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Need a new HVAC system? Ask These 10 Questions Before You Buy

Your HVAC system plays a vital role in your home comfort. Not only does it ensure that your home is kept at a comfortable temperature year-round, but it also plays an important part in helping you maintain humidity levels and control your indoor air quality, allowing you to create a safe and healthy home space for you and your family.

The average lifespan for an HVAC system is about 10 years, depending on the quality of the equipment and how well the system was maintained and cared for over time. If your heating and cooling equipment is coming up on 10 years, you may find it harder and harder to get comfortable. Additionally, some homeowners just aren’t happy with the HVAC system that came with their home and want to purchase a newer, more energy efficient model to keep them comfortable while driving down energy costs.

No matter what your reason is for purchasing a new HVAC system, you’re going to have some questions and concerns along the way, especially if this is your first time or if it’s been a decade since you’ve purchased a new system. Below, we’ve put together a list of the top questions you need to ask before you buy a new HVAC system:

1. What are my home comfort goals?

The first question that you need to ask yourself before you even begin browsing possible HVAC system and brands is – What are my home comfort goals?

Every family is different when it comes to what they need to keep their home comfortable. For instance, while some homeowners may be concerned about saving energy and lowering utility bills, others may be more focused on being able to customize the temperature in different areas of the home. You’ll need to decide what’s important to you and what you’re looking for in a new HVAC system before you start looking.

Here are some factors that may be important to you as a homeowner:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Noise
  • Smart Home Technology
  • Customized Options
  • Price

There is plenty more to add to this list, but this should help you get started thinking about what’s important to you in a home comfort system. Once you’ve created a list, it will be easier to research which systems fit your needs.

2. What is my budget?

Budget is another important consideration for homeowners when it comes to purchasing a new HVAC system. Buying a new air conditioner or heating system is an important and significant investment. Think about what your budget is for this new system, including both the equipment and installation.

When considering your budget, you’ll also want to factor in any promotions or rebates that you can take advantage of. Dealers often offer promotions or deals to help homeowners save money on new HVAC system installation. Equipment manufacturers also provide rebates during certain times of the year, which can offer significant savings when purchasing a new system.

HVAC financing is another thing to think about when considering your budget. Many homeowners just don’t have the funds up-front to purchase a new HVAC system, so they turn to financing options to help them get the new HVAC system their home needs. Though it depends on approval, it is possible to get HVAC financing with a low interest rate, allowing you to get the new system you want while making convenient monthly payments.

3. What size equipment best fits my home?

HVAC sizing is an important part of proper installation. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that purchasing a bigger air conditioner or heating system will help them get their home comfortable more quickly and efficiently. While others think that purchasing a smaller unit will help them save money and energy over time.

However, the opposite is true in both cases. If the HVAC system is too large for your home, it will turn on and off more often, causing unnecessary wear and tear to its parts while using more energy than necessary. On the other hand, a unit that’s too small will have to work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable, which also causes wear and tear while using a significant amount of energy.

Proper HVAC sizing not only ensures that your home will stay comfortable year-round, but it helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear to your parts while helping you heat and cool your home efficiently over time. To find out which size HVAC system you need for your home, speak with an experienced HVAC technician who will complete the calculations and find the right sized equipment.

4. What brand equipment do I want to purchase?

The brand of HVAC system that you purchase will impact your home comfort. Not only does the brand give you a better understanding of the quality and longevity of the equipment, but it will also impact the price and availability. It’s best to familiarize yourself with some of the brands available and read about their features and benefits. You should also take a look at some customer reviews to get a better understanding of which brand may be right for you.

At Advent Air Conditioning, we recommend Carrier home comfort systems because of their quality and value. As a leader in HVAC technology, Carrier has a long history of developing heating and cooling equipment that provides the very best in home comfort. Our HVAC technicians are also trained to select and install the best Carrier HVAC systems for your home comfort needs.

