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Answering Your FAQs About HVAC Replacement


We get a lot of questions about HVAC replacement in the area. Before you make that kind of investment, you want to know what your options are, how much a new system will cost, and what the installation process is like. There are a lot of options on the market and you want to make the best decision, especially since your HVAC system is something you have to live with for 15 years or more. 

If you’re thinking about an HVAC replacement in Staten Island, NY, our team is here to help. In the meantime, you can keep reading to get the answers to your frequently asked questions about HVAC replacement. Then, when you give us a call for your free assessment, you’ll feel prepared with a better understanding of what to expect.

How Much Is a New HVAC Installation

There is no exact answer or even a reasonable price range that we can give because the cost is dependent on a lot of factors. These factors include the type of HVAC system you want, its efficiency rating, whether you choose gas or electric, the size of the unit that your home needs, and anything else you want to add on.

If you’re concerned about your budget, the best thing you can do is plan ahead. Begin to consider a replacement a few years before you actually need it. You can get a quote, although the price may change in the next few years. You’ll still have a good idea of how much you need to save for this major purchase.

What Size HVAC Unit Do I Need?

New York City is in climate zone four, which greatly impacts the type and size of your HVAC unit. And the power of an HVAC unit is measured in British thermal units, or BTUs. Climate zone four requires 45 to 50 BTUs per square foot for adequate heating and cooling. The square footage of your home depends on the overall BTUs that your HVAC unit has to produce. 

You want to have an HVAC unit that is the just-right size for your home. A unit that is too small will struggle to keep up with your temperature expectations. A unit that is too large will constantly short cycle and wear down faster, requiring replacement sooner. 

Does My Ductwork Need to be Replaced? 

Most ductwork will last for a maximum of 25 years. It’s possible that your ductwork can last through a new HVAC system, but there’s a chance we will need to repair or replace the ductwork during our installation. You may want to avoid that extra cost, but doing so can cost you on your monthly energy bills. Faulty ductwork can allow up to 30% of your heated and cooled air to escape before reaching your home. This means that your HVAC unit has to work 30% harder to reach the temperature that you want. 

Serving Staten Island’s Heating and A/C needs since 1955. Contact Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment for your HVAC service today!

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