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What You Should Know When Buying a Central HVAC Unit

Has your central air conditioning unit started to give you signs that it may be near the end of its days? Maybe you’ve noticed some strange sounds, odd smells, or just an overall lack of cool air. The average lifespan of most HVAC systems is an average of 10 to 14 years. While your HVAC unit may still have some life left, you’ll likely need to purchase a new one at some point in the future.

HVAC units are a big-ticket items with a range of features that can make purchasing one feel daunting. Luckily, we’re always here to help with recommendations and installation. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning to purchase a new HVAC unit.

The Right Size

Homeowners make one common mistake when it comes to choosing an AC unit: they often get one that’s too large – or small – to cool their home efficiently. It would be great if replacing your HVAC unit was as simple as swapping out the old one for an identical-sized unit, but that’s unfortunately not the case.

The best way to choose a unit that will fit your cooling needs is to have one of our technicians come out and perform a load calculation. This will determine the size of the HVAC unit you’ll need to have optimal cooling for your home. The load calculation also helps us determine the amount and size of air ducts that your existing system has and whether they’re working properly.

Energy Efficiency

Buying A Central HVAC Unit

Another important factor to consider is choosing a new unit with the highest possible Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is the measurement of the amount of energy that’s needed to deliver the right amount of cooling. All AC models sold in the U.S. are required to have a SEER of at least 13; a SEER of 14 to 25.5 would be considered a high-efficiency model. Since it gets hot and humid here in the summer and you’ll likely be running your AC a lot, it’s best to choose a unit with the highest SEER you can afford. Keep in mind that all Energy Star-rated units do qualify for a federal income tax credit.

Compressor Type

By far the most important and expensive component of a central HVAC unit is the outdoor unit with the compressor. The compressor is the heart of your system that heats or cools your home through compressing the refrigerant gas.

There are three types of compressors: single-stage, two-stage, and variable capacity.

Single-stage compressors only run on a single, high speed. They turn on when the indoor temperature exceeds the temperature setting on your thermostat, then operate at 100% capacity. Once the temperature has dropped down to the desired setting, it will turn off. Since the unit is working on full blast, it can result in higher electricity bills.

Two-stage (also called dual stage) compressors operate at two speeds: high – 2/3 capacity and low – 1/3 capacity. Two-stage compressors will cycle from high to low depending on your cooling needs. Typically, they run on low, which results in more consistent temperatures in the home as well as lower electric bills.

Variable-capacity compressors work differently than either single or two-stage compressors. Variable-capacity can fluctuate from 1/3 capacity to 100% in 250 increments. They modulate during the day, providing a slow, steady stream of conditioned air. Due to the longer run times, variable capacity compressors can dehumidify your home more effectively in the cooling season. Units with this type of compressor are also easier to add zoning to your home, which can effectively increase your energy savings. As you can see, there are quite a few considerations for when you’re shopping for a new AC unit! If you’re planning to buy a new unit soon, turn to your friendly Home Service Heroes at PECO! We’re happy to help you with recommendations, performing load calculations, and installation. Schedule your appointment today by contacting us at 864-639-2424. 

The Best Way to Find Heating and Air Conditioning Service Near You

Your indoor unit has been acting up and you know that you need to get it serviced soon, but you’re not sure how to go about finding a good HVAC company. Maybe you’ve recently moved to a new area, or you bought a home with an existing HVAC system, or you’re not a fan of your original company. Whatever your reason, you want to find heating and air conditioning services near you that is both reliable and honest. Easier said than done, right? The Best Way to Find Heating and Air Conditioning Service Near You

It doesn’t have to be hard! There are ways to figure out which company is going to be a right fit for you and your home. Here are a few tips for choosing a good local HVAC service.

1)      Ask around for personal recommendations.

Who do you trust more than your own friends and family? Probably not many people. That’s why it’s good to hear what they have to say about their own experiences with local HVAC companies. Ask who they preferred and why.

2)      Consider the company that installed the system.

Whether you had your system installed or upgraded yourself or you moved into a home with an existing system, you’ll want to put the company that installed it on the list if they’re available. For older homes, it’s possible the original company is no longer around, but if they are, then they’re going to be familiar with the system and probably have service records. You don’t ultimately have to go with that company, but they should make the list.

3)      Check online reviews but don’t let them be your only research.

The internet is valuable for finding local companies and learning about what other customers thought about their service. It’s the easiest place to go to start developing your list. However, it’s a good idea to take online reviews with a grain of salt. It’s easy enough for someone to leave a review when they’re having an especially bad day, and some less scrupulous companies may have friends leave positive reviews. Use them as a basis for comparison, but don’t rely on them alone.

4)      Look at their credentials and past projects.

Quality heating and air conditioning service providers should be licensed contractors. They should also be able to provide you references if you ask, so don’t be shy. A reputable company will be happy to offer you whatever you need to feel secure in your decision.

These are good starting points for finding a local HVAC service company that will work well for you. A few other things to keep in mind is to bear in mind that cheapest is rarely best, that you can always do phone interviews, and you should always choose a few companies to compare before making your choice. Once you do, trust your gut. It’s usually pretty spot-on!

PECO is always happy to answer any questions you have.