HVAC Installation 101: What to Expect When Upgrading

HVAC Installation 101: What to Expect When Upgrading. Repairman installing an AC unit.

You can look forward to peace of mind when you replace your outdated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in your Seattle home.

Expect lower utility bills, improved indoor air quality (IAQ), enhanced energy efficiency, better temperature and humidity control, less noise, and a longer-lasting heating and cooling system.

Ballard Natural Gas Services can even help you select a high-efficiency unit that will qualify for a federal tax credit. We proudly offer Trane HVAC products, Mitsubishi Electric ductless systems, and Navien water heaters, but our experts also maintain, repair, and install all equipment makes and models.

We have served the Greater Seattle community for over 30 years, providing HVAC solutions to homeowners and businesses.

When to Upgrade HVAC

The average lifespan for central air conditioners and heat pumps is 12 to 15 years. Gas furnaces may last 15 to 25 years. Longevity depends on equipment quality and maintenance frequency.

Living with an old HVAC system until it breaks down merely delays the inevitable. You may save a few dollars trying to keep it working as long as possible but spend more money as your old equipment becomes less efficient. The sooner you upgrade an outdated unit, the faster you will reap the benefits of a new system, off-setting purchase costs over time.

What to Consider Before Installation

  • Get at least three quotes. The written estimate should include the cost, the specific equipment you plan to buy, any alterations needed in your home to accommodate the new equipment, payment terms, and if the company will obtain permits.
  • Be sure you are working with a reputable company by reading its website and online reviews. Ask if the company is licensed, bonded, and insured.
  • Review warranties for the system you plan to buy.
  • Understand the efficiency ratings. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2 (SEER2) describes how efficiently heat pumps and air conditioners cool your home. For example, Trane offers air conditioners from 14.5 to more than 21 SEER2 and heat pumps with high SEER2 ratings of over 20.

The heating efficiency of heat pumps is the heating seasonal performance factor 2(HSPF2). One of Trane’s most efficient heat pumps, the XV20i, offers up to 20.5 SEER and 8.7 HSPF2.

The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating indicates gas furnace efficiency. A high-efficiency furnace with a 97 AFUE converts 97 percent of its fuel into heat. In all three categories, SEER2, HSPF2, and AFUE, the higher the rating, the more efficient the equipment.

  • Ask about variable- and two-speed blowers that adjust their speed to provide the precise airflow needed to maintain comfort while saving energy.  

High-Efficiency Systems

High-efficiency HVAC equipment saves money on utility bills because it uses less natural gas or electricity to maintain comfort in your CITY home. According to ENERGY STAR®, replacing your outdated heating and cooling system with equipment it has certified can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $140.

A standard efficiency unit may be appropriate if you have low energy bills and a smaller home with fewer heating and cooling needs.

If you want the biggest bang for your buck, consider installing a heat pump instead of traditional heating and cooling equipment.

Heat pumps are more efficient than gas furnaces. They also have no emissions because they transfer heat instead of burning fuel to create heat. Ask our Ballard Natural Gas Service experts if a heat pump is right for your home.

Get a Tax Break for Upgrading Your HVAC

The Inflation Reduction Act has extended 30 percent tax credits through 2032 for high-efficiency HVAC systems and other home improvements. Maximum credits are:

  • Air conditioners, furnaces, and boilers—$600
  • Air-source heat pumps$2,000
  • Gas water heaters—$600
  • Heat pump water heaters—$2,000

Maintain Your New Equipment

Manufacturers typically make preventative maintenance a part of their warranty requirements. You keep up your end of the agreement by scheduling annual or annual tune-ups, and the warranty remains effective.

Make Ballard Natural Gas Service your go-to for preventative maintenance. Our qualified technicians will inspect your equipment for wear and safety, clean and adjust components, test for efficiency and performance, and make repairs as needed.

Consider Upgrading Today!

Ballard Natural Gas Servies can recommend the best heating and cooling system for your Seattle, Washington, home. Call us at 206-784-8101 or request service online.

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