Home AC System Replacement Pittsburgh

FAQs


Below are some of the most common questions homeowners ask about heating and air conditioning systems. Just click on the question that interests you to go directly to the answer.

• Why should I replace my existing heating or air
conditioning system?

• How expensive are air conditioning and heat pump systems?

• How do I select the right heating/cooling system?

• What is involved in replacing an old system?

• What is involved in installing a new system?

• How long can I expect a new system to last?

• Should I change my indoor coil?

Q: Why should I replace my existing heating or air conditioning system?

A: You may consider Home AC System Replacement or heating system replacement if it is old, inefficient or in need of repair. Today’s systems are as much as 60% more efficient than those systems manufactured as little as ten years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained, wear and tear on a system can reduce the actual or realized efficiency of the system.
If you are concerned about utility bills or are faced with an expensive repair, you may want to consider Home AC System Replacement rather than enduring another costly season or paying to replace an expensive component. The utility cost savings of a new unit may provide an attractive return on your investment.
If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.
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Q: How expensive are air conditioning and heat pump systems?

A: Many factors affect the cost of a heating or air conditioning system, including the size of your home, the type and condition of the ductwork installed and accessories you might need such as a thermostat or an electronic air cleaner. Climate Systems has a complete range of systems and accessories available to meet all your needs, including your financial ones! Climate Systems will be happy to assist you in finding the right system to meet not only your comfort needs, but also your household budget.
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Q: How do I select the right heating/cooling system?

A: First, make sure the unit is properly sized. Climate Systems can provide a load calculation and an energy analysis to determine operating cost for your home.
Next, consider any comfort issues in the home. Some products can reduce air stratification and uneven temperatures from room to room. If you have allergies, an indoor unit with an ECM motor will allow you to circulate the air in your home continuously while filtering the air for about the same cost as operating a standard light bulb.
Finally, know your budget parameters and the efficiency of the system being proposed. Does the system offer a payback? In other words, will the monthly savings over time offset the cost of the new unit or efficiency option being considered?
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Q: What is involved in replacing an old system?

A: Aside from the placement of the new equipment, Climate Systems will inspect several items and make a determination of whether or not these items need to be supplied or replaced. Some of the items include: 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.
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Q: What is involved in installing a new system?

A: If a system is being added to the home for the first time, most of the items noted in the previous question and answer may be required to install the new system. Besides the equipment, the most significant component is ductwork. The ductwork can be either metal or fiberglass ductwork. The ductwork needs to be properly sized to deliver the right amount of air to each room. The ductwork consists of supply and return ductwork. The supply duct is attached to the outlet of the furnace or air handler and delivers air to individual zones in your home. Climate Systems can determine the size of the ductwork going into a space by the amount of air that needs to be delivered to the space.
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Q: How long can I expect a new system to last?

A: If you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested for your unit, industry averages suggest that an air conditioner should last 12-15 years and a gas furnace should last as many as 20-25 years.
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Q: Should I change my indoor coil?

A: When replacing your air conditioner or heat pump, the answer is most likely yes. The efficiency ratings that are advertised for an air conditioner or heat pump are based on the performance as part of a matched system. If only the outdoor portion is changed, the efficiency and savings could be less than that of a matched system.
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