HVAC Renovations2023-01-13T15:08:13-05:00
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How an HVAC contractor can help

HVAC contractors specialize in the installation and maintenance of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems in buildings and homes. HVAC experts work with furnaces, humidifiers/dehumidifiers, air-filtration, and air-conditioning systems. HVAC technicians must follow building health and safety codes, as well as regulations surrounding the handling, conservation, recovery, and disposal of coolants and other fluids. Many HVAC technicians also work with gas units, which requires a gas technician license. It is important to find a certified HVAC professional to prevent problems, save money, and to stay comfortable.

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How much does it cost to hire a HVAC contractor?

The cost to work with an HVAC specialist can vary widely. It is important to understand that HVAC systems consist of a number of different pieces of equipment ranging from outdoor units, indoor units/furnaces, refrigeration lines, ducts, and thermostats. The cost of maintenance, repair, or installation will depend on the equipment being serviced, location, size of your home, and the condition of existing equipment. For instance, cost estimates for a furnace system can range from $3,000-$5,000 or more depending on the size of your home, while a boiler system can range from $3,000-$10,000 or more as they can require more extensive piping systems. Use our Cost Estimator to get a sense of how much HVAC services will cost in your area.

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Type of renovation Predictable budget
Furnace System $3,000 to $5,000
Boiler System $3,000 to $10,000
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How to find an HVAC contractor

Can’t seem to get the temperature comfortable in your home? Maybe you are planning a remodel or a home addition, or maybe you are just looking to save money on your energy bills. Hiring an HVAC contractor is the best way to manage your HVAC needs from furnace and air conditioning installs and maintenance to ductwork, with safe reliable service that will save you time and money in the long term.* 

*Smart Reno is unable to provide HVAC contractors for emergency calls.

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What to expect when hiring a HVAC Technician

It’s important to make sure your HVAC systems are running smoothly and efficiently. So, what’s the key to an HVAC system’s health? Regular maintenance. However, not every homeowner knows what a maintenance visit entails.

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How often should I replace my air filter?2022-02-09T11:46:18-05:00

Air filters should be inspected and cleaned every month and should be replaced every six months. Your HVAC contractor can provide specific instructions on how to clean and replace air filters on your HVAC unit.

How do I know if I need to replace my HVAC system?2022-02-09T11:45:47-05:00

HVAC systems that are over 15-years-old and require frequent repairs, or HVAC systems that are inadequately heating or cooling your home will often require a replacement. Replacing a poorly functioning HVAC system will often save you money on energy costs, and will keep your home safe and comfortable.

How often should I have HVAC maintenance?2022-02-09T11:45:16-05:00

It is recommended that you have your HVAC system serviced every six months, once for heating and once for cooling, for cleaning of all coils, filters, and housings, and in order to ensure your system is functioning to its highest performance.

What is the most efficient fan setting for my HVAC system?2022-02-09T11:44:42-05:00

The fan setting on your thermostat controls your HVAC systems blower which circulates air throughout your home. The most efficient fan setting on a properly functioning HVAC system is auto. When your system’s fan is set to auto, it will automatically turn on when your system begins heating or cooling and will shut off once your system reaches the desired temperature until the next cycle.

What is SEER rating?2022-02-09T11:43:37-05:00

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, a rating of how much energy an air conditioning unit will use during its operation throughout the course of a year. Your HVAC specialist will help you understand this to best select a unit to serve your budget and air conditioning needs before an installation.

What type of HVAC system is required for my home?2022-02-09T11:43:16-05:00

A unit that is too small or too large for the size of your home will not properly satisfy your heating or cooling needs and will be energy inefficient. An HVAC contractor can properly calculate heat loss/heat gain based on your room load and determine your HVAC requirements. Based on your home layout and budget your HVAC contractor will determine whether you need split systems, hybrid systems, duct-free systems, or a packaged heating and air system.

Do I need an HVAC contractor to install a thermostat?2022-02-09T11:42:31-05:00

While you may see thermostats available for purchase at the hardware store or online, it is not always a simple DIY job. An HVAC expert will make sure to select a fully compatible unit and can handle any complicated wiring of your thermostat. Additionally, some warranties are considered void by manufacturers unless the thermostat is installed by an HVAC professional. An expertly installed thermostat will ensure your HVAC system is functioning to its highest efficiency.

How do I know if I need HVAC repair?2022-02-09T11:41:57-05:00

If you notice your HVAC system keeps shutting off, if there are unusual noises coming from your furnace or air conditioner, or if you’re not getting adequate heating or cooling in your home you likely will require HVAC repair.

What is an HVAC System?2022-02-09T11:41:07-05:00

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems are composed of various equipment to heat, cool, purify, circulate, and control the humidity in your home. This may include furnaces or boilers, air conditioners, ducts, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, thermostats and more.

Why should I hire a professional HVAC contractor?2022-10-12T13:44:04-04:00

Firstly, hiring an HVAC pro can help you save money – a lot of money! Not only can professional HVAC contractors immediately identify HVAC issues and get your system up and running as quickly as possible, they also have the experience to ensure that a job is done correctly the first time, without the need for extra services down the road. 

Secondly, HVAC contractors know about safety – servicing any electrical unit, like an air condition, can pose dangers and they have the training to ensure a safe working environment. These experts also have a network of fellow professionals who update their training and certifications regularly so they comply with the certifications required by city codes and regulations. 

Finally, there’s the warranty – DIY fixes to an HVAC system often void the warranty so a pro is recommended for both preventative work and repair.

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