8 Factors to Consider When Selecting an HVAC System

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An HVAC system maintains comfortable temperatures in your home and purifies the air. However, selecting the correct type of HVAC system is not easy. Consider the following factors when buying a new HVAC unit.

1. Cost

Many people often assume that an expensive unit has the best features. But this is only sometimes true, and some units are overpriced. Compare various HVAC brands to ensure that you don’t overpay for your HVAC unit. The vital factor is selecting an HVAC system with the required features.

2. Installation and Maintenance Needs

Different HVAC systems have different maintenance and installation requirements. Ideally, you should select an HVAC unit that has a simple and affordable installation process. The unit shouldn’t also require regular maintenance if you want to reduce your maintenance expenses.

3. Operation Noise

Most HVAC systems don’t produce a lot of noise and often operate silently. This is particularly true for units that have multi-stage compressors and variable-speed motors. However, certain types of HVAC units are loud and can be a nuisance, particularly if you install them near the bedroom window. Buy a unit that has sound insulation blankets to reduce noise.

4. Proper Warranty

Virtually all new HVAC systems have a manufacturer warranty. The main difference is the duration of the warranty and what it covers. The best approach for you may be to choose a unit with the longest warranty. Also, consider if the manufacturer offers regular servicing of the system to boost its functionality.

5. Unit Size

HVAC systems come in different types of sizes, and not every size is ideal for your home. An undersized unit won’t produce enough air to warm or cool your home. As a result, the unit will strain and wear and tear quickly. In some cases, an undersized unit also causes uneven temperatures.

On the other hand, an oversized unit will generate excess warm or cool air. This will not only make the room uncomfortable but can unnecessarily increase your energy bills. Oversized units also don’t cycle properly and are unable to provide adequate dehumidification during the cooling season.

The solution is to ask an HVAC professional to measure your home’s heating and cooling requirements and recommend the appropriate size of the HVAC unit.

6. Energy Efficiency

An HVAC unit is one of your home’s biggest energy consumers. Fortunately, the units have various energy ratings that can help you determine the efficiency of your chosen HVAC system.

One of the most common ways to measure the efficiency of an HVAC unit is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Units with high SEER numbers are more energy efficient than those with lower numbers. The SEER rating can also help you to choose air conditioners and heat pumps.

Another common way to measure energy efficiency is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). HVAC units with higher AFUE ratings are more efficient. You can also use the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) to measure the efficiency of your unit.

7. Durability

You want to select an HVAC unit that will serve your home for a long time. The ideal unit should also not wear and tear frequently. The durability of the HVAC units depends on their materials and working mechanism. So you should select a unit that matches your durability wants and budget needs as closely as possible.

8. Add-Ons

Today’s HVAC units come with various smart features to improve convenience and reduce energy wastage. The most common smart feature is a smart thermostat that allows you to pre-set the temperature readings of the unit. Some smart thermostats can even detect when you are not home and reduce or turn off the HVAC unit.

Do you want to install a new HVAC system? Steele Brothers Heating, Inc., has offered HVAC installation, repair, and services since 1993. We have a team of qualified technicians who uphold exceptional standards of professionalism. Contact us to enjoy the rewards of a superior commitment to quality.

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