Many homeowners in Lufkin, Texas, spend hundreds of dollars on energy costs every month, especially in the warm summer months. If you’re one of these homeowners, you may be willing to do everything in your power to increase your home’s energy efficiency. One way you can make a big difference when it comes to energy efficiency is by ensuring the proper installation of your HVAC system.
Inadequate HVAC Installation and System Inefficiency
As with all things, HVAC systems do not last forever. No matter what you do to keep your HVAC system in good condition, it will become outdated and inefficient in time. It may not be enough to repair or maintain your HVAC system to improve efficiency. Typically, if a repair will cost more than 50% of a new system, it’s best to install the new system.
If you buy a new HVAC system, you should ensure you have only a professional determine the size by using the industry standard Manual J for the calculations and then complete the installation. Believe it or not, an inadequately installed HVAC system could reduce efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Of course, if the HVAC system is installed wrong, it may have a shortened life span, along with multiple breakdowns along the way. In the worst case situation, the HVAC system could prove to be a safety hazard. It’s always best to have an installer with the appropriate credentials and expertise install a new system.
Standards for Proper Installation
If your HVAC system has recently experienced a major reduction in energy efficiency, you may want to check the HVAC system to ensure it was properly installed. To help you guide your evaluation, Energy Star has set guidelines for quality installation. You can follow these guidelines to make sure your HVAC system is properly sized for the needs of your home and connected to a well-sealed duct system. They will also help you ensure the HVAC system has the proper amount of refrigerant and that the system receives a sufficient amount of airflow.
Ensure your HVAC system is properly installed to allow for energy efficiency. For more information about the proper installation of your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to call McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 936-465-9191.
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