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Everyone loves having the right temperatures indoors that are a contrast to the weather outside. Having a good working heating and cooling unit is crucial for every home in Lynnfield to stay comfortable year-round.
But what makes a good heating and cooling system? How do you know that your system is a good one? We’re going to tell you!
Here’s everything you need to know about HVAC units and how to make sure you’ve selected the best one for your home.
The main priority of a good HVAC system for a Lynnfield, Massachusetts, home is making sure it keeps you and your family comfortable all year long.
Massachusetts’ weather is pretty consistent, but there have been times where the normalcy of the weather is broken and unexpected temperatures arise. Just this past summer in July, Boston saw record-breaking lows in the month where temperatures are typically at their highest.
What happens when your system is broken, old, or not of high quality and those weird temperatures pop up?
It’s important to have a high-quality system powering your home to set the temperatures where you need them without costing an arm and a leg to do so. No one wants to be in a situation where they are paying too much for energy bills or can’t be comfortable in their own home because their system doesn’t have the power to perform.
So, what do you look for in an excellent new heating and air conditioning system? What makes a good system? The biggest thing is efficiency.
Have you noticed an unruly increase in your energy bills lately? It could be coming from your old overrun system. Newer HVACs are made with better efficiency technology to ensure the energy your home uses does not go to waste.
Newer heating and cooling systems have the ability to reduce the amount of energy your home uses by 30%.
Another aspect of new HVACs you should pay attention to are the SEER ratings. This goes hand-in-hand with efficiency since SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, which shows the cooling output from the unit with the amount of energy used to produce the cooling.
Like a car, you want to buy a system with a higher SEER rating since this shows high efficiency and energy savings. Modern, good HVACs with high SEER ratings will be great for your home to reach your desired temperatures while maintaining low energy usage.
Having a good heating and cooling system also means it is taken care of properly and stays in working condition. Unfortunately, when they get their HVAC, most homeowners forget to take care of it and get in the habit of routinely cleaning it.
When it comes to cleaning your HVAC, you need to take care of the outdoor and indoor units. Both parts of your system need to be kept up to ensure the longevity of the unit. Cleaning the parts is fairly straightforward, but if you feel intimidated to clean the outer compressor, you can have a technician do it for you.
One of the best ways you can protect the quality of your system is by scheduling a maintenance check twice a year. Regular maintenance checks include having a technician you trust, likely the one that installs the system, come over to your house to inspect the unit and make sure everything is okay and working the way it should.
Technician visits can also help you spot any eros in the unit or repairs that need to be made. It is best to schedule these technician check-ins twice a year. Before summer and winter are best so that you don’t run into any issues when the major weather changes occur. You don’t want to be stuck inside sweating or freezing because you waited too long to have your system checked.
However, there are things you can do in the meantime during the span between visits. Let’s talk about the indoor unit.
Your indoor unit consists of two major parts that need to be regularly cleaned: your air filters and ducts. The air filters play a big part in the cleanliness and production of fresh air in your home, and if the filters are not changed regularly, it could cause a build-up of dust.
Air filters are responsible for trapping pollutants and contaminants from passing into your home from the outside. The longer you keep your current air filter, the more blocked it will continue to be. When your filter can’t pass clean air, it can do one of two things (or both): pass through contaminants or back up your HVAC.
It is best to switch out your air filters every 3-6 months to keep your home free of pollutant-filled air. While you’re at it, check your ducts for any leaks that might be letting air out and dust. You can easily patch leaks with duct tape and vacuum out your ducts of any dust build-up produced by your air filter.
For the outdoor unit, there are more tedious steps. You first want to remove any debris or items that may have gotten near or inside your compressor, then turn the power off since you will be spraying it down with water.
Remove the top of the unit and spray it down once the power is off. Next, spray the coil cleaner and let it sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing it down with a coil cleaner brush and rinsing. Finally, you can reattach the top of the unit and turn the power back on.
