Texas summers are hot. You need dependable cooling. If your HVAC system is old and often in need of repairs, it's time to consider replacing it. An old inefficient system is unreliable and uses more energy. When installing a new HVAC unit, here's what to take into consideration.
Type of Unit
There are four main types of HVAC units.
- The traditional split system with components inside and outside the home. Split systems are ideal for large homes that have space in a basement or attic to house furnaces, air conditioning units, and ductwork.
- Packaged systems are more compact. Heat pumps are an example of a packaged system that uses one unit for both heating and cooling.
- Ductless systems are ideal for smaller living spaces. They're also more energy efficient and great for zoned temperature control.
- Hybrid systems are the most energy efficient. Hybrid HVACs typically have two heat sources, an electric heat pump, and a gas or oil furnace. In winter, the system will switch between the heat pump and furnace, thereby reducing energy costs.
Correct Sizing of Unit
One of the most important steps in installing an HVAC unit is making sure the unit is sized properly for the house. Your HVAC technician should do a load calculation to determine the correct size of unit needed for your home. Installing a unit that is too big or small impacts the efficiency of the unit, temperature distribution, and will result in higher energy bills.
To further lower energy use, consider installing a programmable thermostat or zoned system. Our range of programmable thermostats allow you to schedule different temperatures at different times. We also offer Wi-Fi thermostats that let you program or adjust your thermostat remotely via a smartphone app.
We understand that installing a new HVAC system is a big expense. However, the initial cost is offset by the long-term savings you'll enjoy on your electric bill. At McWilliams & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning, we'll find the right energy solution for your Lufkin home that's within your budget. Call us today at 936-465-9191.
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