Choosing a new furnace, heat pump, air conditioner, or thermostat for your Forney, Texas, home isn’t always as easy as it sounds. You need a unit that keeps up with your demand for heating and cooling, while also keeping costs to a minimum. Fortunately, you have plenty of options that will provide excellent comfort and other features you’ll enjoy. By knowing the terminology, benefits, and other information about HVAC systems, you can pick the perfect new HVAC system for your home.
Understand the Terminology
Buying an HVAC system without knowing the terminology is a lot like buying a car when you don’t know anything about engines or fuel economy. You might look for something with all the bells and whistles, but at its core, it might not be the right unit for your home.
Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Ratings
If you’re searching for an air conditioner or heat pump to tackle your cooling load during summer, you should familiarize yourself with SEER. Also known as a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, this rating, which typically ranges from nine to 23, is calculated by dividing the cooling output per season by the electric energy input over the same time frame. The higher the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is.
Because it both heats and cools, a heat pump has more than one rating. Like an air conditioner, it has a SEER rating for its cooling power, and it also gets a Heating Season Performance Factor, or HSPF. This is also known as a COP, or Coefficient of Performance. Similar to a SEER rating but for heating, the HSPF is the total heat output divided by the total electric energy input. The minimum HSPF mandated by the government is 7.7, but a solid choice usually goes up to about 10. For a quality heat pump, look for an HSPF of 10 with a SEER around 15.
A furnace has yet another measurement of performance known as Annual Fuel Use Efficiency, or AFUE. To determine this rating, manufacturers take the total amount of useful, heating BTUs (British Thermal Units) per 100 BTUs. The minimum AFUE is 78, mid-range units have an AFUE of 83, while high-efficiency offerings have a rating between 90 and 97.
Now that you understand the efficiency ratios for your HVAC components, it’s far easier to determine which unit works for your needs. The next step is to get a quote from reputable installation vendors, whether it’s for new construction or a total replacement in your current home.
Don’t settle on just one quote for your installation needs. Instead, ask around to see which vendor fits your budget. In many instances, you should contact us first, as our quotes are on par with the industry average. However, we always do the job one better. With our service, you not only get expert installation, but a calculation load to determine the proper size for your unit, as well as a commitment to energy efficiency that we build with your general contractor. The result is a unit that runs efficiently, while also keeping up with you needs.
Take a Look at the Warranty
Even if an HVAC unit has an excellent SEER, HSPF, or AFUE rating, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the perfect unit for you. One way to give yourself some extra peace of mind is to find a unit with an extended warranty. This protects you against the off-chance that it has a breakdown of some kind or needs a repair.
It’s also worth noting that your warranty usually requires you to get an annual tuneup or maintenance each year. Without this tuneup, you can unknowingly void the warranty of your HVAC unit, leaving you at the mercy of the system. If you’re the forgetful type, you may just want to sign up for our preventive maintenance program, which takes the guesswork out of tuneups.
Buying and installing a new or replacement HVAC unit for your home is no simple matter, with many costs and factors to consider. However, we make the entire process easy and quick for your convenience. Call Willard Heating and Air Conditioning today at 972-395-5139 for all your installation needs.
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Before long, homeowners in Dallas, TX, will have to fire up their furnaces to keep the chill at bay. Unfortunately, one of the risks of using your furnace is experiencing a carbon monoxide leak. By having your furnace regularly inspected and maintained, you can lower your family’s risk of ever becoming victim to this silent killer.
Carbon Monoxide Is Deadly
Carbon monoxide, often abbreviated as CO, is a natural byproduct of combustion. Common household appliances that use natural gas, oil, or propane as a fuel source create carbon monoxide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 5,000 people succumbed to unintentional, non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning between 1999 and 2010. That’s an average of 430 people who die each year from a preventable issue.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when CO molecules build up in the bloodstream when a person breathes in the gas. The carbon monoxide molecules start to outnumber oxygen molecules cutting oxygen to the brain and vital organs.
Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. People and animals don’t have any idea that it’s in the air until symptoms present. Early symptoms of exposure like a headache, nausea, and fatigue often get overlooked because they also resemble cold and flu symptoms.
As exposure progresses, symptoms will increase, as well. Other signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, drowsiness, vision changes, memory problems and confusion, and also impaired judgment. Sometimes, victims will experience chest or abdominal pain, hallucinations, fainting, problems walking, and seizures.
If one or more people in your home, or even pets, show these symptoms, get outside right away! Call emergency personnel to take you to the hospital. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning may recover with permanent brain injuries causing memory loss, concentration issues, or other neurological problems.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A simple way to keep your family protected is to buy and use a carbon monoxide detector. These devices will sound an alarm if it detects the gas in the air. Place detectors near your natural gas, oil, or propane fueled appliances in an outlet near the floor. Carbon monoxide is heavier than air and will accumulate near the floor first.
Don’t use charcoal in your home, even in the fireplace. Don’t burn charcoal or use gas-powered motors found on generators, lawnmowers, or cars in a garage or basement. Never use any of these in an attached garage, even if the door is open.
Be sure to have your natural gas, oil, or propane fueled appliances inspected and maintained regularly. While you can give them a once-over, you won’t know exactly what to look for. Technicians will check ventilation for cracks or blockages like birds’ nests and make sure your systems pilot lights burn safely. They will also closely inspect all combustion elements, including the heat exchanger, to make sure everything is in working order to keep your family safe.
The Importance of Regular Maintenance
Not only does regular maintenance help prevent carbon monoxide leaks, it has many other benefits, as well. Well-maintained furnaces use less energy, reducing heating costs. Regular inspections identify small, inexpensive problems before they have chances to turn into large, potentially catastrophic issues. There’s almost nothing worse than shivering on a frigid night because your furnace broke down. Regular tuneups keep the chance of severe breakdowns or system failures lower. Like a well-oiled machine, a tuned up furnace will last longer than a unit that never gets maintained.
Your Heater Maintenance Professionals
Our technicians perform many tasks during a furnace tuneup. We’ll make sure that all ventilation is clear, check connections for fire hazards, inspect elements for wear or damage, and also clean all parts and wiring. We’ll also complete any maintenance that helps your heater run safely and more efficiently.
We offer four levels of preventative maintenance plans and all include regular tuneups and discounts on repairs by trained service members without overtime charges. We’re glad to outline the levels for you and to help you find one within your budget. Give Willard Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (972) 395-5139.
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Ducts are an integral part of any forced air heating and cooling system, but because they’re hidden away behind walls, ceilings and in attics, many Forney, TX, homeowners owners simply forget about them. Unfortunately, forgetting about ductwork can have unpleasant consequences for the health and well-being of the building’s occupants. Ignoring ductwork can result in poor indoor air quality. It can also hurt your bank account and reduce indoor comfort. The upshot is that maintaining ductwork is as important as your regular heating and cooling maintenance.