How to get a great deal on your next HVAC system

I recently had to update my heating and cooling system in my house. I had worried for a while about how much it was going to cost me because I didn’t have a ton of money set aside for replacing the HVAC system. When you’re a homeowner, there’s always something going wrong in some part of your house. Whether you need to replace part of the roof, get a new appliance, or have a section of carpeting replaced, there is always something! I’ve learned that over the past few years and the most recent problem that I ended up having was with my heating and cooling system. I noticed that the temperature on my thermostat just wasn’t being maintained at an even level and then I noticed that the furnace wasn’t working too great on cooler mornings. When I switched over to the air conditioning when the weather started heating up, the house didn’t cool off at all. That’s when I had the terrible realization that my HVAC system probably needed to be replaced. I knew that it was an older system when I moved in, but I was really hoping that it would last a couple more years than it actually did! Anyway, somehow I got lucky because when I called my local heating and cooling company, they were running an amazing deal on high efficiency HVAC systems. I ended up with a great unit that keeps my home at just the right temperature, year round. I even got a great warranty with it, so next time it tears up, I won’t have to worry! 

It’s time to replace the furnace

My current heating system is nearly twenty years old. When my husband and I first purchased the house, the furnace was already installed and obviously not brand new. Since there was no paperwork or record of service, we could only guess at the installation date. I have been conscientious about scheduling professional maintenance every year. I’ve made sure to replace the air filter every month. Despite my efforts, the heater is beginning to show the wear and tear. We should have replaced the furnace at least ten years ago. It no longer provides maximum heating capacity and struggles to keep up with demand. Living in the northern part of the country, we face temperatures down to twenty-five below zero and rely on the furnace for six to eight straight months. During the most severe weather, it doesn’t matter how high we adjust the thermostat. The furnace can’t maintain ideal comfort and certain rooms are especially chilly. When the heating unit cycles on, it makes a grinding sound and continues to rattle the whole time it operates. Since it runs nearly non stop all winter long, the furnace is costing a fortune in utility bills. I know that a new furnace would provide superior energy efficiency, reduce our heating costs and recover the investment very quickly. Our home would certainly be more comfortable, stay cleaner and we’d benefit from healthier indoor air quality. Modern furnaces feature better safety features and air filtration. We could upgrade to zone control and a wifi thermostat for greater convenience, comfort and cost savings. However, I’m reluctant to deal with the disruption and mess of tearing out the hold heating unit and installing new. 

A hotel air conditioner

Last December, my wife, kids and I took a ten-day vacation. We left behind the freezing cold weather and snow for a tropical getaway during the Christmas holidays. I booked us a hotel that put us just walking distance from the beach. The plan was to spend the majority of our time outside, enjoying the sunshine, white sand beach and ocean waves. Due to the premier location, even the most basic hotel was really expensive. The hotel didn’t offer a lot of amenities. We went without laundry facilities, a fitness room, restaurant and swimming pool. The wifi was slow and unpredictable and the television provided only a couple of local stations.

We were just relieved that there was a working air conditioner installed in the room. The cooling unit was obviously an older model and not in the greatest condition. It was dented on the side, missing some control knobs and often dripped condensate onto the floor. Whenever it cycled on, it made this horrendous screeching sound and rattled the whole time it operated. Despite all these problems, the air conditioner easily cooled down the room and maintained a comfortable temperature.

We were only able to adjust the system between high and low speed. We mostly ran the central air conditioner at maximum capacity. It was such a pleasure to step inside that cool hotel room after a day at the beach, baking in the sun. We were able to get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to start another beautiful day.

Energy waste in the classroom

I attend college as a junior in the northeastern part of the country. This year, I was able to finally move off campus and rent an apartment. This necessitates driving to my classes. Unfortunately, there’s insufficient parking available and I’m typically forced to walk almost a mile to reach the various buildings. The weather between September to May is super cold, rainy and even snowy. I bundle up in my wool coat, waterproof boots, knitted hat, scarf and gloves, and still shiver the whole time. I’m usually carrying a backpack full of heavy books and always in a rush to get inside the heated buildings on campus. The classrooms are seldom maintained at a comfortable temperature. My art history classroom should be nice and warm, but there is a group of girls who like to open the windows.

