6 Benefits of a 2-Stage Variable Speed Furnace

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6 Benefits of a 2-Stage Variable Speed Furnace

A two-stage variable speed furnace offers a number of advantages for heating a home and can be a smart investment when choosing a new furnace.

What is a 2-stage variable speed furnace?

A variable speed furnace has an electronically commutated motor (ECM). It is a DC motor that is able to achieve greater efficiency than most AC motors. While the initial cost of a furnace with an ECM will be higher than a traditional furnace, the typical payback is four to five years.

How does it work?

The variable speed furnace varies the amount of circulated air, unlike conventional motors that operate at one constant speed. By monitoring data from the heating and cooling system, the furnace adjusts for greater comfort and efficiency of operation. This allows the system to compensate for factors like dirty filters or blocked vents by increasing the fan speed. The majority of the time, the first stage operates running at about 65% capacity. When the temperature drops, the second stage kicks in for added warmth.

What are the key benefits?

1. ECMs are low-maintenance

ECMs cycle on and off much less frequently than single-stage furnaces. As a result, there is much less stress put on the furnace. This means minimal risk of breakdowns and a longer operating life for the system.

2. Energy efficient

Unlike a single-stage furnace that only has a high capacity setting, a two-stage furnace operates the majority of the time at the low capacity stage. Therefore, the system uses much less energy overall, even though it operates more often.

3. Can reduce operating costs 

The combination of greater energy efficiency, minimal maintenance, fewer repairs and longer operating life all translates to reduced operating costs over the life of the system.

4. Quieter operation 

Another benefit of the two-stage furnace running at low output most of the time, is a great reduction of the operating sounds typically associated with traditional heating systems that constantly cycle on and off through many short, full-blast cycles.

5. More even temperatures (increased comfort)

The consistent operation at the lower output stage (less cycling on and off) means your home maintains a more constant temperature. A single-stage furnace, that blasts your home with a large amount of heat every time the system turns on can create temperature spikes and dips. A two-stage furnace, however, operates longer than a single-stage furnace (and at a lower setting), which allows it to heat your home more consistently and with much smaller temperature fluctuations.

6. Improved indoor air quality

The design of the two-stage furnace with its longer heating cycles sends the circulated air through the system’s filtration devices more often than a single-stage furnace. More particles are removed from the air so your home maintains a higher level of freshly filtered air.

Because a two-stage furnace has longer heating cycles than a single-stage furnace, air is sent through your system’s filtration devices more often. This leads to better air quality because more particles are removed from the air and your home will have a more consistent supply of freshly filtered air.

Do you have more questions about two-stage variable speed furnaces? The professionals at Rheem Pro Partners are here to help with all your HVAC needs. Contact us today. We proudly serve the Colorado and Wyoming region.

What Size Furnace Do I Need and How is it Determined?

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What Size Furnace Do I Need and How is it Determined?

Choosing a new furnace for your home means evaluating a number of features, and at the top of that list should be selecting the right furnace size. Even the most efficient furnace model, if too big or too small, will not function properly. You can approximate the correct size on your own, but be sure to discuss how to calculate furnace size accurately with your HVAC technician.

Why does furnace size matter?

The size of the furnace is critical for performance. Size impacts the furnace’s efficiency, cost and lifespan, as well as its ability to provide comfort in your home. Understand that over the life of the furnace, bigger does not necessarily mean more powerful (as in providing more heat) and smaller doesn’t necessarily mean less expensive. The most important thing is to choose the right size.

If your furnace is too big…

An oversized furnace is more likely to heat your home unevenly. It will turn on when it gets cold and heat up some areas of the home too quickly. When those rooms become uncomfortably hot, the heater will shut off, leaving other areas of the home still cold. That frequent cycling is less efficient and raises your energy costs.

If your furnace is too small…

Similarly, a furnace that is too small will be unable to adequately heat your entire home, leaving some areas cold and causing the system to run longer or turn on frequently. The extra wear and tear will possibly lead to more breakdowns and repair and may also shorten the lifespan of the furnace.

How to determine the right size furnace for your home

There are two ways to determine the correct size furnace for your home.

1. Approximate Calculation

Determine the square footage. This may be written somewhere in your purchase documents, or you can measure it yourself. Next, determine the base BTU. The British Thermal Unit is the amount of energy used to cool one square foot of your home, approximately 25 BTUs. Multiply the number of square feet by 25 to get the base BTU measurement. Lastly, if your home has high ceilings (over 8 feet) increase the BTU amount by 25%.

