DoverPhila Heating and Cooling is your Trane Dealer
Many people are uncomfortable about making major purchase decisions – like heating and cooling systems – for their homes. With DoverPhila Heating and Cooling, we make sure our clients understand everything they need to know before they buy. We’re an authorized Trane dealer, and we’ll help you maximize both comfort and savings from your ultra-reliable Trane heating and cooling equipment.
Without a doubt, homeowners want to know how much a new Trane heating and cooling system will cost. There are several factors that determine the overall cost of the system. First, there’s the initial cost of the purchase and installation. Many people focus on this cost, without realizing that they’ll encounter the more important cost after the installer leaves – the operating costs.
Initial residential HVAC costs and system design
Initial costs will depend on factors like the model you purchase and the size of your home. Using HVAC equipment that’s correctly sized for your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make. A unit that’s too small will run constantly, and struggle to keep up with your heating and cooling demands. The end result is that your energy bills will climb. A unit that’s too large will raise your initial costs, and will compromise the comfort of your home by making it too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer.
A certified Trane dealer – like DoverPhila Heating and Cooling – will schedule a custom, in-home evaluation to determine the best model and equipment size for your home. We can also evaluate existing ductwork, and give you information about ductless heating and cooling options.
In addition, there are other steps you can take to make your home more comfortable while reducing the overall cost of heating and cooling your home. Adding a whole-house humidifier for use in the winter, and a dehumidifier for use in the summer can help you achieve a near-constant humidity level. The humidity level in your home is often one of the most important – and most overlooked – factors for indoor air quality and comfort. By managing the humidity level, you can actually lower your thermostat in the winter without feeling like you’re too cold! Proper humidity during the winter is also important for combatting the spread of airborne illnesses like COVID-19.
Modifications to ductwork – if your home uses it – can also add to the cost of a heating and cooling system installation. All ductwork is completely customized to both the home and the heating and cooling system. However, good ductwork can maximize your home’s comfort level and minimize your operating costs. Systems can lose as much as 30% of the heated or cooled air they generate through ductwork, so insulating your ductwork properly will maintain a high system efficiency.
Finally, some tax credits and/or rebates may also lower the initial cost of installing a new heating and cooling system in your home. DoverPhila Heating and Cooling can help you take advantage of all available heating and cooling rebates and credits at the time of your system purchase.
Operating costs for heating and cooling systems
The other major cost consideration for heating and cooling systems is the system’s lifetime operating costs. While a system may offer a low initial cost, it may operate at a lower efficiency. Higher efficiency systems tend to cost more up-front, but ultimately save money over their lifetimes by operating at a higher efficiency. The money you spend initially to purchase a more efficient system will come back to you in the form of lower lifetime operating costs. This is especially true for heating systems in Northeast Ohio. Your heating system will be operational for 7-8 months of the year, so it’s important to select the most efficient heating system you can afford. High efficiency heating systems can repay their initial “premium” costs within a couple of years, and will continue to save money over the remainder of their lifetimes. Rebates, tax credits and other incentives can often eliminate the initial cost premium of a higher efficiency system.
The amount and quality of the insulation in your home will also affect your operating costs. Many people don’t realize that insulation breaks down as it ages. Improving insulation can help your home retain heat and lower your heating and cooling costs.
Other factors, like warping along window and door frames can open hidden gaps in your home. Gaps between the sill plate and the foundation of your home can also admit outside air (and pests!). Conducting an infrared study of your home can help you locate and seal hidden openings that enable your home to exchange air with the Great Outdoors.
Using a smart thermostat like the Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning system can also help you manage your heating and cooling costs around the clock.
Routine maintenance on your heating and cooling system will also help ensure that your system operates at peak efficiency at all times. Systems can lose as much as 15% of their peak efficiency over the course of a season. Regular maintenance can restore your system’s operating performance and help you avoid unexpected mid-season breakdowns.
DoverPhila Heating and Cooling is your local Trane dealer in Dover, OH. We can help you find the best Trane system for your home. Give us a call today!
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