is a unit of heat that is part of the British Imperial unit system. It’s defined as the amount of heat that is needed to increase the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
  6. Ton
    A ton is the cooling capacity of an air conditioning system. One ton is equal to the amount of heat that is needed to melt one ton of ice in a 24-hour time span. An air conditioner that is one ton would be rated at 12,000 BTU per hour.
  7. CFM
    This stands for cubic feet per minute is a measurement used to show the velocity at which air flows in or out of an area. To measure how much a room needs for heating, you would multiply the room’s volume by the number of times the heated air gets changed hourly, then divide that number by 60 to get the amount of CFM that’s needed.
  8. Hybrid Heat
    A hybrid heat system responds to fluctuating temperatures and automatically adjusts to the most energy saving method available to heat or cool a home. This is often used as a fuel-saving alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems.
  9. Variable Speed
    This term refers to the furnace’s indoor blower motor that will move at different speeds to accurately control the flow of heated and cooled air around the home.
  10. Modulating
    Modulating furnaces reduce temperature variations and provide consistent indoor temperatures and quiet operations. They are also known to have a fuel efficiency rate up to 98% which means that the fuel is used more efficiently and you’ll see less energy costs associated with using it.

If you have additional questions on HVAC terms and what it means for you and your home, contact our experienced team of professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling today!