HVAC Basics

A Quick Study Guide for Homeowners

There’s a lot to think about when buying a heat pump, gas furnace, or central air conditioning system. Ready to brush up on your HVAC knowledge? Here are answers to 10 common questions to help you make smart HVAC choices.

As a rule of thumb, replace your existing home comfort system when one or more of the following is true:

  • Repairs cost at least 30% as much as the purchase of a new system.
  • The system is more than 12 years old.
  • Utility bills have increased 50% as a result of older, less efficient systems using more, higher-priced electricity.

Air conditioning and heating equipment consume about 44% of a home’s energy bill. The ENERGY STAR-qualified systems that Putney installs are as much as 60% more efficient than 10-year-old equipment.

In new homes or remodels, a central home-comfort system is the best solution for overall comfort and superior indoor air quality and humidity control.

Look for a programmable thermostat for accurate, reliable, energy-saving performance. For added savings and convenience, our Residential Communicating Control with Wi-Fi support works with mobile devices to easily program your system wherever you are so you can save on your energy bills while “on the go.”

Seek a contractor that is associated with a recognized brand. If it is backed by the product and training resources of a major manufacturer, you will feel confident that you’re getting the home-comfort system that best meets your needs. Putney Mechanical works with York, Mitsubishi, Generac, and other nationally recognized brands.

Get solid advice from an expert. The right contractor can perform a load calculation or an energy analysis to determine your operating costs. After evaluating your needs, Putney Mechanical contractors will customize a system for your home.

Every system is different. After a thorough inspection of your electrical system, ductwork and other components, Putney will provide a rundown of what you need to replace and what you can keep.

That depends on the house and the system. While air conditioners and gas furnaces require different components, the common denominator is ductwork, which must be properly sized and zoned for proper system performance. A Putney technician can evaluate your existing arrangement and tell you how simple your installation will be.

An air handler circulates conditioned air throughout your home. You can combine it with accessories to filter, humidify, or dehumidify the air stream as needed.

It’s hard to believe, but indoor air can be from 5 to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Adding humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ventilation systems, UV lights and air-filter technologies can dramatically improve your indoor air quality.

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