Many consumers are constantly looking for tips when thinking about replacing their HVAC systems. Each scenario is different, and it’s fun to think about the best (and least costly) ways of saving energy for each particular situation.
Here are some things to consider if your heating and cooling system needs replacement.
- Finding a good contractor is crucial. This doesn’t always mean, “who will do it for the cheapest?” A better installation can easily leave you more comfortable and paying lower energy bills. Your contractor will be the most versed on what will work for your home and particular climate.
- Once a contractor is selected ask them how you can lower your energy bills. Your contractor should evaluate your home to determine your needs and diagnose any current efficiency or comfort problems. Most consumers do not know that their current systems are too large for their home. Check to see if you can get a smaller system than your old one.
- Make sure to weigh out your factors to find out which system is best for you. Evaluate your home. Do you have a tall, skinny place like a townhouse? Are there rooms you barely ever use. Have you considered zoning? If you have electric resistance heat, a heat pump will almost certainly save you money. Furthermore, make sure with whatever system you get, to consider energy star equipment. In most climates it will save you money in the long run even if it costs more up front.
- Rebates are always good. There are Federal tax incentives on some types of units, and utilities, states and other energy efficiency programs often have direct cash incentives for more efficient equipment. These are more things your contractor can better aid you in.
- Don’t forget to set up a service contract. It will keep your investment running well. A new HVAC system is an expensive investment, like a car, and about a third of your energy bills each year depending on how well it’s working. Also don’t forget to professionally maintenance your equipment as its needed.
- Look past your HVAC system. Check that your walls, ceilings, and air ducts are not leaking into your garage or attic and that they are well insulated.
General tips to have you saving money in no time.