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What to Look for When Shopping for a New HVAC System

What to Look for When Shopping for a New HVAC System

What to Look for When Shopping for a New HVAC System

Central heating and air conditioning is becoming an increasingly popular addition to many homes, no matter where you live. However, choosing the right unit for your home should be a carefully thought-out process. While cost is perhaps the top priority for many buyers, there are actually five important features to look for when you are shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system.


Cost is a big deciding factor for most consumers. Buying a new HVAC system for your home is a huge investment, but the price tag should not be the overriding factor. Cheap isn’t always best, as a higher cost usually means more advanced features or energy saving technology. Use the cost of the unit as a guide, rather than the main consideration for choosing a system.


When you are shopping for an HVAC unit, it is important to know the exact square footage of your home. Buying a system that is too small or too large for your house will result in inefficient operation – working either too hard or not hard enough. A unit that is too big won’t heat and cool your house properly, while a unit that is too small will constantly strain to keep up with demand and will cost more to run.


Focus on efficiency ratings to get the best value for your purchase price. The greater a unit’s efficiency, the better it does its job. You will be more comfortable in your home year-round and increased efficiency will help you save money on energy costs. For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER), usually between 10 and 16; for furnaces and heaters, check the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating, which ranges from 78% to more than 90%.


Most HVAC systems will require professional installation by a licensed technician. Some smaller, simple systems can be installed by an experienced do-it-yourselfer, but most furnaces and air conditioners are beyond the installation capabilities of ordinary weekend home improvement warriors. If you are going to pay a contractor to install your new system, be sure to get several price estimates in writing before handing over your money.


The last thing you want is to spend a good chunk of money on a heating and air conditioning system that is going to break down every few months. Not only is this extremely inconvenient – think no heat in January – but it can cost you a small fortune in repairs and service costs. Always shop smart by comparing different models, talking to friends, reading online reviews, and grilling your store’s sales representatives about the models they carry. Consider all reliable sources of advice and recommendations to help you choose a system that will bring years of comfort and efficiency.

If you take some time to carefully consider these five factors before you invest in a new heating and air conditioning system for your home, you will be sure to get the best value for your money. Buying a new HVAC system is a significant investment, and it pays to take your time.

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So, are you ready to install or replace a heater or air conditioner? Our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists knows heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.