Buying a new HVAC system? New technology to consider before you buy

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If you are considering a new HVAC system, we got some great tips from our recent interview with John...

If you are considering a new HVAC system, we got some great tips from our recent interview with John Hillis, vice president of Casteel Heating and Plumbing. They are the Small Business of the Year winner for three consecutive years and were just voted the Best Company to Work for by the Heating and Air Conditioning Association. Hillis shared that high efficiency HVAC systems, ultraviolet light systems and smart technology were some of the best innovations in the HVAC industry.

High efficiency heating and air conditioning systems

One of the biggest areas of technological improvements in the HVAC industry is the high efficient HVAC systems. "The new High Efficiency Heating and Air Conditioning system being built today can save homeowners 30, 40, 50 or even 60 percent on their heating and cooling bills. With furnaces that are 95 percent efficient, and air conditioning systems above 20 SEER, today's units are powerful money savers," Hillis shared. The top-of-the-line furnace models are often available at significant discounts, as competing HVAC companies work to keep busy in a struggling Atlanta economy.

Ultraviolet light systems

Ultraviolet, or UV, light is a type of shortwave radiation. While you may automatically think UV is bad for your skin, it is very useful in purifying the air inside your home. UV light has been proven to kill up to 99 percent of germs in the air. Not all UV HVAC systems are created equal. One of the most effective models has UV rays that shine on the cold air outside of the air conditional vaporization coil. This type of model serves a double purpose, as it not only purifies the air but also prevents buildup inside the air conditioning unit. Just a small amount of buildup can reduce efficiency by a significant amount.

Smart technology for HVAC systems

These systems can come equipped with cool gadgets including touch screens and remote controlling via smartphone, iPad or computer. These systems can send you alerts if there is a problem with your home's system or if a fire breaks out in your home. They also allow you to control your home's temperature remotely, meaning you can lower your heat or air during the day while you are away and set it to the desired temperature before your commute home.

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