New air conditioners can last between 15 and 20 years. Older systems, however, may work this long but their energy efficiency is greatly reduced. It’s a good idea to start planning your new HVAC system investment long before your energy bills skyrocket or your system malfunctions. There are several key factors that every homeowner should consider when looking for the perfect HVAC system.
There are many aspects of your home that affect the size of the HVAC system you need. Many homeowners default to purchasing a similar model to their current unit without accounting for potential inefficiencies or incompatibilities of that system. Instead of basing your choice on the size of your existing system, it is wise to review and consider the elements necessary to determine the correct size. Along with the age of your home, windows, and doors, you should consider your home’s square footage and the climate you live in, as well as technical components like insulation, ductwork, and weatherproofing. Discuss your needs with an experienced HVAC service provider to get help and advice on choosing the correct system size for your home.
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With so many types of HVAC systems to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which would be the best fit for your home. Only a technician that has experience with multiple systems will be able to compare your home and your needs to the pros and cons of each HVAC system option. Many different kinds of systems are available, such as ductless, split (both indoor and outdoor unit), single room, and hybrid split. Professional HVAC experts can answer any questions you may have about these systems and others.
Many upgraded features can be added to your HVAC system. Extra filtration and purification systems are becoming increasingly popular for offering the benefit of better indoor air quality, many units are designed to use less energy, and dehumidifier systems and variable fan speeds can help make your home into an even more comfortable oasis.
The energy-efficiency score of an HVAC system is calculated using the SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is determined by the ratio of the system’s BTU output to the power input in watts. The minimum score to be classified as an energy-efficient system is 14, and a score between 16 and 19 is ideal for reduced energy consumption. An HVAC system with a score of 20+ is the best you can get.
When making a large financial investment in your home with a new HVAC system, you’ll want to know that your purchase is covered by a comprehensive warranty. If available, you may also want to purchase additional coverage for your new system or extend the length of time it’s covered.
To learn more about new HVAC system options and what would be most beneficial to you in your home, schedule a visit from a service provider for a consultation. They will be able to answer your questions and discuss various options, benefits, and extra features to keep you and your family comfortable in any season.