When it’s time to install a new central heating or cooling system in your Central Florida home, there are a number of important factors you’ll want to consider. Choosing and installing the wrong furnace, A/C or heat pump could have long-term negative repercussions in terms of both comfort and energy costs. Consider the following:
Type of system — You’ll want to carefully study your options, whether to go with a four-season heat pump or furnace installation for heating, a heat pump or A/C for cooling, or some other option entirely. The fuel source will need to be considered if you go with a combustion furnace. If your house is already outfitted with natural gas lines and vents, and you want to take advantage of low natural gas prices, a gas furnace can be a valid choice. You can also choose between a fuel oil and propane furnace.
Energy efficiency — HVAC systems come with different energy efficiency levels, and the cost of the new system is almost always directly related to the equipment’s efficiency rating. However, choosing a high-efficiency A/C, heat pump or furnace installation will deliver reduced energy costs over the long run. When and if those cost savings will exceed the cost of the higher-cost HVAC system should be taken into account. With Central Florida’s short and mild heating season, it makes less sense to pay extra for a high-efficiency furnace than it would farther north.
Sizing — With any central heating or cooling system, sizing should never be an afterthought. A professional HVAC technician will conduct a heating or cooling load calculation on your home, considering its size, layout and other factors, then recommend the proper size for your home. Under- or oversizing a furnace or other HVAC system could result in poor efficiency and performance through the life of the equipment.
Advanced features — Talk about available feature that enhance energy efficiency with your HVAC professional. Strongly consider variable-speed and multi-stage operation for both cooling and heating systems.
To discuss a professional A/C, heat pump or furnace installation in your Orlando area home, please contact us at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions.
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