In Canada, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is a $7.8-million industry.
It’s not that surprising, considering the nation’s diverse climate. What may come as a surprise to you, however, is that 61% of energy use in an average home goes to space heating alone. On top of that is the 3% of energy consumption spent on space cooling.
If you have an older HVAC unit however, you may be using even more energy. In this case, it may be time to replace your outdated system.
Before that though, you should know the key HVAC questions to ask a contractor. This will help you figure out whether repairs can still cut it or if it’s really time to bid the old HVAC system goodbye.
On that note, be sure to list down or print these questions before you schedule an HVAC replacement!
1. What Exactly is Wrong With My Existing HVAC System?
This will help you gauge which makes more sense: cooling and heating repair or a full replacement. Sometimes, all an HVAC system needs is a semi-annual tune-up for it to become efficient again. It may not be even the HVAC unit itself — it may be your leaky, dirty ducts and vents that are making your energy bills spike.
In the neighboring US, for instance, leaks in ducts waste up to 30% of conditioned air!
If your HVAC system has now been in place for over a decade though, then it may be best to get it replaced. A reliable HVAC contractor should tell you exactly what’s wrong with outdated units. These pros will help you understand how older models have poor energy efficiency.
Even if your existing HVAC system is still working, it’s doing so at a much higher price.
2. How Can I Save With a New HVAC System?
One way is by swapping an old unit with Energy Star-qualified equipment. This way, you can save 20% or more on your energy bill.
Besides, it’s not only your wallet that you’ll save — you’ll also have less impact on the environment.
3. Do I Have to Stick to Forced Air?
The answer you should get should be, “Not at all!” That’s because you do have other options, such as a heat pump-air conditioner system. This would give you year-round comfort, as it will deliver both cool and warm air.
4. Would a Heat Pump Be Enough To Heat My Home?
You may still need a back-up source of heat during the winter, depending on where you live. Still, with many areas of BC having milder climates, a heat pump can be a good investment. It can save you up to 60% if you currently use electricity as your main source of heating!
5. Should I Get the Same Size as My Old HVAC System?
This depends, as it’s possible that you have an incorrectly-sized old HVAC unit. Whether it’s too big or too small — the end result is the same: wasted energy and uncomfortable indoor climate.
That’s why reliable HVAC contractors always conduct inspections prior to installations. They need to know the exact size of your home to determine the right HVAC system size that you need.
Need A Pro To Answer More HVAC Questions?
If so, then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Eaton’s Heating Ltd! Our licensed technicians will be happy to address all your HVAC questions. We’ll even help you explore the most appropriate heating and cooling options for your home in BC!