If you need help choosing the best Carrier HVAC system for your home, give us a call: (469) 240-5456.

5. Do I want an energy efficient model?

One of the top features that our customers tell us they want in a new HVAC system is energy efficiency. While these heating and cooling systems tend to come at a higher cost, they can help Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners save more money over time by lowering energy consumption and reducing monthly utility bills.

If energy efficiency is important to you, then you’ll want to find an HVAC system with a higher SEER rating. SEER is used to measure the ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner over a typical cooling season to the energy it uses. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is, which can help you save on energy costs throughout the year.

6. Which HVAC contractor will I work with?

Another consideration you’ll need to make when purchasing a new HVAC system is which HVAC company you plan to work with. There are many different contractors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the company that you choose for new HVAC system installation will have an impact on your overall experience, cost, and quality on installation.

We recommend researching the contractor you work with to make sure they are reputable and experienced with new HVAC system installation. Here are some indicators that the company you are working with is worthwhile:

  • Great Customer Reviews
  • Awards and Recognitions (Locally and Nationally)
  • Long History of Outstanding Customer Service
  • Knowledgeable and Helpful Staff

7. What is my timeline for HVAC installation?

When do you need a new system installed? If you need something immediately, you’ll need to find an HVAC company that can handle emergency installation requests. However, if you are looking for installation at some time in the future, then you may want to wait until a time when you are able to take advantage of seasonal promotions and rebates.

You should also ask your HVAC technician how long the installation will take for the new HVAC system that you are interested in. This will give you an idea of the time period and costs associated with installation. These are all important things to take into account during your decision-making process.

8. Are there any promotions or incentives I can take advantage of?

As we mentioned previously, both dealers and manufacturers offer special incentives for new system installation during different times of the year. If budget is a major concern for you as a homeowner, then it may be worthwhile to take advantage of these savings opportunities throughout the year. For instance, Carrier offers factory rebates in the fall that provide significant savings for new system installation.

You may also find that many HVAC dealers offer promotions and incentives during the slower times of the year – spring and fall. These are the times of the year when HVAC companies are dealing with fewer emergency calls and repair services, meaning they are more likely to offer incentives for new system installation. If you’re able to wait until these seasons, you may be able to

At Advent Air Conditioning, we know how important it is for homeowners to save money on their HVAC costs. That’s why we offer seasonal promotions and deals to help our customers get the best value. If you’re interested in promotions and rebates, keep an eye on our dealer promotions page. We update this page frequently with promotions and deals that we offer our customers throughout the year.

9. Do I need any other HVAC accessories?

Depending on your home comfort needs, you may need more than just heating and cooling equipment when you purchase a new HVAC system. There are a wide variety of HVAC accessories that help homeowners keep their home comfortable, clean, and healthy year-round. It’s often best to purchase these HVAC accessories when you purchase your new system as you can ensure that the accessories are compatible with your new equipment. Some HVAC companies will also offer discounts and deals on accessories when you purchase a new system.

Not sure which HVAC accessories might be right for you? Consider your specific home comfort needs before you do some research. Many Texas homeowners use a dehumidifier to help control the humidity in their home during the summer time. Others prefer a smart thermostat to help them better control their climate year-round. One of our home comfort specialists can help you find the right HVAC accessories for your home to ensure home comfort year-round.

10. Should I also purchase an HVAC maintenance plan?

Yet another consideration you’ll need to make when purchasing new heating and cooling equipment is whether or not you will purchase an HVAC maintenance plan. HVAC maintenance plans are agreements you have with your HVAC company that provide seasonal maintenance services for your equipment for an affordable rate.

The greatest benefit of seasonal HVAC maintenance plans is that they help keep your system running smoothly and efficiently year-round. By keeping your system clean, well-lubricated, and free of malfunctions, your HVAC technician will help you prolong the life of your HVAC equipment while ensuring your family is comfortable.

