There are few things more important than being comfortable in both your home and your workplace. After all, those are the two locations in which people tend to spend most of their time! But if you don’t have the proper equipment or regulatory system already in place, you run more risks than those of a stuffy home or office.

That’s why Rich’s Heating and Air Conditioning believes in installing your HVAC system properly the first time, and then replacing old or malfunctioning parts quickly and efficiently. If installed incorrectly, the cost of fixing or replacing a complete HVAC system can end up being more than if you’d more time and money than if you’d invested in an experienced service provider from the start. So as you’re searching for the best professionals in your area, here are a few things to keep in mind about general HVAC installation and replacements. Every building will have different needs and considerations, but this should at least help you narrow down your options and understand what you’ll need to go over with your choice in heating and air conditioning company.

What Kind Of HVAC System Is Right For You?

You’ve already made a sound decision for your home or business by choosing to move forward with improving the air quality and comfort of your space, and anyone who comes by – client, family member, or friend – will certainly appreciate it! But how do you know what kind of system you need?

A lot of your initial choices will depend on the size of your building and how hard you’ll need your HVAC system to work in order to regulate air quality. Take a moment and compile details like square footage and any current systems you already have in place in your building. The square footage is actually what will indicate the tonnage coverage you need when you have your HVAC system installed. Your professional contractor will have a more accurate idea based on his or her measurements, but starting with an estimate will help avoid any deficiency issues or extra costs that can come with having too large or too small a unit.

Understanding HVAC Efficiency Ratings

When it comes to the efficiency of your HVAC unit, there are a few concepts you’ll want to familiarize yourself with. Mainly, though, you’ll want to start by learning about both the Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER).

The HSPF rating determines the overall efficiency of a heat pump mechanism. All new heat pumps must have a minimum rating of 7.7 on this scale in order to be considered for new HVAC and systemic installations.

Conversely, the SEER rating describes the efficiency of a given cooling system. The current approved rating for all new systems is a minimum of no less than 14.

So why do you need to know these? HVAC units with higher HSPF and SEER ratings generally cost more than other models, but will yield a better return on your investment over time thanks to a more efficient process.


HVAC Installation Process

If you’re getting a new HVAC unit, or perhaps having one installed for the first time, the procedure may seem daunting. But, there are a few things you can do in order to be prepared, and steps you can use to benchmark the professional’s progress.

Before your chosen contractor arrives, you can help the installation or replacement process by clearing any valuables or furniture away from the area in which he or she will mainly be working. If this is a residential project, remove your pets to another room in your house to keep them from getting caught up in the work area. Your contractor shouldn’t need more than a day to complete the job, and once the section of your home or office has been assessed, the crew will dive in and begin.

You can expect to see the crew take protective measures like laying out drop cloths or paper coverings where most of the work will take place. This is to keep excess dust or debris from littering the floor, as your furniture and valuables should already be stored elsewhere. If for some reason they can’t be, you can ask your contractor to cover them as well.

During the replacement or installation process, be prepared to show the crew where to access areas like the attic, crawl spaces, and basements, as these typically house the functioning parts of the HVAC system. After making sure power has been cut to any existing unit and removing any refrigerant from the air conditioning system, the crew will strip out any old equipment and scope out potential duct repairs. Depending on which unit you and your contractor decided to go with, you may also need to be prepared for both indoor and outdoor installation work.

Every project is different, so keep in mind that that means you could be facing some minor extensions along the way. But, with a quality company like Rich’s Heating and Air Conditioning on your side, any wiring or circuit upgrades will be discussed and approved beforehand, leaving you with the best possible results. To get started, contact us today!

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