The Process Itself
Our contractor pulled all the necessary permits to install a new system in our home, required by local code.
He had to spend at least half a day dismantling the old system and making sure it was disposed of properly.
They had to inspect and repair our existing ductwork, and make sure the new connections to the new system were fitted properly. They installed the outdoor air conditioning unit, as well as the indoor furnace and distribution system, and made sure it all hooked up to the thermostat and worked as well as promised.
It was a multi-day, time intensive process, just to get the AC up and running.
We actually made a deal with our contractor to get our AC up and running, and come back later, at a more convenient time for them, to finish the work on the furnace.
This helped their work schedule and mine, since both my husband and I had to be out of town for a few days, leaving my Mom in charge of the kids and puppy at home — in perfect comfort, giving us peace of mind.
The contractor came back in a few weeks to complete the furnace installation, leaving us in perfect comfort all year round.
A New System also Means Upgrades
With a new system, we are actually getting more efficiency all year long, and lower energy bills! The new system qualified for several rebates because of its energy efficiency improvements over our old system, and our contractor helped us do all the paperwork to get the rebates quickly, taking a little of the “ouch” out of the overall $13,500 cost of our total system replacement.
The system also comes with a 12 year warranty, and with our regular maintenance plan with our contractor, I’m sure our system will run for much longer than just the warranty period.
The new system was “variable,” which means it had a fan that could run at different speeds to more carefully control the comfort throughout the home, and it was more energy efficient than our last unit. It did mean we had to also replace our 1st Generation Nest thermostat to one that would work with a variable speed system, but it was worth it for sure.
Now we can program and control the heating and cooling of our home remotely, making it easy to adjust the temperature when we’re away for the weekend, or even bump the AC up or down when we’re getting ready for bed, making sure we’re comfortable.
Nest even sends us a report at the end of the month, letting us know how much energy we’ve saved, and whether any changes in energy usage has been due to weather, or our manual adjustments.
The new system is also more energy efficient than our old system.
We now have an energy -efficient electronic ignition for the furnace. The electronic ignition and variable speed fan system means we get the heating and cooling we need, and it responds to the temperature and humidity throughout the home, using only the energy we need for the actual heating and cooling, and using the fan for better distribution of the air to make sure we’re comfortable throughout our home.
This also means the two-stage system operates more efficiently and it’s quieter than single stage systems, so there’s no more shimmy and shake of the home when the heater turns on!
The best thing about our new American Standard system is that it has an integrated filter system that our contractor changes for us when they do their twice yearly checkups.
While I can call them for an early change, like when we had drywall repairs done in the home, it’s been hassle-free, and I no longer have to try to remember to get new filters for the furnace, standing in the aisle, trying to remember the exact dimensions… just another little convenience that saves me headaches about one of the biggest investments you can make in your home — a new HVAC system.
We’re really happy with our new American Standard System, our certified contractor, and our smart thermostat. They all work together to make sure we’re comfortable no matter what Mother Nature is serving up outside. And our contractor with our maintenance plan helps make sure our investment stays in good shape.
It’s an expensive proposition to replace your HVAC system. We ended up with a highly rated system installed by a trusted professional. We had to make a decision in an emergency- not the planned replacement we were counting on. But working with our trusted local contractor, we got a great American Standard system that will keep us comfortable for years, worry-free. We couldn’t be any happier, and we know you will be too.