2. The Professional Method (Manual J)

Your HVAC technician can obtain a more precise measurement using Manual J calculations, which consider a number of factors in addition to square footage. These include the number of people in the home; the climate; the number, placement and orientation of windows; the amount of insulation in the walls and more.

Rheem Pro Partners can determine the proper furnace size to maximize comfort and efficiency in your home. Contact us today for more information. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

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Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

The middle of winter is certainly not the best time to discover that you have a worn-out furnace. Certain factors may precipitate the immediate need for a replacement, while others are less urgent and may afford you some time to research and shop for the best deals. Here are some conditions to consider to help you decide whether repair or replacement is your best course of action for keeping your home safe and comfortable.

Your furnace is emitting carbon dioxide.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can cause death when inhaled over a long period. It is known as the silent killer because it is often undetected. A cracked combustion chamber allows your furnace to leak carbon monoxide into your home and should be replaced immediately. These signs could indicate that your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide and should be checked right away:

  • The furnace burner flame is yellow instead of blue
  • Excess moisture forms on windows, walls and other surfaces
  • Rust appears on pipes
  • Streaks of soot are visible around the furnace
  • There is no upward draft in the chimney
  • People in the home experience feelings of nausea, disorientation, headaches and other flu-like symptoms

The cost of repair is more than half the cost of replacement; repairs are more serious and more frequent.

If the repair would cost less than half the cost of a new furnace, it is probably more cost-effective to repair it than replace it. However, the age of the furnace is an important factor as well. If your furnace has reached more than three-quarters of its life expectancy and the repair is one-third or more of the cost of a replacement, it is better to replace it. Experiencing more frequent breakdowns and subsequent repairs is another point in favor of replacement. Keep in mind that a new furnace is going to be more efficient and reliable than your current system and will be less expensive to operate over its lifetime.

You are planning to sell your home soon.

Homebuyers want to know that their new home will provide comfort and safety. A new furnace will not likely increase your home’s value, but it can be an important selling point as it is a costly item that addresses those concerns. A furnace that is found to be at the end of its life expectancy during an inspection will probably need to be replaced. Without that, potential buyers may pass on the house or ask for a reduced price.

Furnace is more than 15 years old.

Most furnaces have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. If it is still working well, replacing it isn’t urgent, but keep in mind that technology is constantly improving. A new furnace could be more affordable than you think once you factor in greater efficiency (lower energy bills) and possible rebates. Rather than waiting for your furnace to fail, begin the process of investigating a new system, which can be installed at your convenience and preserve the comfort of your home.

Heating bills are rising.

Heating costs fluctuate from season to season due to a variety of factors. If, however, you notice that your bills are steadily increasing, it could be time to invest in a new, more efficient system.

Furnace is less effective.

If your furnace is not heating your home as well from year to year, you may need maintenance or you may be ready for a replacement. Ineffective furnaces run nonstop or cycle frequently in order to maintain the proper temperature and comfort level, which uses more energy than necessary. An ineffective furnace can also cause hot or cold spots in your home.

Furnace makes strange noises.

All furnaces make some noise when they turn on, but sounds that are becoming louder or are unusual, such as rattling, popping, screeching or humming, should be checked out by your HVAC technician. Some noises are more serious than others. Pay attention to the type of sound and where it is coming from to help the technician diagnose the cause.

Furnace warranty has expired.

If your furnace is out of warranty, frequent or serious repairs can add up quickly.

If you are experiencing more than three of these conditions, replacing your furnace rather than continuing to repair it makes sense. Replacing an old furnace with a new furnace that has a higher AFUE (today’s furnaces are as high as 98.5%) can greatly offset the cost of a new system with lower energy bills and no or minimal repairs.

Rheem Pro Partners are ready to help you purchase and install the furnace that is perfect for your home and budget. Contact us today. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

What Happens if the Air Filter Isn’t Changed in a Furnace or Air Conditioner?

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What Happens if the Air Filter Isn’t Changed in a Furnace or Air Conditioner?