Are you ready to find the HVAC system that’s right for your home? We’re here to help! Our home comfort experts will work with you to find a heating and cooling system that meets your home comfort system and fits within your budget.

Contact us now to get started.

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Why won’t my heat come on?

Why won’t my heat come on? This is one of the most common questions that we get here at Advent Air Conditioning during the winter season. There are many different reasons why your furnace or heating system may not be working properly this time of year. And though it’s best to have an experienced HVAC technician diagnose and fix your system, it’s also helpful to know what the problem might be before you pick up the phone to call us.

Here are just a few common furnace issues that may be to blame for why your heat won’t turn on:

1. Your HVAC system hasn’t been properly maintained.

One of the biggest issues that we see with heating service calls during the winter is that the homeowner has not been taking the appropriate steps to maintain their heating system. If you didn’t schedule a spring HVAC maintenance visit, then this may be the reason for your heating issues.

A dirty blower motor can lead to equipment failure because when the motor is dirty, the heat exchanger doesn’t get enough moving air, causing it to malfunction. Similarly, dirty air filters will restrict the airflow in your system, amplifying any issues you may have and impacting the quality of your indoor air. This is why it’s so important to keep up with your HVAC maintenance schedule to keep the equipment clean and working properly.

2. Your heat pump’s starting components aren’t working.

If you’re using a heat pump to keep your home warm, and it just isn’t working, you may be experiencing issues with the starting components. There are a number of reasons why these components might fail. But when the starting components malfunction, they prevent your equipment from working properly.

3. The ductwork design or installation was done incorrectly.

Sometimes your heating system equipment isn’t to blame for your heating issues but rather your ductwork. Adequate ductwork design and installation are complex, and if your HVAC contractor or home builder tried to cut corners when sizing or installing your ductwork, then you may find that it’s difficult (or sometimes nearly impossible) to keep your home comfortable.

The solution to this issue is to redesign your ductwork for proper airflow. Though this can be a major undertaking, depending on your personal circumstances, it is often the only way that some homeowners can finally achieve a comfortable home temperature year-round.

4. The thermostat isn’t working.

If your thermostat isn’t working properly, you’ll find that it may be difficult to get your home to a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat doesn’t register the correct temperature then it doesn’t matter how much you crank the heat up – your home just will not get warm. If you think your thermostat may be to blame, it could be a simple fix or you may need to replace the device if it’s older.

 

Are you experiencing issues with your heating system? Since it could be a range of issues causing your heating troubles, it’s best to call in the professionals to diagnose and fix your system. That way, you can start enjoying a comfortable home climate in no time.

If you need furnace repair services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, look no further than Advent Air Conditioning. Our trained and experienced HVAC technicians will examine your system and find the cause of your heating troubles while providing expert repair. Contact us today to schedule your service.

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3 Ways to Save Money on a New HVAC System

Every homeowner looks for ways to save money on home improvement. But when it comes to buying a new HVAC system, it’s no easy task. If you’re in the market for a new heating and cooling system but you’re working with a limited budget, you can use the tips below to save money on your new HVAC installation.

1. Shop around for the best contractor.

One way that you can save money on a new HVAC system is by working with a reputable HVAC contractor. Not only will a reputable HVAC company charge you fairly for equipment and labor, but they will do the job right the first time. By getting a quality HVAC installation the first time around, you can avoid some issues later on that arise due to improper sizing or installation.

The HVAC technicians at Advent Air Conditioning are NATE-certified, which means they are trained and stay up-to-date with best practices and standards for HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair. Furthermore, our team is trained and experienced in installing new HVAC systems, including making sure that your system is the proper size for your home and comfort needs.

2. Take advantage of factory rebates.

Another way to save money on a new HVAC system is to take advantage of factory rebates. Often, HVAC system manufacturers will provide special rebates during certain times of the year to offer incentives for homeowners to purchase new HVAC systems. If you want to save on the cost of your new system, do some research on these rebates to see how you might be able to take advantage of significant savings on your new HVAC equipment.