The heating system blasts at maximum capacity and the majority of the heated air escapes right out the open window. These girls are not concerned about the amount of energy they are wasting or the impact on the environment. They don’t care that they are costing the college a fortune or that they’re making everyone in the room miserable. I have no choice but to keep my coat on during class. Even sitting as close as possible to the heating vents doesn’t make much different. I don’t know why the professor lets them get away with this inconsiderate behavior. Every now and then, I get up and close the windows. My actions then turn into a huge argument with the group of girls. I don’t care if they get upset. I need to warm up and take advantage of the heating system before I head back outside for the long walk to my car.

Uncomfortable temperature control

I work in a newly built office building situated right in the downtown area. The construction features a great deal of glass and the design is ultra modern. I am fortunate enough to have a corner office on the eighth floor and the view is really amazing. Unfortunately, none of the windows open, and there’s no opportunity to bring any fresh air into the building. Although the glass is tinted to deflect UV rays, the weather still affects the indoor temperature. In the winter, the glass is cold and makes the room feel quite chilly. I have the opposite complaint during the summer. The whole building is sealed up tight and entirely temperature controlled all year round. It is a problem that the thermostat is not on the premises. No one on location has the ability to make any adjustments. The operation of the HVAC system is entirely determined by the corporate headquarters. The headquarters are located on the opposite side of the country. Rather than catering to our very unpredictable weather, the temperature is regulated according to dates on the calendar. At a predetermined day of the year, the air conditioner starts up and blows cool air non stop for several months. Whether the outdoor conditions are hot and humid or freezing cold, we deal with air conditioning. The building is often uncomfortably chilly, and we all dress up in sweaters. In the middle of July, many of the workers are wearing their coats indoors. As soon as the fall season arrives, the heating system switches on. Very often, the weather at this time of year is still hot and sticky. There’s no way to prevent the steady supply of heated air. The workforce is sweaty, sluggish and complaining. We plug in portable fans and get very little work accomplished. 

I’m worried about my heating and air conditioning

As a reporter, I often get sent to various places to report on the latest happenings. It’s a wonderful job, and I enjoy going to new places and meeting new people. My boss likes to have reliable contacts on the ground as soon as possible whenever there is breaking news that might be of national interest. 

I live in a sunny area, so I was in for a shock when I was sent to the northwest on assignment. Temperatures there hover around mid-twenties degrees. Sometimes it got so cold that I chose to remain indoors as soon as I accomplish my task.

So, when my HVAC malfunctioned, I panicked a bit because I was in a strange town with no air conditioner repair contact. Luckily, I found local listings online and contacted an HVAC business close by to recommend an HVAC provider that can send in a qualified HVAC technician fast. 

The technician came from a family-run air conditioning establishment owned by a woman. Her technician knew everything about how an air conditioner operates, and he quickly performed the heater repair. The business also stocked high-quality heating and cooling products from reputable brands. 

The technician noted that the equipment was aged and advised for regular air conditioner service, but that was not my place to decide. The furnace service also took a bit of time to sort since the furnace was an ancient relic. When he finished, he tried to up sell me some heater installation extra services, but I was a bit sad to let him down since I knew I was leaving soon.

Noticing a faulty HVAC system

I dread the winter season. Having to go to work and drive through the snow is tiring. I hate to see kids struggling to keep up with the cold. The cold winter weather causes hurting muscles and mercilessly attack our exposed hands and face. No matter how much I invest in warm clothes, I never seem to adapt to it.

However, having a proper air conditioning system has helped my family and me to keep warm. Heater repair is necessary before or during winter if it keeps troubling you. I also realized that regular checkup on the air conditioner is advisable early enough when you can still get cooling repair parts for air conditioning repair. Here are the benefits of regularly servicing your heating system.