The HVAC system is one of the most expensive investments in a home, yet keeping it in top condition year after year is actually fairly simple and inexpensive. In addition to annual maintenance by a trained technician, the main way to keep your furnace and air conditioner running properly is to change the air filter every 60 to 90 days (depending on how quickly it gets dirty and clogged). This small task is often overlooked, but not doing it is the most common cause of bigger, costlier problems. Changing the air filter regularly is the best way to ensure the ideal comfort level in your home.

Here is a look at what can happen when the filter isn’t changed regularly.

Loss of efficient heating

Air filters trap the dirt, dust and other particles in the air inside your home to prevent it from getting into your heating and cooling system and being recirculated throughout your home. Eventually, the filter becomes clogged with debris and air can no longer pass through it freely. Without sufficient airflow, the equipment has to work harder to adequately heat or cool the home and keep it at a comfortable temperature. This takes more energy for the same result. You may experience this as short cycling, where the furnace turns on and off repeatedly throughout the day.

Higher energy bills

With a dirty air filter, the HVAC system works harder to maintain the proper temperature in your home. It is using more energy to achieve that level of comfort than it would have to with a clean air filter. That extra work requires more energy and that means higher energy bills.

Total loss of heating or cooling

A dirty air filter will eventually block all airflow through your HVAC system and cause operating problems such as the complete loss of heating or cooling. This can happen if the filter goes without replacement or cleaning for well past the recommended 60-90 days. Chances are the problem is the result of a mechanical failure due to overworking the system and will require repair or replacement. An even greater danger is the possibility of the furnace overheating and starting a fire. The cost is time and inconvenience of any of these issues will be way higher than simply replacing the filter in a timely manner.

Poor air quality

The quality of a home’s indoor air is impacted in part by how the filtration system in the furnace or air conditioner works. When the air filter is clogged, it is no longer able to remove dust and debris. Those particles end up in the air ducts and released into your home along with the circulated heated or cooled air. This is especially dangerous for those with asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems, but clean indoor air impacts everyone’s comfort.

Shortened lifespan

Excessive wear and tear due to a dirty air filter (or any lack of maintenance) will shorten the life of the furnace or air conditioner and require a replacement sooner than would otherwise be necessary.

Frozen coil

An air conditioner that runs harder because of a clogged air filter risks having the cooling coil freeze. This prevents the air conditioner from working.

Save time, money and inconvenience and keep your HVAC running efficiently by replacing the filters as needed. To make it as easy as possible, set a reminder on your phone or computer and stock up on filters for the season or year to be sure you always have a new one on hand.

Contact Rheem Pro Partners today with any questions about your current HVAC system or to purchase a new one. We are experts on keeping your HVAC efficient and your home comfortable all year long. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Top 10 Considerations When Buying a New Furnace this Winter

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Top 10 Considerations When Buying a New Furnace this Winter

Have you considered purchasing a new furnace this winter? Make sure you evaluate the following features to ensure you are making a wise investment.

Things you should consider before buying a replacement furnace.

1. Fuel Type

There are 3 possible fuel sources: electricity, natural gas, and propane.

  • Electric
    Electric furnaces draw heat from electricity, so they tend to increase your utility bill.
  • Gas
    Gas furnaces offer a less expensive alternative to electric furnaces. They are powered by natural gas.
  • Oil/propane
    Oil/propane furnaces provide a good option for homes that don’t possess gas lines. Oil furnaces tend to be dirtier than their electric and gas counterparts and take up more space.

2. Energy Efficiency

A furnace should not waste energy. Check energy ratings to ensure that your replacement furnace will run efficiently.

3. Indoor Air Quality

Your furnace plays a large role in indoor air quality. If the furnace runs poorly, chances are high that pollutants and allergens will get into the system. The furnace then circulates these particles through the air in your home.

4. Price

Cheaper is not always better. Your gut might say to go with the most inexpensive option, but remember that you often get what you pay for. Take the time to weigh cost against features.

5. Size

Choosing a correctly-sized furnace makes all the difference in the world. A furnace that is too small for your home will overwork itself, while a furnace that is too large will constantly turn on and off, driving up your utility bill.

6. Warranty

Make sure you understand what type of warranty the furnace offers and how long it lasts.

7. Zoning

Zoning systems are great for houses that don’t receive even air distribution. They divide the house into sections and allow you to control each section independently.

8. Speed Blowers

Variable speed blowers allow you to change the speed at which your furnace blows air. This results in a more even temperature distribution.

