If you’re thinking about an HVAC system upgrade, there are three steps you should go through before upgrading a heating system. The following three-step process can help maximize your home so you’re sure to get the right size heating system for your comfort needs.
Look for Leaks
Air leaks located throughout your home can put a strain on an HVAC system, requiring more energy than necessary. Before upgrading a heating system, take the time to walk through your home to look for cracks and holes. Air leaks are most likely to occur around windows and doors, so start with these areas. Caulk or weatherstripping can be used to fill in these holes. Reducing air leaks can reduce the system size needed, potentially saving you money on your investment.
Heat can escape through the attic, basement or crawl spaces when these areas aren’t properly insulated. Poor insulation also allows cold air to seep into the walls. Ensuring that these spaces are properly insulated keeps warm air inside the home while ensuring that cold air doesn’t put a strain on your system.
Professional Energy Assessment
The final step to take before upgrading a heating system is scheduling an energy assessment. A professional HVAC technician will complete this audit using two methods:
- General walk-throughs allow technicians to make notes of issues they detect during the assessment. Professionals will inspect the heating system during this process to determine whether efficiency issues are related to damage.
- More in-depth assessments involve pressurizing your home to accurately pinpoint air leaks.
Whether you’ve determined you need a new heating system or you want help with the steps listed above, it’s important to contact an experienced HVAC company before upgrading a heating system. Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has the experience and knowledge needed to help you keep your greater Cincinnati home warm all winter.
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"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
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- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.