Advantages of Replacing your Air Conditioner and Furnace at the Same Time

We often get asked by our customers if they should replace their air conditioner and furnace at the same time. While we don’t make that recommendation 100% of the time, there are many instances when it makes logical, financial sense to do so. Read on to discover the benefits of replacing your entire HVAC system at one time.

You’ll avoid problems caused by incompatible technologies

Your furnace and air conditioner operate independently but they do share certain parts, such as the blower and the air handler. Matched systems are designed to work together in order to perform optimally. When not properly matched, your system’s lifespan decreases drastically.

You’ll save money on repairs

If part of your HVAC system breaks and both your air conditioner and furnace are still under warranty, the issue will likely be fixed with little or no cost to you. If only one half of the system is still under warranty (for example the air conditioner), things get a bit trickier, especially if the broken part is used by both the air conditioner and the furnace. In fact, some manufacturers may not be obligated to uphold the warranty if the breakdown was a result of combining new technology with something that’s outdated.

You’ll save money on installation

Depending on the complexity of your HVAC system, it’s likely that you’ll save money on installation when you replace your air conditioner and furnace at the same time.

You’ll increase your home’s value

HVAC can play a serious role in your home’s value, which is especially important if you are thinking of selling your home. When both systems are new and utilize modern technology, buyers don’t have to worry as much about repairs and/or replacements, making your home more appealing.

If you’re debating whether or not to replace your air conditioner and furnace at the same time, look no further than the experts at Crown Group Ohio. We will inspect your current system in order to give you an honest recommendation and a free quote. Call us today!

Why you Should Never Buy HVAC Equipment on Your Own

New HVAC equipment is a big investment and it can be tempting to try and buy it on your own vs. through a trusted HVAC company in order to save on the initial cost. However, we can guarantee that the risks outweigh the benefits to doing so. Read on to discover why you should always get your equipment from a licensed HVAC company.

Many HVAC companies will not install equipment purchased elsewhere

Generally, an HVAC company or contractor will refuse to install equipment that wasn’t purchased through them. There’s no way to guarantee their installation work when they don’t know for sure that the equipment came straight from the manufacturer.

Your equipment may get damaged during delivery

Because HVAC equipment is heavy and large, it’s not something that can be transported easily without risk of damaging it. When the equipment is purchased through a licensed HVAC company, they are the ones responsible for transporting it. When you buy equipment elsewhere, especially online, you run the risk of being responsible for any damage the equipment incurs during transport.

You may buy the wrong equipment

A benefit of working with a trusted HVAC company is that they do all of the work for you, including pricing out different equipment options based on your specific heating and cooling needs, the size of your home and your budget. HVAC equipment that’s too big or too small, or simply just not right, can be a serious problem. The wrong equipment can lead to uneven heating and cooling, poor indoor air quality, high energy bills, breakdowns and more. When making such a big decision, it’s best to trust the experts.

You may void the warranty

Many manufacturers have limitations on their warranties, and may not guarantee them if you don’t purchase and have your equipment installed by a licensed distributor, contractor or company.

When it comes to buying a new air conditioner or furnace, it’s best to work with experts. If you’re in the Akron or Canton, Ohio area, look no further than Crown Group Ohio. Call today for a free quote!

Finishing your Basement? Don’t Forget about the HVAC

A finished basement is a great investment. Not only is it nice to have additional space in your home, you’ll likely benefit from a greater return on your house if you ever go to sell. Read on for what you need to consider when it comes to heating and cooling your newly redone basement!

Getting started: finding the right contractor

Hire a contractor knowledgeable in finishing basements as this person will guide you through the process, ensuring to pull the right permits for the job. Depending on where you live, you may need to pull a permit if you are getting new HVAC equipment, installing new ductwork or adding onto your current system.

Because many basements house large appliances, such as the furnace and other HVAC equipment or the hot water tank, you’ll also need the contractor to come up with a way to conceal them but not close them off entirely. A properly designed utility room or storage room can keep you space looking clean while meeting the right accessibility requirements.

Can your current systems keep up?

You’ll be adding several square feet to your home and in turn, more space to heat and cool. Consider your current equipment and determine whether or not it can handle the extra demand. If your current HVAC system can’t handle the extra space, work with a trusted HVAC company to determine whether it would be more effective to invest in a new system for the basement area or upgrade your current system to a bigger or more efficient one that can can heat and cool the entire home.

Also consider what you’ll be using your basement for; will it just be a place that you occasionally go to hang out or watch TV? Or, will it be an office or a living space for one of your kids or another loved one? This will help you determine how much control you’ll want to have over the temperature. You may want to think about a zoned system, wherein a separate thermostat is installed that controls the temperature of the basement independently from the rest of the house, for maximum comfort.

Preventing future problems

Moisture problems are common in finished basements and can not only ruin your hard work, but affect the health of you and your family. Ensure your basement’s indoor air quality remains high by taking measures to control moisture before it even becomes a problem. Your contractor and your HVAC company can help you to determine the best drainage, waterproofing and dehumidifying solutions for your finished space.

If you are thinking about finishing your basement, call the experts at Crown Group Ohio. We’d be happy to help you find an HVAC solution to maximize comfort in your new space!