As a leader in HVAC technology, Carrier offers specialized rebates during the fall season to help homeowners save big on new HVAC systems. Carrier Cool Cash is an exciting opportunity for homeowners who have been putting off new HVAC system installation due to cost or budgeting issues. Look out for this special promotion next fall.

3. Check out HVAC dealer promotions.

In addition to factory rebates given from the manufacturer, you can also take advantage of savings offered by your HVAC company. HVAC companies will often offer different deals and promotions throughout the year to help homeowners save on new HVAC system installation, accessories, repair costs, and other heating and cooling products and services.

During this holiday season, Advent is currently offering a big savings opportunity with dealer rebates of up to $900. When you combine this with 0% financing for up to 72 months, Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners are able to experience some serious savings on a new HVAC system. For more information on this and other current promotions, visit our dealer promotions page.

 

Are you ready to find your new heating and cooling system? The home comfort experts at Advent Air Conditioning are ready to help you find a new HVAC system that meets your home comfort needs and fits within your budget. Call us today to find out which system is right for you: (469) 240-5456.

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Furnace Not Working? These 5 Problems May Be to Blame

Furnaces are one of the most complex appliances you may own and if you’re experiencing issues with yours, there are a variety of reasons you might be facing difficulties. When the heat isn’t flowing, the furnace is making an unnerving noise, or the machine won’t even turn on at all, there’s a good chance one of these issues might be to blame:

1. Dirty Filters

Dirty or clogged air filters impede airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate. Occasionally, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch which controls the fan. Cleaning or replacing the filter once a month is an easy and inexpensive way to remedy this issue. A furnace repair professional can show you how to do this if you are unsure.

2. Malfunctioning Thermostat

A defective thermostat can lead to problems with the fan and your comfort levels. Check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, simply replacing the battery may do the trick. Also, be sure to test the thermostat settings. The fan setting should be on “Auto.” In the “On,” “Low,” “Medium” or “High” settings, the fan will run endlessly, draining the battery and causing your furnace to run inefficiently. If you want more information on how using your thermostat more effectively can save you money, visit energy.gov.

3. Wrong Size Furnace

If your furnace isn’t heating your home well enough, your equipment may just be the wrong size for your space. If your furnace is too small for the size of your home, it will run continuously in an attempt to compensate. In addition to running up your electric bill, this can increase wear and tear on your appliance, leading to costly repair issues in the future. It is suggested to have a professional assess the size of your home and recommend a furnace that will be appropriate to your needs. 

4. Wear and Tear

Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems, or even overheating. Unless you received training to repair furnaces, let professionals handle problems related to mechanical wear and tear. Otherwise, you may void the warranty on the appliance or accidentally cause a larger problem.

5. Lack of Maintenance

If you fail to schedule annual furnace maintenance and inspections, this could lead to unexpected problems and breakdowns. These routine inspections can help your appliance run more efficiently and reliably, saving you money in the long run. Every year, at the end of the summer or beginning of fall, hire a furnace repair specialist to inspect and maintain the furnace. The professional will get the unit ready for the upcoming cool weather and fix problems that could cause breakdowns or expensive repairs during busy winter months.

When all else fails, call in the experts!

When troubleshooting your appliance doesn’t solve your furnace issues, never hesitate to contact one of our trained HVAC contractors at Advent Air. Any furnace, regardless of its age, may pose safety hazards, so it’s always a good idea to have an expert examine the unit and suggest the best course of action.

Contact us today to schedule an inspection or repair: (469) 240-5456.

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Spring Allergy Sufferers: Help Your HVAC System Help You

Spring is the most beautiful season in Texas. Greens are never greener and landscapes explode with colors as flowers bloom. However, there is a large number of Texans that experience allergic reactions to the amount of pollen and other allergens in the air.

