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.
HVAC Repair and Installation for Los Angeles, CA Residents
Los Angeles is a mega metropolis that uses a lot of energy to sustain its population. When you choose to install a new HVAC system or replace an old, inefficient model, you’ll be doing your part to help conserve energy, lower your monthly utility bill, and increase the value of your property. These are all positive reasons for a new system. The downside is a new system can be an expensive project with estimates in the thousands of dollars. But over time, a more efficient system, along with non-leaking duct work, will save you money.
Choosing an HVAC System for Los Angeles
Choosing the right type of system to install can be daunting, especially since your current HVAC system may not be the best fit for your property in terms of tonnage, Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER), Heat Pump Efficiency Factor (HSPF) and Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE).
The SEER ratio measures the efficiency and determines a rating for the cooling process of central air conditioners and heat pumps. The current government mandated minimum SEER rating is 13.0. The lesser the rating, the more money you are probably paying each month. When looking at HVAC prices, the systems with higher SEER ratios mean it has greater efficiency and significant energy savings but the HVAC system will be more expensive up front than a lower SEER rated brand.
The HSPF factor measures and calculates the estimated average of heating efficiency for a heat pump. Like the SEER ratio, the higher HSPF number means greater efficiency and cost savings. The minimum HSFP for heat pumps manufactured prior to 2005 is 6.8. For heat pumps manufactured after 2005, the HSPF is required to be at least 7.7.
The AFUE is a standard measurement used for oil and gas-fired furnaces. In a nutshell, the measurement lets you know how much fuel is used for heating and how much is wasted. As with the SEER and HSPF figures, the higher the AFUE the better efficiency and savings you’ll experience. If your property’s system is fuel powered, the top furnaces with up to 96.7% efficiency provide the optimum in energy efficiency and lower monthly operating costs.
Along with understanding the SEER, HSPF, and AFUE ratings, you’ll also need to know the size of your property. Its square footage is used to determine system size; and, while you may think bigger is better, this isn’t true. Likewise, an HVAC that is too small to adequately heat and cool an entire property is both an energy drain and a monetary drain. To help give you an idea of where you stand in terms of tonnage needed, SEER, HSPF and AFUE, and how much a new system will impact the value of your property, use this free online estimation tool.
Permits, Contractors and Duct Verification Testing in Los Angeles
The State of California is earnest in its support of cleaner energy, better efficiency, and leaving fewer carbon footprints through a rigorous process of requiring certain steps before any installation work begins. To find out what you need to do to apply, visit the Department of Public Works at 900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra or call (626) 458-5100. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
State of California Contractor Requirements
The state of California not only requires a permit prior to installation and a duct verification test inspected by a HERS Rater, the state also requires that only state certified contractors do the work. To eliminate the possibility of hiring a contractor who may not have the appropriate license and certification, use the free search tool available at the Contractor’s State License Board website.
Funding Options in Los Angeles, California
Purchasing an HVAC system outright is a large investment for most. If you find you’ll be in need of alternative funding options, consider these:
- Home equity line of credit (HELOC)
- Loan from a financial institution
- Credit card
- Financing by the dealer selling the HVAC system
- Special programs
- Energy Efficient Programs in California
- Programs from Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Return on Investment (ROI) in Los Angeles
Many property owners don’t realize that installing a new HVAC can mean a substantial increase in their property’s value. If you use the estimation tool suggested above, the result includes a projected increase in value. Add to that a more efficient system, better climate control, and increased savings and you’ve secured a significant ROI on your property.