It's summer. The heat index is 105 degrees. Your 15-year-old HVAC unit isn't working and your wife is pregnant. Uh, oh. You know you are likely going to need a complete HVAC replacement (and fast), but you want to conduct research first to make sure you are hiring an HVAC company that does honest and quality driven work. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are 12 questions you can ask potential HVAC contractors when trying to find the best one.
12 Questions to Ask Potential HVAC Contractors:
Next Step: Research Digital Prescence
Once you've asked your questions and narrowed down your potential HVAC contractors to a few choices, it is always a good idea to do a quick Google search on each one and see what other people have experienced using them in the past.
Check the following places for their review rating and read some of the 5-star as well as 1-star reviews:
For the 5-star reviews, consider what people were satisfied with. For the 1-star reviews, look to see if the company responded and attempted to fix the situation. It's always nice to know that the HVAC company you choose has your back should something go wrong.
Consider Country Air in Your Search
We at Country Air invite you to ask us your HVAC questions and research our digital presence. We strive to go above and beyond for our customers and have been dedicated to earning customer trust since 1978. Get started by calling us at 281-356-8564.
The relentless Texas heat is here which means HVAC replacement season is in full swing. Investing in an HVAC system is a big decision, and you don’t want to pick the wrong one for your home – so how do you know which system is the right one?
First, get familiar with the following equipment and efficiency ratings:
The table below shows efficiency ratings for good, better and best heating and cooling equipment.
There are 3 types of ratings that you should be aware of :
Why it’s important to have the right sized system.
Now that you understand the types of equipment and their efficiency ratings you can look at what size equipment is right for your home.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when selecting an HVAC system on their own is they tend to get a larger system than what they need which can lead to multiple problems.
Humidity is a key factor when talking about cooling a home – which Houston has plenty of. A cooling system that is too big will cool down the temperature in your home quickly, but it will not run long enough to remove the amount of humidity necessary from the air. This will result in your air feeling cool but clammy, yuck. To get rid of the clamminess, you'll end up turning down the thermostat even more which makes the unit run longer and increases the energy bill. Other disastrous results can occur from not ridding your home properly of humidity like mold and mildew growth along with other moisture related damage.
A properly sized unit will run just long enough to remove the necessary amount of humidity from the air allowing you to sit comfortable in your home at a higher thermostat setting which ultimately saves you money on your energy bill.
Photo: Mold and mildew growth along with other moisture related damage.
How to calculate the right system for your home.
To understand which system is a perfect fit for your home whether installing from scratch or upgrading an existing unit you’ll need to calculate the load of your home.
The load of the home is partly dependent upon the home’s square footage. However, a true load calculation goes beyond that. An accurate load determination includes building construction; orientation to the sun; “R” value of the insulation; number, size, and placement of rooms; number, size, and placement of windows and doors; types of windows and doors (thermal efficiency); number and arrangement of floors; and the climate. 
Sounds like a lot to consider, right? It is! Which is why relying on a professional is usually best for fitting a new system to your home.
Hiring a professional.
Country Air will take the headache out of choosing the perfect HVAC system for your home. Our experts will work with your budget as well as the needs of your home to find the perfect fit. We offer free estimates, second opinions and financing options on HVAC replacement. Call us with your list of questions today and we’ll be happy to get you back to cool comfort fast in your home. 281-356-8564