KEY TIPS FOR ENSURING YOU BUY THE RIGHT HVAC SYSTEM
Trusted HVAC contractors worth their salt will tell that the installation of an HVAC system is more important than the brand you choose. On the AC side, most HVAC systems use the same compressor from one manufacturer. The compressor is the most critical part of an HVAC system. There was once a bigger differentiation between brands, but that’s not so much the case anymore.
HVAC contractors can help you select the right HVAC system for your home. To do so, they’ll carefully review your existing duct work, drain pipes, future plans, budget and your home’s layout. It’s a lot to consider, but it’s key to installing an HVAC system that fits your needs.
Let’s start with the duct work. HVAC contractors must verify the ducts are adequate to handle a new HVAC system. In some homes, the ducts were designed to handle the last generation of HVAC systems. But today’s systems have different requirements in order to perform at their peak.
Next comes inspecting your drain pipes. HVAC contractors are looking for any blockages to ensure your new system has adequate drainage so that water doesn’t back up into the HVAC system and cause damage.
Selecting the right HVAC system requires choosing a level of efficiency. Higher efficiency HVAC systems have a higher initial cost than lower efficiency versions, with the savings coming from lower utilities going forth. Consider how long you’ll live in your home. If you’re staying long enough to recoup any extra cost via energy savings, it’s worth it to invest in a higher efficiency. If not, spend less on the lower efficiency system. And if you’re planning to stay in your home for a long time, consider a geothermal system for the ultimate in energy cost savings.
With HVAC system efficiency decided, choosing a size is the next step. The size of the HVAC system has to match the size of your home. Too small and the HVAC system can’t take manage the load of heating or cooling on extremely hot and cold days. Too large, and the system cools the home too quickly, shuts off, not running long enough to remove the humidity.
Look for sales and rebates on the HVAC system that meets your needs based on the above. United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has sales throughout the year, as well as manufacturers’ and the occasional rebate or tax break from the government on certain efficiencies.
Once your HVAC system is installed, consider investing in a 10-year warranty. It’s an affordable insurance policy on a new generation of HVAC systems. Today’s systems have more working parts and components. Maintaining higher efficiency equipment requires a higher level of knowledge than older systems so choose an HVAC contractor with experience with this new technology.