Advice From the Pros

Financing Your New HVAC System

 

The unfortunate truth is that when we learn that we need a new HVAC unit or major system component (such as an evaporator coil, furnace, outdoor unit, or ductwork) replaced, it is typically a sudden and unexpected expense. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) system in your home is one of the most expensive components in your house. On average, installing a complete home HVAC system can vary from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on the needs and desires of your home’s and family’s unique situation.

Not only that, because this system sees almost constant use year-round (proper cooling and heating tend to be essential when it comes to keeping a comfortable home), it is also one of the most likely components to need repair or replacement. For most people, HVAC financing is a large expense, and paying for the whole balance out of pocket isn’t always feasible. Paying by check or credit card are still the most common approaches, but financing is gaining more traction, especially during these uncertain economic times. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there that allow you to finance the HVAC system that is right for you.

Your heating and cooling system affects how you feel every moment when you’re at home. It also accounts for around half of the energy your home uses every month. So, every dollar you are able to spend moving up to a higher-efficiency system can produce comfort and energy savings you’ll appreciate for years to come. You may also be able to take advantage of federal tax credits.

It is important to know that financing offers can vary throughout the year. If you are interested in financing and your timing is flexible, never hesitate to ask your HVAC company when the best deals come out. 0% financing is available at different times of the year. Terms start at 18months and can extend to 72 months depending on what the manufacturer is offering and what system you select. Terms up to 10 years may even be available with an interest fee. Keep in mind that higher efficiency systems usually have better financing offers and may save you even more money in the long run.

Give Gentry Heating and AC a call when the time comes for you to start exploring replacement for your HVAC system and components! We are here to help.

 

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Is a Zoned HVAC System Right for Your Home?

What is a zoned HVAC system?

An HVAC zoning system (also referred to as “zoned HVAC”) is a heating and cooling system that uses dampers in the ductwork to regulate and redirect air to specific areas of the home. This allows for the creation of customized temperature zones throughout the home for increased comfort and efficiency. A zoned HVAC system takes your existing AC unit and splits it up into “zones” or areas. Most zone systems have 2-3 zones but can be configured for up to 4 zones under certain conditions. We accomplish this by sizing out the areas, installing thermostats, control boards, and motorized mechanical dampers that open and close as needed to cool or heat each area.

Almost every household can benefit from a zoned HVAC system. That’s because most homes have a room that’s always too hot or too cold, and family members with different temperature preferences. Zoning systems allow you to accommodate those different comfort needs, while also helping you save energy.

Some factors to consider:

Are the temperature preferences of the people in your home very different?

Is your HVAC system a two stage or greater unit? This is the best type of unit to use with zoning. Single stage units can be loud and uncomfortable when zoning is added.

Is there room in your attic for the accessories and extra ductwork?

The advantages of a zoned system include the ability to control different areas of your home at different temperatures for optimal comfort. You also add the possibility of adding capacity to areas of your home without increasing the size of the HVAC unit. Finally, as mentioned before, ultimately, you can expect to enjoy energy savings due to improved HVAC system efficiency.

Some potential disadvantages of installing a zoned HVAC system may include cost. Zoned systems can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the complexity and difficulty of the installation of the system. With a zoned system, you may also experience temperature limitations. For example, you would not be able to run heating in one zone and cooling in another zone at the same time. Finally, some zoned systems may struggle on days with extreme temperatures. A zoned system is designed with the assumption that the unit will not need to run continuously. As one area reaches the desired temperature, those dampers close and the other areas will start to receive air.

If a zoned system sounds like it just might be the thing you have been searching for, give us a call at Gentry today! Our friendly, experienced HVAC professionals would be happy to talk you through your options, and come out to your site to help you plan your next steps.

 

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Questions to Ask About Replacing Your Air Conditioner and Furnace at the Same Time

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How do you know whether you should replace both your air conditioner and furnace when the air conditioner goes out? This is a question that we get a lot here at Gentry. When we provide an estimate on a new HVAC system, it often includes a new furnace. This is surprising to some homeowners when they hear that they may need a new furnace as well. Below are some questions to ask and some info to help you decide is a new furnace is needed or not:

What is the age of your furnace?

If the furnace in question is over 15 years old, it is a good idea to look at replacing it. After about 10 to 15 years, the repairs can really start to add up on HVAC components. The money you save by not replacing the furnace can easily and quickly be outpaced by the potential repairs on the old furnace.

Are you looking a high efficiency system?

If so, the furnace and the blower inside of it play a major role in how well the high efficiency system will perform. Replacing both components at the same time will allow you to reap the maximum benefit from your new high efficiency system upgrade.

How much would a new furnace cost on its own?

The answer can vary by home, but you will always save money by replacing the furnace at the same time as the air conditioner. This is because you will need to pay for the labor and some of the materials twice if you do the furnace and AC separately, but those costs are combined when you do both together.

An additional benefit of getting a new furnace at the same time as your AC is that your entire HVAC system is under warranty together. It often just makes sense to go ahead and replace both. You’ll enjoy reduced frustration with breakdowns, higher system efficiency, and getting a “matched” HVAC system that was made to work together seamlessly.

Give Gentry AC a call when you think it may be time to replace your system! We are here to help you make the best decision for the comfort and safety of your home and family.

 

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