You Get Quality Air

Regular air conditioning service gives your home fresh air quality. An air conditioner with a dirty filter can spread dirt and other harmful pollutants. Getting a good HVAC technician will clean up the dirty surfaces and save you on new heater installation costs.

You Get to Save Energy

Using an air conditioner that has problems can increase the electricity bill. Make sure that your HVAC system has a maximum flow of air. Regularly change the air filter when it gets clogged. Make sure you get a reliable HVAC provider if you need to replace the air filter. This goes for the furnace also in case it needs furnace service.

You Can Detect Problem Areas

A sound HVAC system keeps off bad smells if at all, there are any. In case you find some rooms too warm or too cold due to irregular heating, your HVAC must be faulty.

HVAC maintenance helps you save on energy bills

When change is inevitable like the four seasons of the year, we have no option but to embrace it, otherwise, we are left behind. Speaking of weather changes, Autumn happens to be my favourite season of the year because I get the chance to dress down and go out more. My favourite dress-code is Short dresses or shorts with short-sleeved blouses. My parents built on the outskirts of town on farmland, so our neighbourhood has lots of trees and vast pieces of land. The transition period between the fall and winter is always my saddest moment in the cycle. As tree leaves change colour and plants and animals start adjusting for the season, days become shorter and the arrival of the cold season has me thinking of one thing – our air conditioning.

Before the cold kicks in completely, my dad always ensures that the air conditioner is properly serviced. He constantly monitors the condition of our heating and cooling system to detect and prevent unexpected breakdowns that might require an overhaul of the HVAC. Since we live outside of town, heater repair costs are much higher because there is only one HVAC business within a radius of 10 miles that serves over 50 households. New heater installation is not common here but repairs are. 

Several families do not also rely so much on the available HVAC provider with many homes using a home-made gas furnace that requires little furnace service although they still call on technicians for air conditioner repair just to be sure. I like how organized and prepared my dad is because whenever an HVAC technician arrives, there is little for him to do other than checking the safety of the equipment. With proper maintenance, our appliances retain energy and have a prolonged life that results in little demand for regular air conditioner service

Replacing your old thermostat with a new model

When I got a new job and had to relocate to the west coast, I began to watch property shows with keen interest. I’m never one to watch shows where people show off their gadgets because it creates jealousy and envy in others. Also, I’m not too fond of showoffs or people who always have to be the centre of attention—but having to move made me realize that I had to learn how to adjust and be accommodative. Some of the property being showcased in these shows featured a smart home where a computer controls electric appliances. 

One of these appliances was a smart thermostat, which can control your air conditioning. It is incredible how much a gadget like an air conditioner has evolved. Users can manage their heating and cooling needs from anywhere using an app. A sophisticated HVAC system can learn your habits and adjust itself accordingly. Depending on changes in the weather, a smart thermostat can adjust itself accordingly.

By using power efficiently, such a system will mean less need for heater repair or conditioner repair. These days, air conditioner service can involve showing a customer how to use a control panel. You can program your smart thermostat to work via WIFI from the touch of your phone. It can switch on your furnace in the evening before you get home.  

The HVAC business has gone to the next level, and an HVAC provider has to be tech-savvy to meet the needs of the modern shopper. It also means that an HVAC technician has to keep up with the latest trends in heater repair, heater installation, and furnace service. 

Don’t even think about it – hire out your AC installation if you don’t have time to read an owner’s manual

When installing a cooling system it is best to call a licensed HVAC contractor to handle the job. There are complicated factors involved in the installation process. First, ductwork should be considered if you have it. The last thing you want to do is put a hole in your ductwork and have higher energy bills. 

Refrigerant in a system makes things tricky too. Adding improper amounts of refrigerant damage the system. You need someone who knows what they are doing. Also, handling refrigerant requires a license. Do you really want to study and be certified in that?

Another element of AC installation is the after care with it. After the AC is set up, it needs to be maintained over time. DIY AC installation always follows with big AC repairs quickly coming around. The last thing a homeowner wants to deal with is an immediate AC repair. Most HVAC businesses will put the system under a warranty and the repairs will be free! I say it is worth doing that!