9. Rebates and Incentives

Certain incentives for purchasing high-efficiency equipment include money back in your bank account. Ask about potential rebates and incentives that might come with the furnace you are considering.

10. Installation

Before purchasing a new furnace, ask yourself who will be responsible for installing it. Your contractor should be honest, reputable, and experienced.

Why is installation quality such a big deal?

Untrained technicians can make a lot of mistakes that will cause you problems and cost you money. To avoid installation errors and long-term repair issues, it is important to hire a quality contractor to install your new furnace.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact the Rheem Pro Partner today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

6 Reasons Why Changing Your Furnace Filter is So Important

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6 Reasons Why Changing Your Furnace Filter is So Important

HVAC system maintenance is important both for functionality and for home comfort. Changing your furnace filter is one way to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

Why is it so important to change your furnace filter?

1. It saves money.

When your air filter is functioning properly, your HVAC system runs more efficiently. This conserves energy, lowering your utility bill. It also prevents the need for future repairs, which makes the upfront cost of replacement filters much more appealing.

2. It increases your furnace’s lifespan.

A clogged filter can result in an overworked system, reducing your furnace’s lifespan and turning “replacement time” into a necessity rather than an option.

3. It improves indoor air quality.

An old furnace filter loses its ability to trap pollutants and allergens. Dirty air is circulated, causing health concerns. A new filter captures these allergens, making the air being circulated safe to breathe.

4. It reduces the need for repairs.

Regularly changing your furnace filter keeps other problems at bay. A clean filter means fewer repairs.

5. It increases energy efficiency.

As already mentioned, an efficient system produces efficient energy use. A clean filter helps prevent energy waste.

6. It keeps the furnace and your home clean.

Do you enjoy breathing fresh air? That is the air filter’s job. A clean filter results in clean air, which results in happy skin, eyes, and lungs.

How often should you change your furnace’s air filter?

There are several principles you should consider when deciding whether or not you should change your furnace filter.

  • High-efficiency filters do not need to be changed as often as filters with low MERV ratings.
  • Your furnace filter will likely need to be changed in peak seasons of use, such as winter (heating) and summer (air conditioning). During these periods of frequent system use, you should check your filter monthly and replace it as needed.
  • Households containing pets or smokers typically require regular filter changes. More contaminants in the air (pet hair, dander, smoking byproducts, etc.) result in clogged filters.

Look for a manufacturer recommendation on your air filter’s packaging that lists the filer’s standard lifespan.

How else can you protect your HVAC system?

On top of changing your furnace filter regularly, you should schedule routine HVAC tune-ups by a licensed professional. Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid problems and save money on future repairs.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact the Rheem Pro Partner today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

8 Top HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

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8 Top HVAC Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

Did you know that your pets can decrease the performance of your HVAC system? Fur, dander, and other tracked-in particles can get inside the system, lowering indoor air quality. Minimize your household’s allergens by applying the following HVAC maintenance tips.

Maintenance Tips for Pet Owners

1. Bathe your pets often.

Dirt and debris cling to your pets’ coats when they come in from outside. This dirt then transfers itself from their fur to your furniture, the air, and eventually the ductwork. Bathing your pets regularly cuts down on the pollutants being brought into the house.

2. Clean your home regularly.

While bathing your pets helps, it won’t eliminate dirt entirely. Dust and mop often to keep floors and furniture from gathering too much dirt.

3. Change your air filter.

Airborne hair and dander tend to accumulate very quickly in standard air filters. A clogged air filter can result in air quality problems. Change your filter regularly to ensure maximum HVAC system efficiency.

4. Deep-clean your carpet.

No matter how often you vacuum or spot-clean your carpet, allergens get trapped deep inside the pile. Eventually, these allergens can be stirred up and become airborne, cycling through your home. Deep-cleaning your carpet every six months eliminates “nesting” and cuts down on airborne particles.

5. Clean your air ducts.

Your air ducts provide the passageway for the air being circulated through your home. Having them professionally cleaned ensures that no hidden dirt is contributing to poor indoor air quality.

6. Seal your air ducts.

Sealing/insulating your air ducts not only prevents bad air from getting in, it encourages good air circulation and distribution.

7. Cover your condenser unit.

Keeping your condenser closed protects it from curious outdoor pets who might damage it.

