HVAC Buying Guide According to Consumer Affairs

HVAC Buying Guide

HVAC Buying Guide According to Consumer Affairs

An HVAC system for your Walnut Creek home is an important investment in creating a comfortable and healthy environment for your family. It is important to be an educated shopper in order for this investment to last 12 to 15 years.

There are many HVAC options available on the market and they’re actually quite overwhelming to choose from. Deciding which brand, offers the best features at the best value can be tough. Choosing an HVAC system for your home will definitely not be easy. To help you shop for the best HVAC system, here is our recommendation. At Hometown Heating and Air Conditioning, we tend to turn to the latest reports from Consumer Affairs. Below are some tips from their HVAC buying guide.

Right Size HVAC System

Establish the right HVAC unit size for your home. Size plays a very important role in the speed of cooling or heating, as well as energy-efficiency. For accurate sizing, do use the calculator provided on the Energy Star website. A Hometown Heating and Air Comfort Advisor will also be able to properly measure your home providing you with a recommendation for the right size HVAC unit for your home. If you have an older home, the system that was built with the home is not always the right size by today’s’ standards. It is best to consult a professional.

Regular Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance

Study the maintenance requirements of the system. Knowing these will allow you to find the right HVAC service company to execute regular maintenance and to ensure the proper working order and functional lifespan of the system. Regular HVAC maintenance may seem unimportant on a brand new unit but it is often times crucial to maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty.

HVAC System Energy Efficiency

Look at the efficiency of the unit. This is expressed as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating or SEER. The minimum SEER for a split system central air conditioner allowed today is 13. It is important to look for units with SEER ratings of 13 or greater. The main principle you should remember about judging the efficiency of a unit is this: the higher the SEER, the better for utility savings. If you’re looking to save money on your utility bills, efficiency is one factor you really need to focus on.

Unique Features

Extra features should be looked into as well. There are sophisticated HVAC systems that can be programmed for improved usage in the home. However, no matter how smart your thermostat is, or the brand HVAC system you choose other parts of the home play a unique role in performance. Ask your local HVAC contractor to perform a heat load calculation. The heat load calculation looks at the air flow compared to the layout of the home. The heat load calculation also looks at duct and insulation performance. Concord, Walnut Creek and other Contra Costa, Tri-Valley area homeowners can call us to learn more.

Longevity and Reliability

It is important to read reliability results. Finding out how well an HVAC system has performed for others is always helpful in choosing the right investment. You can better compare your options this way and find out which truly is the best performer.

If you have questions about the hvac buying guide, or a new furnace and air conditioner, contact Hometown HVAC today!

 

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