Replacing your HVAC can be a big decision. It is definitely classified as one of those needed purchases, but not the purchase you necessarily want to make. If you have come to the conclusion that you need an HVAC replacement, we have got some tips for you to make the process go smoothly. Here are some things that you can do before and during to make your HVAC replacement a breeze.
Tip #1: Estimate your HVAC replacement costs
Before you start on a replacement, you should schedule an appointment with your local HVAC company and get an estimate on costs. During an estimate, your HVAC professional will measure the square footage of your property and perform calculations based on your area’s climate, property size and condition. Once the calculations are over, your HVAC tech will recommend what size and type of HVAC will be most suitable for your home.
Tip #2: Things you should know about replacements
If you think you only need to replace the HVAC compressor or the air handler, you thought wrong. It is recommended to replace the entire system, even if it’s only one part of your system malfunctioning. Replacing the entire system means spending more money up front, but also means your system will maintain efficiency, which will save you money later on.
Tip #3: Calculate the correct system size
Calculating the system size is very important. You don’t want to get a system that is too large or too small for your home. If you get the wrong size, it can lead to your system not being energy efficient which results in higher utility bills. You will also want to consider the weather, to make sure that your system can handle the different temperatures in your area. A qualified HVAC contractor will be able to calculate all of these components in an estimate, but here is a chart to give you an idea of what HVAC size you should be shooting for.
1.5 tons – 600 to 1100 sq. ft.
2.0 tons – 901 to 1400 sq. ft.
2.5 tons – 1201 to 1650 sq. ft.
3.0 tons – 1501 to 2100 sq. ft.
3.5 tons – 1801-2300 sq. ft.
4.0 tons – 2101 to 2700 sq. ft.
5.0 tons – 2401 to 3300 sq. ft.
Tip #4: Getting ready for your HVAC replacement appointment
Now that you have a completed estimate and you have chosen a new system and contractor you are ready to move forward with the installation. There are a lot of things you can do before the contractors arrive at your home that can speed up the process. Many contractors are uncomfortable when asked to move expensive items from the work area. Make sure the work area is cleared out to avoid any issues or accidents. It is also a good idea to keep your pets away from the work area by keeping them in a safe and quiet location your contractors and your pets will thank you later for it!
Tip #5: How long should I expect a replacement to take?
Most HVAC systems can easily be replaced within a day, but there are some circumstances where it could go into the next day.
Tip #6: Getting your area ready for a new system
Your HVAC crew will protect all flooring if applicable and work areas by placing cloths or protective paper around the area. They will also move furniture and other household belongings that are near the work area to a safe location. Other household items that can’t be moved will be covered with plastic for protection against dust and other particles.
Tip #7 Testing the new system!
Your HVAC professional will test the system when it is completely installed to ensure that all components are working properly. After testing is complete, your HVAC professional should go over the new system and warranty information with you, as well as answer any questions that you may have.
If you need an HVAC inspection, call 72 Degrees today. We would be happy to help with any of your heating and cooling needs. You can call us at 515-965-7272.