8. Invest in an air purifier.

Whole house electronic air purifiers can remove up to 99% of airborne particles, reducing health risks and increasing HVAC system efficiency. Air cleaners are a great investment for pet owners in particular.

Don’t forget to schedule your professional tune-up!

As important as it is to clean and maintain things yourself, it’s also important that you hire a licensed technician to check your HVAC system once or twice a year. A professional can catch problems in the system early, saving you larger expenses later.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact the Rheem Pro Partner today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

6 Common HVAC Installation Mistakes and How They Can Cost You Money

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6 Common HVAC Installation Mistakes and How They Can Cost You Money

To avoid future issues and expenses, it is important that your HVAC system is installed correctly. We have prepared a helpful guide of things to watch out for, including a careless contractor.

What are some common HVAC installation mistakes?

1. Don’t choose the wrong contractor.

The most important thing you can do when installing an HVAC system is to find a great contractor. An inexperienced or lazy contractor can make a great deal of mistakes, costing you both time and money. Take the time to find an honest, reputable technician to successfully install your HVAC system.

2. Avoid installing an incorrectly sized system.

An inexperienced contractor will often install an HVAC system that is either too small or too large for the house in question. A small furnace will result in poor air distribution and an overworked system, while a large furnace will constantly turn on and off. Both will increase your utility bill.

3. Make sure you have properly designed air distribution.

One of the HVAC system’s functions is to distribute heating and cooling evenly throughout the home. If there is a flaw in the distribution design, then the air being circulated is uneven. This results in some rooms being too hot and some being too cold.

4. Don’t waste energy due to faulty ductwork.

Cheap ductwork and poor workmanship leads to future leaks, drafts, and expenses. Your contractor should install ductwork with care.

5. Watch out for an ill-functioning exhaust system.

A proper exhaust system is important for your safety and health. Furnaces produce carbon monoxide, which needs to be vented away from the building. An exhaust that is sized incorrectly or installed poorly can cause a backup.

6. Ensure you have a fully functional drainage system.

Air conditioners produce waste water that must be drained safely. Improper installation leads to water leaks and frozen pipes.

How do these mistakes cost you money?

HVAC installation mistakes can cause you several problems.

  • Shortened HVAC lifespan:
    A system that functions incorrectly is one that functions poorly. Careless mistakes will decrease the lifespan of your HVAC system, resulting in expensive replacement costs.
  • Lower efficiency:
    Installation mistakes can cause your HVAC system to waste energy, lowering efficiency.
  • Decrease in home comfort:
    HVAC installation errors result in uneven heating and cooling, allergens, and poor indoor air quality. All of these things lower the level of comfort in your home.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact the Rheem Pro Partner today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

Is a Mini-split Ductless System the Answer to the Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home?

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Is a Mini-split Ductless System the Answer to the Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home?

A mini-split ductless system — a heating and cooling alternative that doesn’t require air ducts — can solve a number of problems, even in a home that has existing HVAC equipment.

What is a Mini-Split Ductless System?

Mini-split ductless systems are designed to heat or cool one specific room or zone, which is why they don’t require ductwork to move air throughout the home. With a multi-split ductless system, multiple indoor units (up to five) can be connected to one outdoor unit. This allows for independent control of the temperature in various areas.

Where are Mini-Split Ductless Systems Typically Used?

Mini-splits are ideal for homes without a central heating and cooling system already in place (so no existing ductwork). They are also a cost-effective solution for room additions or converted living spaces. Connecting a new or renovated space to the home’s central air system can be expensive and may even require an upgrade to handle the additional space.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Splits

Small size

The indoor unit can be mounted on a wall or ceiling or even in a closet.

Easy installation

Installation requires only a three-inch hole in the wall for the conduit. However, a professional installer is recommended to ensure proper design and installation.

Flexibility and convenience 

Separate controls for each unit make it easy to tailor heating (or cooling) to your family’s specific needs by lowering (or raising) the temperature in rooms that are not being used or to meet the unique requirements of different rooms and people in the household.

Remote control

Remote controls allow you to control the temperature of the room you are in, without having to rely on a central thermostat that controls the entire home.

Doubles as air conditioning and heating system

Ductless mini-split is one system that can provide both heating and cooling with the same equipment.

Sleek, modern look 

The unit can be seamlessly adapted to fit any decor.

