Many San Francisco Bay Area homeowners aren’t really sure of what HVAC stands for, or how modern systems have changed from those of a decade or two ago. HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is a system designed to increase home comfort while saving on energy costs. Today’s modern units are highly efficient, and can even help control other issues such as air that is too dry or too humid. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect if replacing your heating/cooling system with a modern HVAC unit.
Less energy consumption
Even if your current unit is only seven years old, many of today’s models are more energy efficient. In fact, newer units are better for the environment and for your wallet considering most are 20% to 60% more efficient than those just seven years old or older.
Improved home comfort
Anyone who lives in a home with air that is too humid or too dry knows it; those with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues can also tell when excess pollen, dust, or other allergens are in the air. Newer HVAC systems help balance humidity levels so that your home is not only comfortable temperature-wise, but in terms of moisture as well. High-performance filters are far more efficient at removing pollen, dust, dander, and smaller particles, keeping the air in your home cleaner and healthier.
Older HVAC systems worked primarily to move warm or cool air into your home, depending on the season. Today’s units not only provide heated or cooled air, but move the cold air outdoors in winter, and the hot air outdoors in summer months.
The importance of good duct work
No HVAC system can perform at its peak if your ducts are old and leaky. If joints are not properly joined or holes or other damage exists, it will affect home comfort – and even bring contaminants indoors. Prior to having a new HVAC system installed in your home, have the duct work inspected to ensure that it is in good working order.
Keeping your Bay Area home warm and comfortable this winter season can cost you less, particularly if your heating/cooling system is older than seven years. If older than 10 years, it is definitely time for a more energy efficient system! You will notice the difference not only in energy costs, but the quality of the air inside your home.
For more information on today’s HVAC systems and the options available, contact the Bay Area HVAC professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning.