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Purchasing a new heating and cooling system online does not void your warranty. All online purchases must have a qualified expert perform an In-Home Evaluation before the installation. During our In-Home Measurements we perform a load calculation per manufactures recommendations and ALL our units we install come with a full manufactures warranty and labor warranties!
All of our installations are done by our own certified, licensed and background tested industry experts! We do not use subcontractors! Extensive product training by our manufactures keeps our installers up to date with the ever-changing products we offer.
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There are special names for the efficiency ratings of various types of equipment. Air conditioning equipment is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the equipment is. New equipment manufactured today by the manufacturers must meet at least a 13.0 SEER rating, with some manufacturers producing equipment as high as 21.0 SEER.
Air conditioning systems, with a heat pump function, are rated by the heating seasonal performance factor. The higher the HSPF rating is, the more efficient the unit. HSPF is a ratio of BTU (British thermal units) heat output over the heating season to watt-hours of electricity used.
Gas furnaces are rated according to their annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE. The higher the AFUE rating is, the more efficient the unit. Natural draft furnaces or boilers typically have an efficiency rating of about 80 percent. Manufacturers have developed more efficient furnaces to operate at up to a 98-percent efficiency rating; meaning 98 percent of the energy costs you are putting into your furnace are being used to heat your home, unlike natural draft furnaces that only use 80 percent of your energy costs. Boilers also provide high efficiency operation, topping 95 percent AFUE.
It is recommended that both the indoor and outdoor equipment are replaced together, especially with the new EPA requirements to phase out R-22 refrigerant by 2020. Currently, there are other options to replace just one of the components without the other, with the price of inefficiency and high energy costs. That, however, is subject to change with the upgrades in building codes and National Energy Codes being enforced gradually, state by state. The efficiency rating on a condenser is based on the entire system being replaced.
To keep your HVAC system running in tip-top shape, we recommend a maintenance appointment twice a year (once for heat, once for air conditioning). Manufactures also require annual maintenance to keep the manufacture warranty valid just like a car! This way, an DIY Comfort Depot technician can check your filters, coils, wiring, housing, motor, and more to make sure you’re getting the most out of your system.
Sizing the equipment load requires the consideration of several factors. Ceiling height, construction, window size and placement and dozens of other variables all need to be considered to properly size a heating and/or cooling system. Schedule an In Home Measurement and will will perform an expert Load Calculation!
When properly maintained and serviced, a gas furnace should last 20 to 25 years, and an air conditioner should last 12 to 15 years. Many times a system can last longer!