Your Newton, MA home deserves the best in terms of heating and cooling systems. But how do you define this? You want to feel comfortable at home, with a pleasant temperature in every room. However, you have to consider other factors, as well. How much will you pay for utility bills? How frequently do you need to call contractors to maintain or repair your HVAC system? How much will your heating and cooling systems impact the environment?
These are important questions for all homeowners, especially in light of the US Department of Energy report indicating that 6% of all electricity produced in the United States is used for air conditioning. The percentage may appear small, but, putting things into the right perspective, it represents an annual cost of $29 billion for residential users.
Thus, when defining the best heating and air conditioning system for your Newton, MA home, you need to consider more than just its performance.
When you start an online search for heating and air conditioning systems, you will definitely be overwhelmed by the variety of offers. Different technologies, different installation types, different benefits…but what is the relevant information you need to know in order to make the best choice for your family?
Here are the most important factors you need to consider when you make the selection:
The size of heating and cooling systems is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour. The Energy Star website offers a table that allows you to select the adequate HVAC size for the volume of each room.
However, you should always ask a team of professional contractors to evaluate the air conditioning capacity requirements for each room before purchasing an HVAC system.
Modern heating and cooling systems are more efficient than older ones. It is measured by two types of rating: EER and SEER.
EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it is defined as the amount of cooling power a system gives for a specific amount of electrical energy. In practical terms, it is calculated as a division between the BTU capacity and the Watt-hours. The higher the resulting number is, the more efficient the system is. The EER rating is usually printed on a label applied on the HVAC system and titled “Energy Guide”.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is calculated in the same manner as EER, but over the entire hot season, using a constant indoor temperature and outdoor temperatures varying between 600 F and 1000 F. An efficient heating and cooling system should have a SEER rating of at least 15.
When considering a major investment, such as a car or a new HVAC system, you should not consider only the initial purchase price but something called the total cost of ownership. This includes the cost, with fuel (electricity bill in this case) and the costs for maintenance and repair works.
As a rule of the thumb, the older a heating and air conditioning system is, the more maintenance and repair works it needs. This is why, when a system is approaching the end of its lifespan, HVAC specialists recommend homeowners consider an upgrade to a new model.
However, even some new HVAC models may require more maintenance than others, depending on the technology.
If you want quick and simple installation with minimum disturbance in your home, you need to consider ductless HVAC systems. The central unit, installed outdoors, is connected to the indoor unit through a simple hole in the wall.
By contrast, for ducted heating and air conditioning systems, you need to find a place for the central unit in the basement, and then the contractors will route the ducts to each vent installed in all the rooms in your home. This means a lot of work, careful planning for the route of the ductwork, and, of course, a higher installation cost.
Smart or programmable thermostat allows you to set the ideal temperature for each room in the house for each season. Practically, you decide what temperature you want in the bedroom in the winter, spring, summer, and fall, and the thermostat remembers your decision. You do not have to worry about setting the temperature over and over again.
This sounds great, doesn’t it? However, you need to know that not all types of HVAC systems are compatible with programmable thermostats. Older models do not allow this pairing. As for newer ones, ductless systems allow the installation of thermostats for multiple zones (each room in your house).
As you may have guessed so far, there are two main types of technologies for HVAC systems: ductless and ducted. Each of them has pros and cons, so we will not recommend one over the other as the best heating and cooling system for you.
Instead, we will make a detailed presentation of how they work and of their main advantages and disadvantages.
This is certainly one of the best-known models of HVAC systems used for decades both in residential and commercial buildings. It has one central unit that sends conditioned air through ducts to vents installed in the walls in each room of the building.
Ducted air conditioning systems need to be properly sized because they need to cover the entire volume of the house and reach the temperature requirements for each room.
Depending on the building and the available space for routing, ducted air-cooling systems use two types of ducts:
The most important advantages of ducted air conditioning systems are:
Ducted HVAC units also have disadvantages. When you analyze the options you have, you should consider the following issues:
Ductless HVAC systems consist of two units, one installed outside, the other inside the room, and connected by a bundle of pipes through a hole in the wall. Each room in the house has its own system, working independently from each other.
You have greater freedom of choice if you opt for a ductless heating and air conditioning system. There are four different types to choose from:
Ductless heating and cooling systems represent the latest technology in air conditioning; therefore, they offer many important advantages:
Of course, some people note disadvantages in installing ductless air conditioning systems. These are:
We are ready to help you decide on the best heating and cooling system for your home. Then, we perform professional installation, ensuring that you will enjoy comfortable temperatures all year round.
We offer warranties for our workmanship and only use high-quality parts and components for the installation, maintenance, and repair works we perform. Call us now to set an initial appointment!