Choosing a new HVAC component or a complete system can be a bit overwhelming. There are many different brands and options on the market today, each offering different features and options that can be confusing when trying to make comparisons.
Ideally, choosing an HVAC system starts with talking to HVAC professionals you trust. Most of the top service companies can install any system. They can often make recommendations that will help you find the system you need. It is a good idea to avoid using any service that is promoting one specific brand of heating and air conditioning equipment. This will limit your choices and narrow down the customization possibilities.
Know your Budget Limits
The most expensive HVAC system is not necessarily the best for your home. In fact, many of the mid-range systems offer all the features of the top-level systems and, for most homes, provide the capacity for heating and cooling required.
Check for any manufacturer rebates, energy efficiency programs or even dealer promotions once you know the system you want to install.
Size is Significant in Efficiency
Choosing an HVAC system that is too large for the home or too small for the home is inefficient. If the square footage of the home and the cooling and heating capacity of the system is close, a larger system may be a cost-saving option in the long run.
Systems that are too small tend to run continually to maintain temperatures. Systems that are a too large cycle on and off on a continual basis which can create heavy energy use that quickly adds up.
Choose a Known Brand
Narrowing your search to known manufacturers and brand names is important. You don’t want to purchase a system to have the company go out of business in a few years, creating issues if you need replacement parts or repairs.
Take your time and research the options based on the heating and cooling capacity you need as well as your budget and the systems your HVAC service provider recommends. By shopping in advance, you have the time to find the ideal system for your home.