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The Most Popular Big Bear HVAC Replacement Options

Bear Valley Plumbing & Heating


When it comes to Big Bear Heating and Air Conditioning a home, every area is unique. Colder climates require a furnace that can keep up during the many days of subzero temperatures, while extremely warm areas need an air conditioning system that can keep you cool during 100-degree heat.

For Big Bear HVAC systems, temperatures may not hit those extremes, but the area can see 90-degree summers and 20-degree winters. When it’s time to replace your heating and air unit, it’s important to partner with a service provider that knows the area well. With three decades of experience in servicing the Big Bear area, our technicians are well-equipped to recommend a unit that can provide lasting comfort to your home. Here are three of the most popular HVAC types installed in the Big Bear area.

High-Efficiency AC

Everyone from the Department of Energy to air conditioning manufacturers wants appliances that use less energy. For that reason, today’s HVAC systems are more efficient than in past years. But even within the newer designs there is a range of efficiency, denoted as the Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER). As of 2015, AC brands were required to have SEER ratings of at least 14, but ratings are available up to 25.

To be considered a High Efficiency AC Unit must have a SEER rating of 16 or more, but does this pay off? Each home is different, but in the Big Bear area, a high-efficiency AC unit can make a big difference during those 90-degree months. We can recommend a unit that will reduce your energy bills enough to make the extra expense worth it.

High-Efficiency Furnaces

Like central air conditioning systems, furnaces are graded on a rating scale. Furnaces follow the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating system, with the requirement of a minimum of 80 percent of used fossil fuel being converted into heat. At the high end of the scale, furnaces burn 98.5 percent of the fuel they consume each year. Although these furnaces are designed to reduce your carbon footprint, they have the added benefit of operating more efficiently, lowering heating bills and keeping your home warm.

For Big Bear HVAC customers, a high-efficiency furnace can make a big difference during the coldest winter months. However, it may not be worth the extra expense for a model with the highest AFUE rating. Instead, merely getting your home to a capacity of 90 percent or more may be sufficient to reduce your electric bills without increasing the cost of your equipment.

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Some homes are built in a way that requires separate heating and cooling for different areas. A bonus room or top story may run warmer by nature than the first floor of a home, allowing residents to reduce the HVAC output to those areas. For Big Bear HVAC customers with this type of home, we often recommend a mini-split system that can handle the unique needs of their home.

Mini-split systems can also be a good fit for a home in which ductwork installation would be complicated. Since mini-split systems require no ductwork, they can be easily put in place. As a bonus, they also save a home from the energy loss that happens as energy escapes through ductwork.

If it’s time for a new HVAC replacement, your Big Bear HVAC experts are here to help. We can assess your home’s unique setup and recommend a unit that will offer you the best energy savings while also keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. With thirty years of experience in the Big Bear area, we know exactly the type of heating and air systems necessary to match the area climate and can put our knowledge to use in your home.

If you are looking for a Big Bear plumbing, heating & air conditioning contractor, please call (909) 584-4376 or complete our online request form.