In the middle of the heat of summer, there’s nothing better than coming home from work and being greeted by a refreshing blast of cold air from your air conditioner. In the United States alone, 84% of all homes (about 103 million) have some kind of air conditioning and heating and cooling account for almost 50% of energy use in a home.
Whether you know it or not, cranking the A/C during 80 and 90 degree days can have a cost. You risk driving up your energy bills by wasting energy and you also run the risk of you’re A/C unit conking out on you during a bad time due to overuse.
So what can you do to avoid an air conditioning disaster? Get an HVAC system. A Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC) combines the functions of a furnace, air conditioning system and a venting system into one machine. An HVAC system with a programmable thermostat can save you quite a bit of money—think about $180 in air conditioning costs and at least 3% on your heating bill.
Whether you’re in need of home or industrial HVAC installation, there are several things to keep in mind:
- Use the right equipment: For home and office HVAC installation, you want to make sure that HVAC installers have the right tools for the job. The last thing you want is to have a unit that’s too big or too small and be stuck with a malfunctioning unit and no air conditioner during times of high heat.
- Get good people: For home and office HVAC installation, you’ll want to get ahold of reputable companies who know how to get the job done. The money you spend on good people, who install everything properly will be well worth it. Once they’re done, make sure the unit or units are installed correctly and working as they should.
- Lock them up: For home and office HVAC installation, it’s important to lock up your units in A/C cages once they have been installed. This keeps people from stealing them and keeps you or your company from having to shell out a lot of money for replacements, which aren’t cheap.
If you’re already got an HVAC unit at your office or at home, get it checked ASAP. The average unit lasts about 12 years and it should be inspected as least twice a year. Inspections ensure that the unit is working properly and lets homeowners know of any serious issues with their heating and cooling.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $475 for an HVAC inspection, but make sure you get an estimate before doing anything. The price that you’re quoted online isn’t always what you’re going to pay when the time comes.
HVAC companies may vary in their process for checking a home or industrial heating and air conditioning system, but the inspection generally includes some of the following:
- testing of safety controls
- inspection of blower components
- testing gas pressure and piping
- calibrating the thermostat and checking the furnace
- testing for correct air flow
- inspecting electrical connections
- checking the air filter
- inspecting the condition of equipment
- inspecting temperate differentiations
Other steps that may be included in an HVAC inspection, but HVAC companies and electricians will be able to give a complete detail report of the functionality of an HVAC system. With proper maintenance, you can keep heating and cooling functioning properly, cut down on energy bills and eliminate the risk of health issues both at home and at work. They’ll also be able to tell you what kind of HVAC maintenance you might need to do between inspections.
A proper HVAC systems inspection can ensure improved home efficiency as well as better air quality in your workplace. Finding reputable companies and contractors can help you avoid problems in times of extreme heat or extreme cold.