Air Conditioner Repairs You Can Make Yourself

« Back to Home

Buying A New HVAC: BTU, Filters, And Cleaning

Posted on

Moving from window units to an HVAC system is something many homeowners do at some point. This upgrade means choosing the right HVAC system for your needs and your home in general. If you have never considered purchasing an HVAC, you may be confused about the basic key points of the available systems. These key points deal with BTUs, filters, and with the ongoing cleaning the system requires. Here are a few things to know about these key points regarding your AC purchase.


The first thing you should understand about upgrading from a window unit to an HVAC system deals with BTUs. The measure of BTUs an HVAC system has lets you know how much energy the system uses to maintain your temperature in the home. The basic key to keep in mind is that the larger amount of BTUs the system has, the larger space it can handle and maintain. If you have a large or multi-floor home, then a system with a small number of BTUs may not be able to handle the energy maintenance.  Also, if you live in an area where the heat is higher than the normal average, you will need a system with a higher BTU rating. 


Air filters are an important factor when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. There are several types of filters available depending on the type of unit you have. One of the key components to remember when looking into the filters you will need is what the filter actually does. For example, you may find filters that simply keep debris from getting into the fins of the AC unit. However, you may also find filters that also help improve the air quality in your home. Make sure the system you choose is compatible with the air filtration system you want. 


Many homeowners choose their HVAC system based on not only the BTUs and the filters but also on cleaning. If a system is harder to maintain than other systems, the homeowner may not choose that system. If the system is fairly easy to maintain, the homeowner is more likely to buy it. An easy-to-maintain system means you can change the filters on a routine basis and do light cleaning to maintain the level of dust and debris entering the system. You may also need to clean the coils and do other minor cleaning steps to maintain the system. 

When you are ready to make the upgrade from window unit ACs to an HVAC system, contact your HVAC contractor. They will help you with the transition. They will also offer several options for the type of system that may work well for you. The contractor can also help answer multiple questions about the HVAC system and the upgrade or transition from window units to full HVAC systems. 

Reach out to an AC contractor to learn more.