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HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. HVAC professionals can help you with one, two, or all three of these needs in your home.
"What is an HVAC system?"
An HVAC system includes: heating, ventilation, AND air conditioning. HVAC systems control temperature by heating or cooling the air that gets circulated throughout your home. HVAC systems also control humidity levels and overall air quality.
"Should I repair or replace my HVAC system?"
The decision to repair versus replace an HVAC system generally comes down to the age of the current system, and nature and extent of repairs needed. Here's a checklist of factors to consider…
Age of the System
If the system is more than 20 years old, consider replacing it. If it's less than 10 years old, try to get it repaired. Between 10 and 20 years old, it's going to come down to the cost of repair versus replacing the unit.
Repair Cost Versus Replacement Cost
An easy formula is this: if the system is less then 10-15 years old, appears to be in relatively good shape, and the cost of repair is less than 50% of the replacement cost, you are likely better off repairing the system, rather than replacing it. Also check to see if the purchase of a new, energy-efficient system affords you any local or federal tax credits.
HVAC capabilities evolve over time. Today's smart technologies offer improved heating and cooling efficiency, energy cost savings, and improved air quality. If your current system is outdated relative to what is available now, this could be a reason for you to consider replacement.
You may have determined that certain rooms or portions of rooms simply do not get the warm or cool air circulation they need, despite your best efforts. Or perhaps someone in your household has allergies to pollen or pets, and your current system isn't capable of filtering the air sufficiently well. These are all good reasons to consider the installation of a new HVAC system, or system supplement.
"How do I choose the right HVAC system for my home?"
Important decision factors when deciding on an HVAC system include:
The size and layout of the house, and other related factors including room locations and the amount of heating and/or air conditioning your family needs to feel comfortable. HVAC pros call this the "load" of your home. Your HVAC system should meet your needs, not exceed them.
Whether or not an existing HVAC system installed, and what components of that system are still usable.
Problems or concerns you have with your current HVAC system.
Any interest you have in new system components, e.g., radiant floor heating in your bathroom.
Homeowners with an already-installed central air system benefit from retaining a centralized approach, since a key part of the infrastructure is already in place – even if it requires some refurbishment, or needs to be supplemented in some rooms (e.g., with a ductless system ).
Ultimately your best bet is to consult with local professionals who can advise on the right system for you. HVAC contractors have extensive knowledge on different types of systems and options available. Also, choosing a local contractor means that you will have an HVAC system that is easily serviced when the need arises.
"Do HVAC systems affect overall air quality in my home?"
New HVAC systems can have a big impact on the air quality inside your home.
Indoor air typically has much higher concentrations of pollutants than outside air. HVAC systems help control the purity, humidity and temperature of indoor air – and even reduce or eliminate odors.
It's advisable to have HVAC systems serviced professionally at least once a year, to maintain the highest possible levels of air filtration and indoor air quality.
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