Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings
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Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.

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Furnace Shopping: Money & Efficiency Tips

Nicole Jacobs

Has your furnace quit on you? If so, buying a new one is, no doubt, in your future. Before you just run out and buy the one with the cheapest price tag, there are some pretty important things that you're going to want to consider. While the price tag may be an important factor for you, it shouldn't be the main factor that guides your purchase, as the furnace with the cheapest price tag could end up costing you a lot more money in the long run.

Here's a look at some important things you're going to want to know before you start shopping for a new furnace.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

When you're shopping for a new furnace, you're going to see the letters AFUE on the labels. These acronym stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it's very important. It refers to how well the furnace will use fuel. Typically, the bigger the number, the more efficiently the furnace will use fuel.

Consider Tax Breaks

The type of furnace you choose could get you break on your taxes. In order to qualify for a deduction come tax time, the furnace will have to meet specific requirements. For example, gas furnaces in the northern part of the US will need to be labeled with the 'US North' Energy Star logo, and gas furnaces in the southern half of the country need to be labeled with the 'US South' Energy Star logo.

Talk to Multiple Contractors

Purchasing your furnace is only part of the equation; installation is the other. Once you buy your furnace, you're going to have to have it installed, and the contractor you choose to do the job can make the difference between a furnace that operates properly and one that doesn't.

You should interview several different HVAC technicians before choosing one. Ask about pricing, certification and experience. Though an HVAC technician with less certifications may charge less, he may not be as current with the latest skills and strategies regarding furnace installation.

You may be tempted to pick the technician who charges less for installation, however, just like choosing the less expensive furnace could end up costing you more money in the long run, so could choosing the technician that charges the least.

With these things in mind, you will be able to choose the most efficient and cost effective furnace. Start talking to professionals like Laroc Refrigeration-Metal Division to learn more and get the process started.


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