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Is it Time for an HVAC Equipment Upgrade? Here’s what you Need to Know
19 Apr 2012 In: HVAC Tips

Is it Time for an HVAC Equipment Upgrade? Here’s what you Need to Know

If your heating and cooling system is more than 10 years old, you may be thinking about buying a new one. If only it was that easy to pick any system, plug it in and be done with the choice. In reality, there is a lot more thinking that is required for a decision related to Heating and Cooling Systems. Your system is made up of parts that work together to keep you comfortable every day, and they need to work well for your specific needs. It has to be right for your climate, your home or office wherever you want to install it.

The big question is how to make an informed decision when purchasing an HVAC system? Although there are many factors to consider, let’s take a look at the 3 main points:

  1. Verify your current system – You can replace your air conditioning unit with a new model, but first make sure that your existing ductwork can handle it. If your home has been remodelled or had additions put on, the ductwork needs to be able to handle a bigger unit, and air distribution has to be looked at for maximum comfort throughout the home. For heating, the issues are the same. What are the limitations imposed by your current system? For example, if you want to switch to a high efficiency heat pump system you should have a professional check the size of your ducts. Do not be overwhelmed by the costs of upgrading ducts to a new system as in the long run, better systems will reduce the energy bills as they are more energy efficient.
  2. Fuel availability and cost – Your system should be designed to take advantage of the most efficient fuel or energy source available.
  3. Size of the System Installed – The size of the system installed is really important. It just has to be perfect, not too big and not too small. An improperly sized system will consume more energy to run, perform poorly and possibly create health hazards such as moisture build-up in your home. It also costs more to install an oversized heating and cooling system costs more to install. It would not run long enough to dehumidify the air and is more likely to break down.

There’s a lot more to cover when it comes to choosing a new heating and cooling system for your Melbourne home. The important lesson to remember is that if you’re looking at a new HVAC system, you need to do your homework before you make a purchase. Research well in advance and understand the implications of your choice. You can even talk to our expert technicians on 039703 2500.We encourage homeowners to become educated and to work with us, so they can get the most comfort and efficiency from their new systems.