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Installation of a New or Used HVAC System

Furnaces

At the center of your home, or at least in theory, is a state of the art air conditioning system. If it is not there however, then you are sincerely missing something – something that you absolutely need. That being said, have you ever considered the installation of a brand new system? Have you ever thought about the consequences of not doing so? Let’s say for this example that you are installing a new or used furnace system in an older home. There are actually a few things that you will want to take into consideration, namely how efficient the unit is going to be once it is properly installed.

When you are browsing a company website for new furnaces, or even used ones, you will notice one thing they all have in common: they don’t seem to have prices. Well, that’s a little odd considering that the company should know the price. Is this some kind of cruel trick? Actually no, it is not. They simply do not want to quote you a price that they cannot follow through on. But wait, why wouldn’t they be able to follow through? That seems  a bit silly! The truth is, they haven’t seen your home and with almost any installation there are going to be extra costs that you did not anticipate. For example have you considered the efficiency of your electrical system? If you are still using knob and tube(are you?) then you will run into serious efficiency problems and with that being the case, you will find that your units cost more to run in the long run than they did to install. THAT is going to be a problem, and when a professional contractor performs services they will want to ensure the wiring is up to code. A full rewiring of your system could cost more than the air conditioner itself but the difference will be apparent on your electric bill, and you will be paid back several dozen times over during the years.

Ductwork Questions

So what about the duct work? How can you ensure that it is up to code? First of all, you will want to obtain the services of a professional contractor to take a look at the system and see if there are any leaks to be found. If there are, they will either need to be fixed, or the duct work will need to be replaced. Similarly, you will need replacement duct work if the vents are not where you want them to be within your home. For example, are you putting a couch over your vent? There is something to be for warming up your couch but it is not very efficient in the long run. If you find yourself doing this then you might want to simply move the couch, or move the vent, whichever seems more reasonable at the time. Later on you might question your definition of ‘reasonable’, but that is another discussion for another time.

Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that you use residential ductwork rather than industrial ductwork to cut costs and promote efficiency throughout your home. There are some who will use industrial ductwork in an initial build simply because it is what they could get their hands on, but during a professional install, this should not even be a consideration.

No matter what type of furnace unit you are buying, the contractor will want to make sure that the unit works as advertised. If they fail to do so, this could cause serious discrepancies in the price, though when the end comes, you will find that the money you have spent is well worth it, especially when you discover how much money you have ultimately saved on your monthly bill.

If you are ready to embark on the journey of efficiency, make sure that you arrange for an installation that will address both the placement of the furnace unit as well as the placement of newer and more efficient designs within your home. For example you may need to replace the windows, or even the blinds to promote greater energy conservation. In addition to that you will want to check your insulation  and make sure it is up to code. Before you know it, you will find that your HVAC installation exceeds expectations and saves you money. This is especially true if you go with a high end company that knows precisely what it is they are doing. The future of your home is in your hands; make sure the hands you pass it to know what they are doing.

 

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