Louisville, KY – March 29, 2016 – Are you finally planning to take a great leap and buy a house for yourself? If you are, then you must’ve gotten lots of advice from family and friends. Normally, when buying a house, the first things that people prioritize and consider are the plumbing, the cabinets, and the floor. However, once they have actually bought the house, what dissatisfies them the most is the heating and the cooling system. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of ignoring the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system until it is too late. If you’re going to buy a house, it is greatly recommended that you pay much attention the heating and cooling system as well because it is greatly responsible in making the house habitably comfortable for you and for the most part, your comfort should be on top of your list.
Here are the top features of the HVAC system (in no particular order) that you should know about.
- Ductwork design and type. If you want your home to be as comfortable as it can get, you should make sure that your ducts are properly sized and balanced. Go for the round ducts that are externally insulated because they are the most efficient.
- Since 2006, 13-SEER has become the minimum efficiency for new air conditioners. Before it was 10-SEER. You should know that the higher the SEER, the lower your utility bill can be. If your efficiency is close to 20-SEER, the cost to run the air conditioner could even be half of what a 13-SEER air conditioner would cost on the bill.
- Indoor Unit Location. Where you put your units matter. If you place your furnace in the attic, chances are it will eventually leak but if you place it in the basement, there will be less risk.
- Outdoor Unit Location. Make sure that you place your outdoor unit someplace it can’t be seen otherwise it’ll get damaged.
- Last year, 2015, federal law had phased out R-22 because of its potential for global warming and ozone depletion. It is recommended that you use something environment friendly like R-410A.