If it’s at least 10 years old and your HVAC system is struggling to keep up with the extreme temperatures in Lake County, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement system. With so many different products and companies out there, picking the perfect system can feel like an overwhelming task, but you can narrow down the list by answering a few simple questions.
Do I Want to Save Money Now or Later?
A baseline system will save you thousands of dollars upfront compared to a high-end model, but more expensive models often boast significantly higher SEER ratings, which measure the system’s energy efficiency. Those more expensive models can save you hundreds of dollars per year in energy bills, and over a 10-year period, you could actually end up saving money. Whether or not spending more on a system upfront makes sense also depends on how well-insulated and airtight your home is.
What Is My Climate?
Here in Florida, we typically recommend heat pumps, which are just as efficient as conventional air conditioners for cooling homes but substantially more efficient than conventional furnaces for heating. Humidity is also a problem, but your air conditioner can keep your humidity at a comfortable level most of the time. If humidity is still high even when your air conditioner is running, consider upgrading to a more efficient two-stage system or installing a dehumidifier.
Do I Want Extra Features?
Think of an HVAC replacement like a blank slate — if you could do anything with your heating and cooling system, what kinds of products might you like to add? Perhaps the ducts need to be replaced as well, or you’d like to increase your home’s comfort with a zoned HVAC system. Some other upgrades include:
- Humidifiers and dehumidifiers
- Wireless controls
- Improved air purification
Need to replace your HVAC system but don’t know where to start? We have you covered at DeSantis Appliance & AC Service Inc with high-quality Trane equipment. Give us a call today to speak with one of our heating and cooling pros!