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Finding the Right HVAC for Your Needs | 4 Things to Consider

You never want to find out your heating system is dead at the moment you need it the most. Winters in Buffalo can get bitter cold, and because we have cold temperatures for practically half of the year, your heating system is put to work more than other regions. Waiting until your system breaks down can become more costly than replacement. You really should look to replace older heating appliances every 10 to 15 years. Replacing older heating systems will usually increase your efficiency, comfort, and cost efficiency. If you’re considering installing a new HVAC system, take these things into consideration.

What Type?

Obviously there are different types of heating & cooling systems. One of the most effective is a split system, or a packaged system for your HVAC needs. Often found in newer homes, split systems feature the AC or heat pump located outside of the home. The indoor portion contains the furnace, evaporator coil, and air handler. When you have a limited space, packaged systems are attached to the home’s exterior, typically on the roof.

To Duct, or Not to Duct?
As long as it’s clean and doesn’t leak, any pre existing ductwork should suffice. Split systems typically rely on ductwork. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, say your home is older, you may be able to install, if there is room. Otherwise you can select ductless heating and cooling that delivers air through many air handlers in different rooms.

What Size?

One of the most important factors in choosing a heating and air conditioning system is ensuring you decide on a size that is right for your home. Bigger isn’t always better. If a system is too large, it will cycle on and off without enough time to remove humidity. Too small and it won’t heat or cool the home effectively and may cost more. Our technicians will work with you to provide the proper equipment for your size home.

What is Effieciency?

Upon knowing what size equipment to choose for your home, you can consider efficiency. How much output your system can provide is determined by the size, while efficiency shows you how much heat or cool air the system delivers related to the energy consumed. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio are measurements to quantify heating and cooling efficiency.

These are 4 of the first and most vital things to think about when considering a new HVAC system. Warm & Fuzzy has been providing HVAC installation and replacement in Buffalo NY for years, and we pride ourselves on delivering outstanding service. We also provide 24 hour HVAC services for the entire WNY area, in case anything ever happens. If you need something fixed, or are considering a new HVAC system, please give us a call, or fill out our contact form and we can call you!

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