Your HVAC system plays a huge role in how comfortable you stay in your home all year long.Selecting the right HVAC equipment is important- the decision has long-lasting implications that can affect your energy bills each month. In order to make sure you are getting the best new HVAC equipment for your house, you need to be sure you can decipher the language included in an HVAC service quote.

Knowing what the different parts of HVAC equipment are will help make sure you are able to interpret the quotes you receive. Here are several terms you should be familiar with:

  • Air Handler: This refers to the collective indoor part of an HVAC system. It includes the indoor fan and evaporator coils. It is responsible for distributing the air throughout your house.
  • Evaporator Coil: This is a very crucial part of the air handler as it is responsible for warming and cooling the air that eventually gets distributed through your house. It is largely in control of the comfort you feel on a daily basis.
  • Heat Pump: In many HVAC systems, this contains the reversing valve, condenser coil, electrical contractors, fan and compressor.
  • Btu: Stands for British thermal unit and is a universally used unit of energy. It is approximately equal to the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water from 39 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cost of Labor: This is the portion of the total estimate that covers just the actual work done. It is typically calculated by multiplying their hourly rate by the number of hours they expect the job to take.

You should receive quotes from at least three different HVAC contractors when shopping for new HVAC equipment. You should not use cost as the only guide to your decision. Ask friends and family about their experiences buying HVAC equipment to seek recommendations. You can also review many contractors online.

For more information about buying new HVAC equipment, contact Stack Heating & Cooling. We have proudly served residents in the Greater Cleveland area for more than 30 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about new HVAC equipment and other topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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