7 Questions to Ask Before Replacing Your HVAC System

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Are you a Kennard, Texas, homeowner looking to replace your HVAC system? If so, you probably have many questions. You're dealing with an aging system that's either at the end of its operating life or in need of frequent system repairs. You know a new installation is inevitable, but you want to do as much research as possible before deciding on your next HVAC model purchase. Get your questions answered from McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning.

What Size HVAC System Do I Need?

The size of your new HVAC system depends on your home's size. To find the right system, one of our professional technicians can perform a detailed load calculation inside your home to decide what kind of equipment you'll need to deliver the right amount of heating and cooling year-round and the correct amount of air distribution in each room.

Since each assessment takes your home's layout into consideration, your HVAC system's size requirements may be different from your neighbors.

Should I Make Home Energy Improvements First?

HVAC systems accommodate a range of homes, so you don't have to remodel your home before installing a new system. However, making minor energy improvements throughout the home can cut your HVAC system's operating costs, the size, and the cost of the system. When your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard, your home benefits from improved efficiency and reduced utility bills.

Do I Need New HVAC Equipment?

Your technician will assess your current system and make a recommendation. If the recommendation is that your system should be replaced and would be too expensive to repair, it's always better to replace the inside and outside units at the same time to ensure compatibility and efficiency standards are met.

What Type of System Do I Need?

The kind of HVAC system you need depends on the comfort level you require and expect plus the configuration of your home. Systems with higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) numbers cost more upfront, but these systems also have lower operating costs over their lifespan.

Do you prefer to save more now or in a long-term capacity? Have you thought about installing a zoned system so you can enjoy varying comfort levels and improved indoor air quality at the same time throughout your home? If efficiency is at the top of your must-have features list, you'll want to shop for an HVAC system with a higher SEER rating. Be sure to look at the ENERGY STAR label for this information.

How Do I Find the Right Contractor?

Our licensed technicians at McWilliams & Son have experience installing a variety of HVAC systems. Be sure to ask about estimated operating costs of various HVAC systems and don't be afraid to request estimates. These details can help you make an informed decision, and any professional HVAC technician will be more than willing to offer them.

What Can I Do to Maintain My New HVAC System?

Once you have a new HVAC system installed, take the following measures to make sure the system runs smoothly for years to come:

  • Inspect the air filter and replace it at least every three months
  • Check the thermostat regularly or install a programmable thermostat to maintain ideal temperatures
  • Make sure furniture or clutter doesn't block the vents
  • Keep debris away from the outdoor unit so that air can flow freely in and out of your home
  • Schedule professional maintenance on a regular basis. Your system will run great and the manufacturer's warranty will be in effect.

What Does HVAC Maintenance Involve?

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for keeping your new system operating at its peak performance. A licensed technician will come to your home and perform a thorough inspection that includes tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, checking for wear and damage, inspecting the air conditioner's condensate drain, and adjusting the blower.

If you've been considering a new HVAC system, contact McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 936-465-9191 to learn more about our HVAC installation services.

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