Purchasing a heating or air conditioning system is no small investment. However, if your existing system is old, in need of repair or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit, one which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago, can help you achieve long-term benefit, both in terms of money saved due to a more energy-efficient system and improved heating and cooling performance. Rather than continuing to pay for ongoing maintenance and costly monthly bills, invest in a new system today that will save you money for years to come.
There are many heating and air conditioning systems to choose from today. By contacting an HVAC dealer who specializes in Armstrong or Amana brand products, you have access to a vast degree of heating and air conditioning knowledge and experience to help you decide on the system that best fits your specific needs. The size and age of your home, number of rooms in your home, climate, locale, regional utility costs, degree days and utility incentive rebate programs are all factors to be considered when selecting a new system. Armstrong or Amana brand dealers, utilizing the latest technology, will discuss all of these factors with you when assisting you in choosing the best system for your home.
Consumers seeking to replace an existing system often choose a new unit with equal or higher efficiency ratings as compared to their previous system. Replacing a unit that is greater than 10 to 15 years old may reduce natural gas or electricity costs from 30 to 50%.
Contacting an Armstrong or Amana brand dealer can help you to define your initial cost, warranty protection, service options, maintenance options and operating cost. Once you have chosen a system, it is important to remember that proper installation is a major factor in maximizing its operating efficiency and your comfort level.
To install the most efficient HVAC system in your household, your installation contractor should first perform a detailed inspection. The inspection by your contractor should include, as a minimum, the inspection of your home’s ductwork, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil.
Maintenance and service play a key role in the lifecycle of a heating or air conditioning system. If all recommended maintenance and service actions are taken, it is believed that an air conditioner should last 12-15 years and a gas furnace should last from 20 to 25 years.
R-22 is the common name for hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). R-22 has been used as a refrigerant by HVAC manufacturers for over 40 years, but studies in the past decade have shown that the chlorine in HCFCs contribute to ozone depletion. For this reason, the United States Clean Air Act has set a target date for January 1, 2010, on which HVAC manufacturers must cease the manufacture of products that use R-22.
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