Figure out whether you should repair or replace your heating and air conditioning system

Chances are if you are reading this post than you are having issues with your heating and air conditioning system in your home. Unless you are a HVAC professional, you probably have no idea whether it is feasible to just repair it or should you just replace it. With the help and support of John’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we will ensure that you feel confident in your decision.

Regardless of your final decision, we understand that you want your heating and cooling system to give you the optimum energy-saving and money-saving efficiency, indoor comfort, and one that lasts for many years. You might think that it will be less expensive to simply repair your existing system, that may or may not be true. Find out by visiting www.energystar.gov.

Factors to Consider

Efficiency Ratings:

SEER- SEER stands for Seasonal Efficiency Energy Ratio ratings. These were established by the US Department of Energy. Currently the lowest SEER rating for central air conditioning systems is 13. The higher the number the more efficiently the unit will operate.

SEER & HSPF - The rating system for a heat pump’s cooling efficiency is SEER as well. The rating system for your heat pump’s heating mode efficiency is Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating.  The HPSF was also established by the US Department of Energy. One should look at both ratings when deciding on a heat pump system for your home.

AFUE- AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. These are ratings that are set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers. Currently the lowest allowed AFUE that manufacturers can produce is 80%. The higher this is the more potential energy savings you will have.

Air Conditioning Refrigerants:

There are two types of refrigerants used, R-22 & R-410A. R410-A is known as environmentally friendly because it does not contain chlorine, and is found in newer systems. Uncharged R-22 can be installed as a repair option in your older systems.

 

 

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