To make the process of replacing your home’s HVAC easier, the ModHVAC Calculator offers system recommendations and a quick estimate of your replacement costs to save you the guesswork. To use the tool, just slide the bar in the green box to match your home’s square footage. Then enter your city and state below and click Calculate Cost. Seconds later, you’ll be provided with a set of options for your new HVAC unit.
Anaheim HVAC Installation and Repair
Anaheim’s climate is what California living is all about. With seasonal temperatures running from the high 40s to the high 80s, a new HVAC system can keep your space comfortable no matter the time of year. Before going out and buying a new system, there are a few things you need to know and do to guarantee a proper installation.
Choosing a New HVAC System for Anaheim
Whether the installation is for new home construction, upgrading to a more energy efficient system, or changing the type of system currently installed, size is a key factor. Calculating the system size is based on the square footage of the property. The system needs to be able to heat and cool evenly and without stress on the equipment. When shopping for a HVAC system, you’ll have several things to consider:
The type of system itself. There are several to choose from such as duct-free split heating and air conditioning, hybrid heat split system, multi split air conditioner system, and packaged heating and air conditioning system.
Traditional systems use an outdoor compressor and an indoor air handler along with ductwork to transport the heated or cooled air. Ductless HVAC units are available in single or multi-room models. Depending on the type you purchase can mean your current ductwork will need to be inspected and/or repaired or replaced if leaks are evident. Not addressing inefficient ductwork will cost you more money each month.
Check the SEER and HSPF ratings for each system. Ask the sales representative to explain what these mean. Currently, the minimum ratings for a new HVAC system are 7.7 for HSPF and 13 for SEER. You will pay more the higher the ratings because the system is that much more efficient.
Do not be oversold on a system that is too large for your property. A qualified sales rep or contractor will be able to determine an estimate of how small or large the HVAC seems needs to be for your property based on square footage. There are free estimation tools available online that you can use to get a general idea before you start shopping.
There are several questions you will want to ask the sales representative at home improvement centers and major retail stores. Ask for information about the manufacturer’s warranty regarding what it covers and for how long. Have the rep explain how the SEER and HSPF ratings will affect the efficiency and potential savings to your utility bill. Ask for their recommendation on what type of HVAC system would work best based on the square footage of your home.
You will also want to ask the contractor installing the HVAC system what their warranty covers and for how long, and ask for a written, dated, and signed estimate.
Working with HVAC Permits for the City of Anaheim
A permit is required before any work can be done to install a HVAC unit. A city inspector will make sure it has been installed properly, functions efficiently, meets the testing and verification requirements of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and is in compliance with State Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
You can apply for a permit online at the Orange County Public Works website. The office is located at 300 N. Flower Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach the office for general questions by phone at (714) 667-8800.
Contractor Do’s and Don’ts
The state of California requires the use of a state certified HVAC contractor. Using an unlicensed or unauthorized person to install the system invalidates your warranty, can result in your homeowner’s insurance being cancelled, incurring fines for not pulling a permit, and the cost of having to hire a state certified contractor to redo the work in order to pass inspection. Check the credentials of potential contractors at the Contractor’s State License Board website. It is a free service that can save you money in the long run.
The investment for a new HVAC system can be expensive and you want it installed correctly and legally from day one. By being prepared ahead of time for the things you need to do and the questions you need to ask, you can make an informed decision that will save you money.