At first, it may seem obvious to the new homeowner, but with just a little research, choosing the right HVAC system quickly becomes complicated.
Choose the right HVAC system capacity relevant to the size of your home
Maximize comfort in your home by choosing the HVAC system that will optimize your living space to provide ultimate heating and cooling.
There are a plethora of options available on the current market, and it can be tricky to understand which selections will fit your needs.
Because a new HVAC system is a substantial investment in your living space, it is critical that you take the time to make the right choice. Here are a few tips to consider:
First, take a serious look at the layout of your home, including floor space, volume, elevation, and surrounding environment. Different homes have different needs. Be sure to choose an HVAC system that offers the adequate capacity for the size of your home.
If you choose a system with a higher power that is not required for the demands of your home, you may be increasing spending costs more than necessary.
Selecting an HVAC system that fits your home in terms of efficiency can save a lot of money in the long run.
Educate yourself on HVAC systems
Secondly, educate yourself on the basic workings of an HVAC system so you can engage in meaningful discussion with those involved in the purchase.
You don’t need to be an expert to make an informed choice, but the more you know on the topic, the better you will be able to navigate the research and shopping process.
Research general knowledge about heating and cooling services as well as the energy levels of your home, so that you can gauge capacity with your practical needs.
Choose the right HVAC system questions to ask
Another tip for choosing the right HVAC system is to ask appropriate questions. This comes as a natural result of educating yourself on the topic, the local offerings, and the particular needs of your home.
Meaningful questions could include:
- Which is better for my home—gas, electric, or oil?
- What are the benefits of a two-stage furnace?
- How does this unit impact humidity in my home, and why does that matter?
- What regular maintenance will this particular HVAC unit require?
When asking questions, just be sure to remember that depending on who is answering the question, you may get a different answer.
If you are asking questions to a sales representative, they may encourage you to get a more expensive model than you require.
Be sure to ask questions to an informed expert who you trust—someone who will provide information that will be helpful in discerning which HVAC system your home requires.
Visit the HVAC company’s website
In addition, be sure to visit a company’s website before you commit to doing business with them.
Many of your questions may be answered by browsing through web pages online.
The website can also demonstrate how professional a particular company is.
- Does their website look amateur or feature errors?
- Does it list sources where they have completed projects successfully?
There may also be professional certifications listed on the website to indicate a reputable source.
Read the HVAC company’s reviews
A final tip would be to read reviews. See what others have to say about their experience with a particular company.
If there are several reviews that express legitimate concerns, you may want to look for another company to engage with.
By considering your unique needs, educating yourself, asking informed questions, researching a company online and considering others’ reviews, you will have a better chance of finding the right HVAC system for your home.
About the Author
Armondo Mollindeo is co-founder and CEO at Elite Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, which has been providing AC repairs and maintenance to Las Vegas residents since 2005.
We are a full service heating, cooling and plumbing company with an extensive list of satisfied customers. At Elite, we believe in earning our customers trust with quality work, excellent customer service, and professionalism.
With a commitment to delivering superior service, we offer our Las Vegas customers comprehensive heating, cooling, plumbing, and maintenance services to meet your home’s mechanical needs.