- To find the right size system, get the area of the room you want to install it in.
- Energy-efficient systems are more expensive, but they will be well worth the investment.
- This is the best and highest quality rating you can have on a product for energy efficiency.
- Regular check-ups and routine maintenance will keep the unit running smoothly for many years.
- It can all be a little confusing if you have never installed an HVAC system.
HVAC systems play a pivotal role in keeping your home comfortable. In the summers, they will provide cool refreshing air, and in the winters, they will be a source of warmth. However, to get the most from your system and ensure you are using it optimally, you need to know how to select the right size and set it up properly.
When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not always better. Something that is too big or too small for your needs will both be problematic. Here is what you should consider.
HVAC systems are sized according to BTU ratings. This rating tells you how much cooling or heating power the system has. Typically, larger BTU systems will have larger outdoor units. The internal unit you install in the room doesn’t say much about the system’s power.
To find the right size system, get the area of the room you want to install it in. Multiply the length of the room by the width. Then multiply the answer by 25 BTU. The result will be the optimal BTU rating that you should get for that room.
The home’s layout, the level of insulation you have, and the general structure of the home will also play a role in the efficiency of the AC system. For instance, installing an AC pointed towards a frequently opened and closed door is not a smart choice. All the cool air will be lost as it either escapes or gets heated through hot air coming in when the door opens.
HVAC systems are energy-heavy appliances. Even a small appliance can easily consume 2000 watts on start-up. Once the compressor is up and running and the cooling has begun, wattage can drop significantly.
These systems run for several hours per day. Even small gains in energy efficiency could mean considerable savings. Energy-efficient systems are more expensive, but they will be well worth the investment. Ideally, you should be looking to get something with an ENERGY STAR rating. This is the best and highest quality rating you can have on a product for energy efficiency.
The right-sized appliance with a solid Energy Star rating will still need to be installed properly to function optimally. Installing an AC or an HVAC system can be quite technical, so it’s best to have professional help.
You want to make sure you are using the right-sized wiring, there is sufficient airflow in and out of the system, and that your electrical system is ready to handle the load. It would also be a good idea to install some beakers and fuses just to protect the home and the appliance from high voltages.
HVAC systems need periodic maintenance, whether that involves replacing the filters or just cleaning the units for dirt and debris. As dust and debris pile up, the HVAC becomes less efficient in cooling and heating.
You will notice a bad smell coming from the unit. Regular check-ups and routine maintenance will keep the unit running smoothly for many years.
It can all be a little confusing if you have never installed an HVAC system. In fact, prior to buying one, you should have an expert inspect your property and suggest something that will work for you. Our technical staff is always available to help in person and over the phone. If you have any queries about the HVAC system or how our staff can help you, call Sharon’s Heating and Cooling at (734) 425-1415 for an answer to your questions.