Spring Allergens in North Texas

Spring is one of the heaviest allergy seasons in Texas. The budding of flowers turn Texas’s unassuming landscapes into some of the most picturesque places in the nation. However, these flowers release massive amounts of pollen into the air. For allergy sufferers, this can be a debilitating season.

As trees, grasses and weeds spring back to life, North Texas residents are inundated with energy draining allergens. For those savvy enough to invest in a quality HVAC system, they can seriously reduce their exposure to allergens in the comfort of their homes.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Many people don’t realize, but indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air. This is due to the heavy traffic that can occur in such a small and enclosed space. Without air purification or proper ventilation, indoor air can stagnate and collect harmful bacteria, viruses, molds, allergens and other pollutants.

For allergy sufferers, this can be especially harmful to their health. Symptoms of poor IAQ and allergies are very similar and are therefore heightened for those with allergies:

  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

Air Purifying Solutions for Your HVAC System

The primary benefit of your HVAC system is to circulate warm or cool air throughout your home. As this air circulates and processes through your A/C or heating system, it has the opportunity to be finely filtered to weed out harmful bacteria, viruses, molds and other pollutants. For those with serious allergies in North Texas, it can be a rejuvenating opportunity to eliminate allergens from their homes. Consider these Carrier air purifying products to improve your indoor air:

Air purifiers – By integrating an air purifier to your HVAC system, you add a layer of defense against pollen, other allergens and pollutants. Particles are trapped and killed to prevent any further circulation throughout your home. As your system runs, eventually the air will cycle to eliminate the vast majority, if not all, micro particles.

UV lamps – UV lamps can be attached to your system to kill bacteria and mold that can collect and thrive in and around your system. These spores and particles can become airborne and impact your health. For allergy sufferers, this can lead to worse respiratory impact from allergy symptoms. The cleaner your air and system are, the better your system will perform in terms of filtering actual allergens as well.

Ventilators – Ventilators work to remove stale indoor air and replace it with prefiltered outdoor air. This can prevent older, more contaminated air from lingering for too long and instead replace it with fresher, filtered air.

Utilizing one or a combination of these IAQ products can drastically improve your health this spring allergy season. Call the HVAC experts at Advent to see what we can do to improve your home’s indoor air and help you feel more comfortable this spring.

Heating and Air Conditioning System Problems in Winter

Texas doesn’t have the same problems in winter as more northern states do, but it’s still subject to low temperatures in the winter. As the leading provider of heating and air conditioning service in the area, we recommend paying close attention to your HVAC system during this season. The cold months are some of the busiest times of the year for your system, so you need to understand and prepare for some common HVAC problems. Read more

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Benefits of Changing the Heating and Air Conditioning Filter

As the leading heating and air conditioning service in our local area, Advent Air Conditioning recommends investing in preventive maintenance for your HVAC system. Regular professional maintenance can prevent small issues with your system from becoming big problems. The maintenance will also counteract the effects of wear and tear and ensure that your system delivers efficient and worry-free performance. Read more

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How to Prep Your Lewisville Home for Winter

Preparing your home for winter is important part of making sure that you and your loved ones stay comfortable throughout the colder season. A lot of Lewisville homeowners focus on tasks like weather-stripping, but there are a few more things you should take care of around your home before winter sets in.

Important Steps to Prep for Winter

Below we’ve listed several fundamental, home-related tasks that you need to tackle this fall if you want to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long.

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What is an HVAC Hybrid Heating System?

The trouble with using a single-method heating system is that each individual method is going to have it’s own advantages and disadvantages. For example, solar is wonderful in that it’s totally free energy once the costs are recouped. But the disadvantage is that you’re going to need to live in a place where having that is feasible and practical. Whatever the method is, they will have certain conditions that are most favorable for them to operate in.

The Hybrid Heating System

This is where the hybrid system comes in. HVAC system designers saw a need for a method of heating a home in a better way. One with higher efficiency and lower operating costs.

