HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are growing in popularity, but they have long been a key feature in many homes. We’ll discuss five important aspects of HVAC systems, which will help guide you in buying the right one for your home. It will also be wise to talk to an experienced electrician about the units you are considering prior to making a purchase.
Running from $6,000 to $12,000 for a 1,000 square-foot home, buying a new HVAC is a serious investment. Although pricing is important, don’t make it the main factor for making a choice. The least expensive HVAC is not necessarily the best choice. More expensive units typically have the most advanced features and energy saving technology.
Before you start shopping for an HVAC system, determine the exact area of your home in square feet. A unit that is too big or too small for your house won’t be efficient. It will either be underutilized or overstrained and in either case will waste money.
Durability & Reliability
Buying a dependable HVAC unit is crucial. Having no heat in the middle of winter or no air conditioning during a hot summer is both uncomfortable and costly in repairs. Make several comparisons of brands and models and study the reviews of HVAC buyers. Always ask questions regarding durability and reliability when you talk to salespeople about the systems they are selling.
The efficiency rating of an HVAC is an important way to determine whether it brings the best value for its purchase price. The greater a unit’s efficiency, the more optimal its performance will be. A highly efficient HVAC will decrease energy costs. A Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) from 10 to 16 is desirable for air conditioners. An annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating starting at 78% to 90%+ for furnaces and heaters is ideal.
Large modern HVAC systems will need a licensed electrician/technician for a professional installation. The vast majority of air conditioning and furnace units cannot be handled as DIY projects.
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