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Should You Buy an HVAC System Online?

Should You Buy an HVAC System Online?These days, it seems you can buy just about anything via the internet. Even buying an HVAC system online is now a reality. Online HVAC sales are slowly but surely growing. But should you hop on the bandwagon?

Cost Savings

You can save substantially by choosing to buy a furnace, air conditioner, boiler, or any other similar product from an online retailer. Or, at least, it seems cheaper because you purchase the equipment only, not the labor of installing it properly as well.

Equipment Delivery

Most online HVAC retailers offer free equipment delivery. While that’s great news, you should know that your equipment is likely to be left outside your house. It will be up to you to move it into your basement, garage, or wherever you want it installed.

Some companies charge for delivery. You’ll pay a higher fee to have the equipment delivered to your preferred room and unpacked than having it dropped at your front door.

Quality Concerns

Online transactions take contractors out of the HVAC system design process. Therefore, you can easily choose a system that’s not right for your home. An air conditioner or furnace that’s too large for your home will operate inefficiently as it will cycle on and off frequently. As a result, running costs will increase unnecessarily. A small system won’t heat or cool your home adequately.

What About Warranty?

Many HVAC equipment manufacturers expressly disclaim warranties for systems bought online. That implies should your system break, you’ll be forced to pay an arm and a leg to have it replaced.

Work with a Contractor

It’s best to find a trustworthy contractor to work with before purchasing HVAC equipment. At the moment, contractors aren’t involved in the online equipment buying process.

By working with a contractor, you’ll receive correct guidance on how to get a rightly sized and configured system as well as warranty coverage. This isn’t possible when buying an HVAC system online on your own. For assistance with buying an HVAC system in the Peachtree City area, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air.

The Various HVAC Types and Their Benefits

The Various HVAC Types and Their Benefits

When it comes time to replace your HVAC system, choose carefully. While most homeowners tend to get the same type of system that they are replacing, this is an opportunity to assess new technology and decide if you would be better served with a new HVAC type. Read on for a brief summary of the most popular types.

Types of HVAC Systems

  1. The most common type of HVAC system is the forced air furnace and air conditioner. Most homeowners have a split system forced air HVAC, consisting of an outdoor condenser/compressor, and an indoor air handler and evaporator coils with air delivered through ductwork. Newer central air  models can be extremely efficient, with such features as a condensing furnace, electronically commutated motor, scroll compressor, and with a smart thermostat, the ability to control temperature remotely. 
  2. Heat pumps have come a long way in the U.S. market, and have won over many homeowners because they are clean (no fossil fuels are burned), quiet and efficient. Heat pumps move warm air out to cool a home, and move refrigerant warmed by outside air inside to heat a house. They also are available with scroll compressors for greater efficiency.
  3. Geothermal heat pumps won’t work on everyone’s property, but if yours offers a viable location and you’re prepared for a pretty hefty installation cost, you will enjoy the benefits of clean operation and efficient heating. Like a regular heat pump, this HVAC type moves warm refrigerant in and out of the home to heat and cool, but the warmth is derived from the earth, or a body of water, rather than from the air like a standard heat pump. 
  4. Ductless mini splits have considerable appeal for those homeowners who don’t have a ductwork system in their home. These are heat pumps, but instead of ductwork, they distribute conditioned air through an air handler. Up to four air handlers can be installed. They are also clean operating and efficient.

Want to learn more about new HVAC types and their benefits? Contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area. 

What to Ask When You Buy an HVAC System

What to Ask When You Buy an HVAC System

What to Ask When You Buy an HVAC SystemYour HVAC system contains complex and costly equipment that’s crucial for your home comfort in our climate, so replacing it for the first time can be a stressful experience. There are two ways to make HVAC purchases less nerve-racking – choose your HVAC installer carefully and ask smart questions so you can make an informed decision.

 

Important Things to Do and Know Regarding New HVAC

 

Getting the most from a new HVAC purchase involves more than just choosing the equipment, because installation quality directly affects its performance, efficiency and lifespan. This means you need to look for a well-established, reputable HVAC contractor with lots of installation experience.

Then, base your choice of installer on how a contractor answers these important questions:

 

How is the equipment sized and selected?

The capacity or size of your equipment affects its long-term performance. If it’s oversized, it will short cycle and waste energy. Equipment that’s too small won’t keep your home comfortable. A contractor worth hiring will tell you they’ll size and choose the right equipment for your home based on Manuals J and S.

 

Does my home need new ductwork?

A skilled installer won’t hook up your new equipment to the existing ductwork without verifying that the duct system is properly designed to provide ample, balanced air distribution, and free from defects and leaks.

 

What efficiency rating is best?

Higher-rated HVAC equipment is more energy efficient, so it costs less to operate but typically has a higher price tag. A knowledgeable HVAC installer can help you compare upfront cost versus long-term energy savings for different equipment models so you can choose one that matches your budget.

 

What advanced features are worthwhile?

Higher-end HVAC systems have a range of optional features that can boost comfort and energy efficiency. A dependable HVAC pro can tell you which features are most worthwhile for your needs, and may recommend that you opt for a variable-speed air handler, furnace or compressor, or install a smart thermostat or zoning system.

 

For expert help making wise HVAC purchases for your Peachtree City home, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

When it’s Time to Replace, Should You Buy the System or Just the Unit?

When it's Time to Replace, Should You Buy the System or Just the Unit?Buying an HVAC system is not only a complicated process, it’s also an expensive purchase. It’s tempting to replace either the air handler or the outdoor condenser to save money. While it’s less expensive, it’s usually not a good idea because you may be compromising your comfort, the warranty and the ultimate lifetime cost of the system.

Most central HVAC systems are split into two major components that include the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser. Although they’re separate, they’re designed as one system. If the parts inside either aren’t compatible with the other, the entire system can’t perform well. It’s similar to replacing parts in your vehicle with parts designed for a different car. Even if it runs, it may not run dependably. One or more parts within the system may experience premature failure, as well, adding to the ultimate cost of your HVAC system.

The crucial components that have to match when replacing an HVAC system are the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil in terms of their refrigerant, capacity, pressure and refrigerant type. When you’re selecting a system, ask the contractor to verify that the two components are compatible by checking the AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute) registration for both parts.

Problems with Mismatched Components

When you’re buying an HVAC system and the air handler and condenser aren’t compatible, you won’t achieve the same energy efficiency, humidity removal, or air delivery, especially if the existing ductwork is too large or small for the newer component. The manufacturer may not extend the warranty to the new equipment.

Most rebate programs, whether public or private, require the AHRI certificate of compatibility, as well. Tax credits and rebate programs help offset the cost of a new, energy HVAC system. Local utilities and jurisdictions periodically use them to promote energy efficiency at the local level.

The best approach when buying an HVAC system is to replace both the air handler and the condenser as a matched system for maximum durability and efficiency. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing trusted HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about buying an HVAC system and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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