Things to Consider When You Buy a New HVAC System
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Things to Consider When You Buy a New HVAC System

Is it high time you started thinking about a furnace or air conditioner replacement? Buying new HVAC components is a big investment, not just because they’re pricey but also because they determine how comfortable you get to be inside your home. So before your unit finally dies, you’ll want to take some time to think about what you’re really looking for in a new system.

What do you need to consider? Price, energy efficiency, the best time of year to buy, and a whole lot more. Read on for a brief buying guide that’ll help you choose the best furnace or air conditioner for your needs.

Type of HVAC System

What kind of system do you currently have? Are you satisfied with it, or are you thinking about making a change? You can choose between the following four types of systems:

●        Split system

●        Ductless system

●        Hybrid system

●        Packaged system

Split systems are the most common type of HVAC system in homes across the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily mean such a system is the best choice for your home.

If you have questions about the type of system that’s right for your needs and budget, consult with an HVAC services company. The pros can assess your home size, as well as your heating and cooling requirements to recommend the best system for your needs and budget.

While you’re considering your heating and cooling options, check out these New Years Resolutions for Your HVAC System That Can Change Your Life. Follow those suggestions when you get your new unit(s) installed, and they’ll help you get the best performance and most life out of your system. 

Energy Efficiency Rating

Heating and cooling systems are assigned energy efficiency ratings based on the amount of energy they consume compared to their output of warm or cool air. Depending on the type of system you’re considering, you may see these ratings as SEER, AFUE, HSPF, or EER, but they all refer to the same thing.

The ratings are denoted by numbers, so the higher the number, the more energy-efficient a particular system is. If you opt for a unit with a high rating, you’ll pay more upfront. Over the long run, however, a more efficient unit will actually save you money because it’ll use less energy to heat or cool your home, which will help reduce your monthly bills.

Unit Cost

As mentioned, the more efficient the HVAC system, the more it will cost upfront. The same idea applies to systems that are more durable and those that require less routine maintenance.

Of course, you should purchase a unit according to your budget, but you should also consider potential long-term savings that a particular unit may deliver. Many HVAC service companies offer financing, so if you need to spread out your investment to afford a better piece of equipment, it’s possible to do that.

Heating or Cooling Capacity

It’s important to choose a unit that’s capable of heating and cooling your home effectively. How do you make that determination? Look for the unit’s BTU rating, which measures its heating or cooling output. The higher the number, the greater the unit’s capacity.

If you own a large home, you’ll need a heating and air conditioning system with a higher BTU rating because you have more space under air. If you’re unsure what an appropriate BTU rating is for your home, an HVAC service pro can perform an assessment (called a Manual J Load Calculation). This calculation will determine the size and capacity of unit that’s best for your house.

Time of Year to Buy

Generally speaking, it’s best to shop around for new heating and cooling units in the off-season. That means you’ll want to look for a furnace during summer and an air conditioner during winter, as units are more likely to be in stock. Plus, since the demand for units is far lower during their respective off-seasons, you may be able to score a better deal, too.

Contact The Comfort Company for All Your HVAC Needs 

Time for a new heating unit or air conditioner? Get in touch with our team at The Comfort Company! We specialize in furnace, boiler, air conditioner, and geothermal heating and cooling systems for homeowners throughout Hermantown, Duluth, and the surrounding areas. If you need help determining your home’s HVAC needs, we’re at your service.

To learn more about your HVAC options or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 218-491-1226 or send us a message with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch.

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