Upgrading or Replacing Your HVAC? Ask a Pro for Size & Capacity Advice

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If you tend to binge-watch HGTV shows, you’re likely convinced of the value a professional designer can bring to a project and the decision making process. Don’t forget about the value and expertise your HVAC professional brings as well. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when selecting and investing in a new heating and/or air conditioning system and bigger is not always better. There are many choices to be made a thorough heating & air conditioning contractor will help you to understand such as the type of system, the efficiency level and accessory options. While proper sizing of equipment is not one of the choices that you will make, it is one of the most crucial yet often overlooked, aspects of designing a suitable system for your home.

Having the wrong size system can majorly impact energy usage and cost. This is not a situation to “wing it.” Determining the right system for your home requires a lot of information and why you should have a professional identify the best HVAC system to optimize your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. Proper sizing of a residential system depends upon multiple factors, such as heat loss and gain, ductwork and sunlight, thus guessing can lead to discomfort and energy usage issues.

If your system is undersized, it can run constantly but not provide you with proper comfort levels. Having a system that constantly runs becomes costly not only for your utility bills but will require more frequent repairs because it isn’t getting any rest.

When your system is oversized, your home can heat up or cool down more quickly but will often lead to short cycling. This is the term used to describe when a system starts and stops frequently, putting a strain on HVAC system and ultimately shortening its lifespan. Because the system is working double time to heat or cool your home it is reaching the temperature on your thermostat before it can adequately remove sufficient moisture from the air. By having a professional HVAC technician identify the best-sized HVAC system you can count on an HVAC system that improves efficiency, reduces noise, offers greater cooling/heating comfort and saves money. An oversized system increases installation costs, wastes energy and costs more in overall operating costs.

Unfortunately, HVAC systems are often sized incorrectly, resulting in uneven heating and cooling of the home. The best time to correct this is when you are looking to replace the furnace or A/C. Have your consultant accurately gauge the correct heating and cooling load, what size equipment is needed and how much ductwork capacity is needed.

Once you’ve determined you need a new heating system, contact an experienced HVAC company before upgrading to make sure you get the right size for your home. Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has the experience and knowledge needed to help you keep your Greater Cincinnati home warm all winter and cool all summer. Give them a call today at (513) 268-8400 for a professional consultation!

"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."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- 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.



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