Electrician, Services,maintenance
Written by Larry Cook

Facts to Know Before Purchasing a New HVAC System – Part 1

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system in time for the hottest days of summer, this article will help by discussing some facts you should know. However, the most important resource will be a licensed electrician who is very experienced in installing HVACs. Make sure to contact one in your area to get the best results. 

Heating Capacity

A BTU (British Thermal Unit) is the measure for heating capacity. One BTU is needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by 1° Fahrenheit. Input capacity measures the volume of gas consumed by the heating unit. Output capacity measures the amount of heat generated. New systems typically have an input BTU rating that’s less than older ones because of greater efficiency. Larger output BTU ratings indicate units with superior heating capacities.

CFM (cubic feet per minute) measures the volume of air that passes a point every minute, and it is crucial for selecting an HVAC with the adequate capacity for a home.

Typically, the selection of an HVAC system is handled by the electrical contractor due to the complex measurements required to choose one that’s the proper capacity, size, and type. One that’s too large will waste energy and result in costlier utility bills. One that‘s too small will always be inadequate for the residents’ heating needs and work too hard, shortening its service life.

Cooling Capacity

An air conditioner’s capacity is the most important feature for selecting the unit that will be right for your home. For A/C units, the measurement for cooling capacity is a Ton.

One Ton is equivalent to approximately 12,000 BTUh (British Thermal Units Per Hour).

It is crucial to know the cooling capacity that your home will need as determined by its size and the needs of your family. An electrician experienced in HVAC installation can greatly aid your decision-making process after they make a thorough inspection of your home and evaluate its cooling needs.

Part 2 will cover Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Maintenance, and Noise Levels.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.