The outdoor compressor should be cleaned about 2-3 times a year, the same amount of technician visits, so don’t feel afraid to ask them to clean the outdoor unit for you if you want.
Having a good heating and cooling system means having the right system for your home, one that produces the temperatures at your desired preference.
If you live in a home with more than one person, you likely run into the dilemma of people having differences in their temperatures. But there’s a way to fix that!
Ductless systems provide homeowners with the same heating and cooling temperatures a standard unit would, but with more energy preservation. You could save up to 30% on energy consumption with a ductless system because the homeowner fully controls these units.
Ductless systems are installed by attaching a box to your wall, ceiling, or baseboard and are connected to the refrigerant lines in your home. Several rooms can have ductless systems, and the good thing is that not every room with these systems has to be set to the same temperatures.
You may want your dining room set to a lower temperature than what it is set to in the bathroom, and that’s okay! Instead of producing the same temperature throughout the whole house like central units, ductless systems allow for differentiation at the homeowner’s discretion, which is one of the reasons why homeowners love these units.
Their only downfall is higher installation cost for the amount of work connecting lines.
Another good heating and cooling option that helps save the amount of energy used is water-based pumps. Water heating and cooling is a cheap option to install and works by pushing air at a higher temperature through a series of pipes to where it is needed.
Water heating and cooling can both occur, but it is best to place the water tank somewhere near the furnace room, so the air that’s pushed out is already at a higher temperature. They act like a boiler, which most schools likely use, and can also be used to cool.
If you have a water-based HVAC, the chiller machine will extract the higher temperatures from the water to lower the temperatures and cool your home.
Water-based HVACs are the cheapest to install, with most costing around $2,000-$3,000 to install.
Do you want to know one of the big secrets to find the right heating and cooling system for your home? The answer is finding the right company to install it!
Whether you are repairing your current system or needing to install a new one, you should have the help of trustworthy professionals working alongside you. Finding the right company is simple and can be done in a matter of steps.
First, you need to start looking for local companies in your area who offer the services you need. Browse the internet for at least 3-4 local companies in your area that help with HVAC needs. Write them down before you start going further.
As you browse the internet, pay attention to the company’s ratings. Google has a section where you can read the reviews left by previous clients, and you must check them out. Seeing what previous people have said about the company’s performance is important to get an indication of how the company meets the needs of its clients.
Once you have a list of a handful of businesses, it is time to consult with them face-to-face. When you meet with them, there are a few things you should discuss before selecting a company.
The first is expectations. What are your expectations for them, and how can they help you? Can you help install a top-notch, high-quality new unit or make the repairs you need to your current unit? If so, how long will it take?
Another important aspect to cover in your consultations is cost. The cost of a new HVAC installation is not cheap. You should expect to pay between $5,000-$11,000 for a new system, depending on how big the new unit is and what brand it is.
Since HVACs are a hefty investment, choosing the right company that best fits your price range for high-quality work is important.
Lastly, the company you choose should be trustworthy and helpful. If you consult with a company and you do not have a good gut feeling about them, take that into consideration. Investing in a new HVAC, even repairs, is important. You should have the right team there to help you.
Do not make any decisions about the company you’re working with until you consult with each of them. After consultations, please take a few days to digest the information each company has given you, talk it over with your partner, and then make your decision.
Want to make sure your HVAC is the best of the best? It is a good thing we can help!
Good heating and cooling systems mostly come from how well you work to preserve the quality but also making sure you choose a high-quality system to power your home to start with.
With that being said, don’t hire just anyone to help you.
We are the professionals at 128 Plumbing who have been helping residents in the Lynnfield, MA, area for the last 29 years to make sure their HVAC unit is ready for any weather possible. We handle the hard stuff for you, like routine checks, repairs, and we’re always ready to lend our expert advice when you have a question.
Your home is your sanctuary—it is where you escape after the long workday and where you make precious memories with loved ones. Enjoy the environment you’re in with the perfect temperatures we can help you achieve.
Call us today at 781-670-3261 to get started!