You rely on your home’s HVAC system to provide relief from the heat and humidity of Birmingham, Alabama’s long summers and to take the chill off winter nights. Heat pumps and central air conditioning systems have a lifespan of about 12 to 15 years, and furnaces last for about 20 to 25 years. When your home needs a new HVAC system installation, keep these three features in mind.
Select Energy-efficient Features
Today’s new HVAC systems have energy-efficient features that lower your home’s energy usage without sacrificing your comfort. These energy-efficient features include variable speed motors and 2 stage compressors. These motors and compressors automatically run at the lowest speed necessary for achieving and maintaining your home’s temperature. This results in lower energy consumption and reduced utility bills, explains the Department of Energy. Some other energy-efficient features include heat waste recovery and back-up burners.
Choose Enhanced Comfort Options
The 2 stage compressors allow the HVAC system to run longer but with fewer cycles. Not only does this lower energy consumption and system wear and tear, but it also enhances your comfort. The longer cycles mean better ventilation for your home. More fresh air is brought in from outdoors, filtered and blown into your home’s living spaces. The 2 stage compressors also do a great job at lowering humidity levels in your home.
Add Convenience With a Smart Thermostat
New HVAC systems offer compatibility with smart thermostats. With a smart thermostat, you could lower utility bills and track your energy usage, explains Energy Star. The smart thermostat’s software can learn your temperature preferences and usual schedule. It can then automatically adjust the temperature of your home when you’re away. This reduces energy usage without sacrificing comfort. You can also control the temperature of your home with an app on your phone.
For more information about how an HVAC system installation could benefit your home, look at Skelton’s Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.’s HVAC replacement services, or give us a call.