When it comes time for you to either replace or install a new HVAC system it can be a bit overwhelming to fully know & understand which heating and air conditioning system will work best for your home in Charleston.
Homes in Charleston come in all shapes and sizes, dating as far back as the 1700’s, to new homes only just completed here in 2017. With the range of different home architecture types and ages, an HVAC system must too, come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate the unique spaces here in the Lowcountry.
Despite the complexity of the home or system, however, there are certain characteristics (listed below) that can be applied to any situation that will allow you to know for sure that the HVAC system you’re choosing will be the best fit for you and your family’s comfort needs.
With homeowners reporting nearly 30-50% monthly energy savings with high-efficiency air conditioning installations, it’s clear that the best HVAC system for your Charleston home can – and will – save you money in the long run.
Knowing a system’s efficiency is as easy as knowing its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER rating. Without getting into to too many technical details, essentially the SEER rating allows you to understand how much energy will be needed for the system to produce an expected output (cool air, for example) over a certain time period.
High efficiency systems have high SEER ratings (18 and above), meaning you get more output (your cool, conditioned air) while using less or the same amount energy. This also means your system won’t have to run as often to keep you comfortable, which leads to lower energy use and lower energy bills.
When we say “sized correctly” we mean that the output of a system correctly matches the size or makeup of your home. To understand the importance of proper sizing consider these two scenarios:
If your system is over-sized, it will do what is known as “short-cycling”. Remember air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from your home’s air. If your system is too large it will cool your home too quickly, leaving uncomfortable, humid air behind.
If your system is undersized, it will constantly run. This will drive up your energy bills and there’s a chance you’ll never be able to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home.
As mentioned above, HVAC system types come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you have a traditional central air conditioner system with a furnace, a heat pump system that can both cool and heat your home year-round or a ductless mini-split system — or some combination of these — the system type will fit perfectly with your home’s specific architecture and resource availability.
With dozens of manufacturers and brands out there producing high quality products, like Trane & Mitsubishi, the best HVAC system for your home will carry a brand name that has a reputation for reliability, longevity and performance.
No matter which brand you’re thinking about going with, be sure to hire an HVAC contractor that is factory trained and certified by that company to install the system, which — in most cases — allows you to get a longer warranty for your system.
All things considered, you could get the right sized system with the best efficiency, system type and brand, however if you don’t get the right HVAC team to install it, you most likely won’t be happy with the results.
From system design & estimating to installation, maintenance and repair, hiring the right HVAC company in Charleston, is a sure-fire way to know that you’ll be getting the absolute best system for your Lowcountry home.