5 Tips for Choosing Your Next Heating and Air Conditioning System
Most of us can’t imagine living in a place where the heating and air conditioning is hit or miss. After all, there is much to be said for being able to step inside on a hot summer day and finding respite or walking into a toasty warm room after spending time in blustering wind and cold. Consequently, when it comes to heating and air conditioning systems for your home, you want to be sure that whatever system installed is able to meet your home’s needs.
But there are a number of heating and cooling systems available on the market, and sorting through the various pros and cons of each can be time consuming. Rather spending time making phone calls and studying numerous websites, here are some things to keep in mind when selecting your next heating and air conditioning system:
- Typically, if you live in a climate where the temperature rarely goes above 85 degrees Fahrenheit then having both a heating and air conditioning system is overkill, and you can get by with just a heating system.
- Quite often, the simplest solution to your heating and cooling needs is the best one, not to mention, the least expensive one.
- Conversely, just because you opt for the simplest heating and air conditioning system solution+, it doesn’t mean that you should settle on a lower quality system. That $300 you save now can come back to bite you a few years down the road with a $1,000 repair that could have been avoided if you had spent the little bit extra at the outset. A good quality furnace can last for as much as 20 years – especially if it properly maintained!
- Don’t buy a bigger system than you need. Not only will this cost more at the outset, but it will cost more to operate. In fact, having an oversized system will actually cause excess wear and tear on your heating and air conditioning system’s components. Ask a local HVAC specialist to tell you what size system is best suited for your home. (This determination is made based on the size of your home, the amount of insulation and the local climate.)
- Choose a heating and air conditioning system that allows you to use local HVAC specialist. If your system must be serviced by someone from out of town this means you will be waiting considerably longer when there is a repair needed.
Selecting a heating and air conditioning system does not need to be a stressful process.