Installations

While HVAC systems can last for decades, invariably the time comes when it is time to replace a unit. The good news is that the latest technology and high efficiency options available can save you money even when the weather is headed into ridiculously hot or bone-chilling cold territory. According to ENERGY STAR, a newer unit can save you up to 20% on your energy bills. Now, that is good news! As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, a “matched system,” which refers to replacing your air conditioning and heating systems at one time, will result in more consistent temperatures, lower humidity levels, and better indoor air quality throughout your house. It also preserves the factory warranty and can extend the life of your entire system over time.

Terry’s A/C and Heating often recommends the following types of HVAC systems for residential applications:

Central Air Conditioning & HeatingCentral Air Conditioning paired with a gas furnace consist of both an indoor and outdoor component. This explains why it is called a “split unit.” An indoor evaporator coil and circulating fan (often located in a home’s attic) is linked to an outdoor condensing unit which moves heated air out of the home. Both components are linked in a “closed loop system” which uses refrigerant to cool and distribute air indoors while moving warm air outdoors. The gas heater or furnace (often located in an attic or hall closet) uses the indoor air system to distribute warm air in the winter throughout a home’s duct system. Central Air and Heat is very common in West Houston and the surrounding area and because it excels at cooling and heating a large area efficiently.

Heat Pumps & Hybrid Systems – Heat Pump systems are more expensive than a typical Central Air and Heat arrangement because they provide both cooling and heat! They function as excellent air conditioners much of the year, and in the winter have a chameleon-like ability to heat as well. For some situations, this is all the system their home might need. This type of system works best in our mild climate that freezes less often. Hybrid systems which add-on a gas furnace to fire up during the coldest nights is yet one more option that some homeowners opt for so they have the best of both worlds. Heat pumps are prized for their superior ability to save energy. Geothermal heat pumps, a specific type of heat pump, are available but less common due to their expense.

Ductless Solutions – These “Mini-Split” systems are both highly efficient and offer great flexibility, especially if you are working with a much older home where retrofitting ductwork could be prohibitively expensive or you have just a small area to heat or cool. While pricier than a traditional central air and heating system, they do the best when smaller spaces are involved. These systems do not require ducts and they can cool or heat/cool one or multiple rooms. These sleek models are often mounted high on the wall to save space and come with a remote control with a smaller condenser unit or heat pump outdoors.

It goes without saying that the best time to replace an HVAC system is during the spring and fall, when temperatures are less severe. There are often specials you can take advantage of, too. This is why we recommend regular maintenance {link to service and repair} twice a year to anticipate and prevent any repairs of your HVAC system. Our Peace of Mind Protection Program is another option to make service and maintenance easy.

Contact Terry’s A/C and Heating today to get an itemized bid and advice for choosing a HVAC unit that is correctly sized for your home on a budget you can afford. We also offer a variety of financing options so you can pay over time. We guarantee our work a full year, and warranties last up to three years for the labor on our custom installations. Find out what our customers say about our work, and why friends and family choose us over other air conditioning and heating contractors in the West Houston area.