Looking to buy a new furnace, AC unit or combination unit can be intimidating. Not only do prices run high for these items, but there are so many different technologies and configurations that it can seem overwhelming. Many folks might default to the idea that cheaper is better.
While price can be one factor in deciding the best HVAC system to go with, it shouldn’t be the only factor. Here are some other things to look for when shopping for a new HVAC system that might put a little more cost on the front end, but will certainly help to save money over the life of the unit.
One of the most important factors when choosing a system is making sure to get one with a good warranty. Longer duration warranties will help to ensure that enough time is spent running both sides of the unit so any factory defects can make their way out of the system.
A good warranty should not only cover parts, but the labor to install those parts into the system should they break. A long warranty that only covers parts might end up costing you more in the long run to have them installed by qualified professionals.
When servicing your unit yourself when it is still under warranty, make sure not to break any warranty voiding stickers. This can be costly mistake. The best way to avoid making this mistake is to simply call a professional; it is covered under warranty, after all.
Check Your Energy Efficiency Ratings
There is no getting around the fact that a major energy consumer in your home is your HVAC system. More energy efficient ones cost more to purchase, but can end up saving you a bundle when you are actually operating the unit.
Remember to compare the SEER rating and the EER rating if they are both available. Don’t compare SEER to EER. The former is an average and the latter is peak performance, so they don’t directly compare. Some manufacturers do not put the EER on unit, but you can easily compute it by dividing the power consumption by the output in BTUs. Better efficiency means lower energy bills, something everyone should be looking for in an HVAC unit.
Get your Unit Professionally Maintained Regularly
We all tend to wait until a unit breaks to call the repairman, but in the case of an HVAC system this is a bad practice. Regular maintenance can help your unit last longer and be more energy efficient over its life. You should have your unit serviced annually.
Don’t be Afraid to Speak to a Professional
If you are confused by an option or how one option compares to another, don’t be afraid to contact your HVAC professional. Executive Air Conditioning has an excellent staff that is ready to help you in choosing what unit would be best for you. Feel free to contact us today for advice on a new HVAC unit.