Lisa E. Crosley is President of Lifestyle Comfort Solutions. She frequently gives HVAC and indoor air quality products a trial run in her own home before recommending them to her clients.
Today, Lisa explains what goes into a proper installation of HVAC equipment.
Everyone seems to agree that modern, high-efficiency heating/cooling equipment makes sense. Utility companies occasionally promote energy-efficiency with rebates. From time to time, tax incentives help homeowners upgrade to energy-efficient equipment. Manufacturers may offer seasonal savings on high efficiency models.
But, installing high-efficiency HVAC equipment doesn’t automatically increased your comfort or guarantee extra money in your wallet. In fact, according to Energy Star, even cutting-edge, high efficiency equipment may lose up to 30% of its performance when improperly installed.
What Goes into a Quality HVAC Installation?
The System Should be Designed to Meet your Family’s Unique Needs
No two homes are alike. In fact, there are at least 37 factors which should be considered when choosing the perfect system for your family. This analysis is called Manual J. Manual J measures energy loss and energy gain in each room in your home. Regrettably, not all HVAC companies use this important standard.
Choose the Right Size Equipment
When it comes to your heating/cooling equipment, bigger is not better. Too often, HVAC companies simply replace the aging system with what was there before. Ask yourself: What if the system was wrong to begin with? Have there been changes or additions to the home after the aging system was installed. Has the current system provided your family with ultimate comfort?
Here’s the way I look at it: If you went to buy a new car, you wouldn’t settle for the exact make and model and no new feature beyond what you have in the car you are currently driving.
The same is true of cutting-edge, high-efficiency equipment. Explore all the great improvements in heating/cooling technology and buy the very best system you can afford.
Repair When You Replace
The Department of Energy considers duct sealing and repair to be as important as installing high-efficiency equipment. Your HVAC system is a closed environment. When ducts leak, you lose 25 cents of every energy dollar you spend.
Consider Adding Improved Attic Insulation
Proper insulation saves money and enhances comfort in both Summer and Winter.
Add a Programmable Smart Thermostat
Add a programmable smart thermostat to make your unit convenient to operate.
Using specialized equipment, every room in your home receives the proper amount of airflow. Air-balancing spots and correct the interferences which will cause your new system to work harder, wear out sooner, and cost you more to operate.
Look for Reliable Guarantees
Lifestyle Comfort Solutions stands behind the quality of our installation with a 100% Lifestyle Workmanship Guarantee.
- We include the first year of seasonal maintenance free with purchase so we can monitor that the system is operating as it should.
- With Lifestyle Comfort Solutions, you choose from a line of home comfort products which perform so well, and are backed so reliability, that we put our name on them.
When it’s time to replace your heating/cooling system, trust Lifestyle Comfort Solutions. It’s your lifestyle…your comfort…our solutions!