Saves money and energy, gain efficiency

Traditional central air systems use ductwork to move the air throughout the home. The heated or cooled air can be wasted through tiny leaks and cracks in the ducts or, if the ducts are dirty, the equipment may require more energy to maintain the comfort level of the home. Mini-splits are high-efficiency systems that eliminate the ductwork, and the flexibility of zone or room control further maximizes their efficiency. As a result, mini-splits are less expensive to operate than central air systems.

No ductwork

Ductwork needs to be maintained and can develp leaks that make the system less efficient.

Safer

Window air conditioners provide inadvertent access to intruders.

Longer lifespans

A well-maintained ductless system can last 20 years, compared to 15 years for a traditional ducted HVAC system.

Tax credits and rebates

Various tax credits, rebates and other incentives may be available for heat pump upgrades.

Ductless Mini-Split Disadvantages

Higher upfront costs than some systems

While they are less expensive to operate, they are more expensive to install.

Some people may not like the look of the indoor units

The units are visible, unlike a furnace and air conditioner that are typically separate from the living areas of the home.

Rheem Pro Partners, in Colorado and Wyoming, can answer all your questions about mini-split ductless systems and help with all your heating and cooling needs. Contact us today for an estimate.

8 Tips on How to Check an HVAC System When Buying a Home

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8 Tips on How to Check an HVAC System When Buying a New Home

Whether purchasing a brand new home, or a home that is new to you, making sure you understand your HVAC system from the start will go a long way toward insuring your comfort and safety in your new place. For an older home purchase, getting an HVAC inspection and scheduling maintenance is especially important.

While checking out the bedrooms and the kitchen appliances, be sure to look at the HVAC equipment too. For starters, review the stat sheet on the house you are interested in for a list of the types of HVAC equipment, as well as the fuel used to power them. If that information is missing, be sure to ask.

Here are some tips for evaluating the HVAC equipment in a potential home.

1. Understand what your HVAC system includes.

In addition to the furnace, air conditioner and water heater, the HVAC system might include a programmable thermostat and indoor air quality accessories. Many HVAC systems also include ductwork.

2. Visually inspect the equipment.

Does the equipment appear to be in good condition? Does it make noises that are concerning? Make a note of anything that seems unusual and be sure to have your home inspector check it out. You can also hire an HVAC professional to do an inspection.

3. Ask about the system’s age.

HVAC equipment typically lasts 10 to 15 years. If the equipment is in that range, you may wish to ask for it to be replaced, even if it has been well-maintained. New equipment will have far greater energy efficiency and reliability, making it much more cost effective to operate. The Department of Energy estimates that a 12-year-old central air conditioner that is replaced with a new Energy Star model can reduce air conditioning energy costs by 30 percent.

4. Look for the energy label.

Even if the equipment is newer, look for the yellow energy label for the energy efficiency rating and the estimated operating costs compared to similar equipment. The Energy Star logo indicates greater efficiency than standard equipment. Check the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) for boilers and furnaces and the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating for air conditioners. When judging these ratings, keep in mind the overall maintenance the equipment has received.

5. Understand the warranty.

Ask about the warranty and any maintenance agreements. Find out if they transfer to the new owners.

6. Ask about past maintenance and repairs.

HVAC technicians sometimes leave behind a dated job ticket when they service an air conditioner, boiler, furnace or heat pump either attached to the unit or posted nearby. This type of information is a record of what has been done to the system. Check for frequent repairs, especially big-ticket items like blower motors or compressors. These could signal trouble that the equipment may need to be replaced soon.

7. Pay attention to the comfort levels in different rooms.

Cold, drafty spots or hot, stuffy spots could indicate a problem such as leaks or poor insulation.

8. Schedule a professional inspection and preventative maintenance.

Have the HVAC system inspected before you close on the house. At the very least, have a certified HVAC technician come out and do a thorough cleaning and maintenance before you move in.

A certified HVAC technician is an invaluable resource when you purchase a home. He or she will explain the system to you, provide recommendations for what you need to do to keep the system running as efficiently as possible, answer any additional questions you have and give you a good idea of how much life is left in the system. Keep in mind, an older system doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced. A well-maintained gas furnace or boiler can last between 15-20 years, while a heat pump or central air conditioner can last 10-15 years.

For your new home HVAC inspection, contact your Rheem Pro Partner in Colorado and Wyoming today!