A hybrid system is composed of two separate, heat-producing, components: a furnace and a heat pump. By using these two machines to produce heat depending upon environmental and utility cost factors, the costs associated with heating a home can be drastically reduced.

The first part of the system is the furnace. Most everyone knows what a furnace is or has used one. It is a machine that uses natural gas to sustain a fire that heats the air before it’s blown throughout the house. The furnace is capable of operating in even very cold weather and provides potent, fast, heating. Their downside is the cost of natural gas in running it, and simultaneously needing to use electricity for its operation.

The second part of the system is a heat pump. Whether or not you’re aware, you know what a heat pump is. Do you know how the coils on the back of your refrigerator are hot? That’s a heat pump. Your AC unit is a heat pump. People are usually just used to them working in one direction – bringing cold air inside and moving warm air outside.

However, with a reversing valve, that same unit that pushes cold air into the house can also push warm air inside, by simply reversing the refrigerant cycle. Heat pumps are incredibly efficient machines since they don’t actually generate any heat. They merely transfer it from one place to another. Their downside is that they do not work very well in cold weather.

These two systems together can cancel out much of each others drawbacks and come together to provide one efficient and cost saving system.

If you would like to discuss your heating options, give us a call at Advent Air Conditioning, today!

Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Furnace or Air Conditioner

In most climates neither heating nor air conditioning can be considered optional. Once you suffer a permanent breakdown you will need to act quickly to purchase replacement equipment.

But you should proceed with caution. When shopping for HVAC systems and contractors there are pitfalls you must be careful to avoid, and if you take a casual approach to the process you may end up holding the bag—and it’ll be an empty bag because all of your money will be gone.

What are these pitfalls, you ask? Let’s look at a few…

Buying equipment of the same size and capacity as your old equipment

If you’ve done any type of remodeling, changed your insulation, added heat-generating appliances or altered your exterior landscaping to include more or less shading or wind protection, your heating and cooling needs may have changed.

To get an estimate of your true needs, ask any HVAC contractor you’re considering to send a technician to your home to perform a heating and cooling load analysis, which will establish an accurate baseline to guide your selection of equipment.

Ignoring SEER ratings

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, which is used to measure the heating and cooling capacity of your furnace or air conditioner. A unit that carries a 16 SEER rating is considered highly energy-efficient and will produce energy at half the cost of an older model with an estimated SEER of 8.

A high-efficiency furnace or air conditioner will cost more. But for an additional investment of $500 you might get $200 of extra savings in energy costs each and every year, for the entire life span of your new system. That’s nothing to sneeze at, obviously.

Missing out on opportunities for rebates or financing

All reputable companies offer good financing options and will connect you with manufacturer rebates, some of which can be quite generous. In addition states offer dozens of rebates for the purchase of appliances that promote energy-efficiency, which you can investigate for yourself at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency website.

Falling for the pitch of an unreliable HVAC contractor

Most HVAC companies are reputable, but you still have to be careful. Before hiring any contractor, check online to see if they are registered with the Better Business Bureau, or if any complaints have been filed against them with that organization. Read any online reviews you can find, and ask around to see if anyone you know has done business with that company in the past.

Be sure any company you consider employs trained, certified technicians, only sells equipment from manufacturers with excellent reputations and is willing to give you a firm deadline for completion of the installation.

Failing to ask about a maintenance plan

These plans are frequently offered by HVAC contractors. Technicians will be regularly dispatched, at no cost, to perform inspections and routine maintenance procedures, including cleanings and tune-ups. Maintenance plans also offer discounts on parts, equipment and service calls, which can keep your costs down significantly if something should go wrong in the future.

Advent Air Delivers the Goods

If you live in Lewisville of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and need to update your HVAC system, please contact Advent Air Conditioning Inc. right away. We’ll give you super-competitive estimates on equipment and installation, and we offer maintenance plans and financing options among many generous benefits.

When you need a high-quality HVAC contractor you can always trust Advent Air—our impeccable reputation speaks for itself.
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