How to Select the Right HVAC System for Your Home

HVAC systems are great for keeping your home comfortable all year long in both the hot and cold months of the year. If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, it is important that you start the HVAC selection process by doing some research. Here are some tips to help you select the right HVAC system for your home needs and your own personal preferences.

First, you will want to reach out to multiple contractors so that you can obtain bids for the project. Typically it is best to avoid working with the highest or lowest bidder if their numbers are extreme compared to the rest. Choose to work with a contractor who seems reliable and also reasonable in price and job expectations. Once you choose a contractor, explain specifically what your HVAC needs are as well as your budget.

You will now have to determine your energy source for the HVAC system. This will determine which HVACs will be appropriate for your home, eliminating others that will not work. The most common energy sources are electric, natural gas, propane, and fuel oil. If you are unsure about your energy source, a professional will be able to help you identify what you are currently using. Typically, you will use the energy source common in your neighborhood since it is easier to access and ready to go.

Next, you will want to choose the HVAC model that is best for you and your needs. The most important factor is the size of the HVAC system. If an HVAC system is too small, it likely will not keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If it is too big you will likely end up wasting money heating and cooling your home as the system will constantly shut off and turn on. To decide the size, you will need to consider a few factors regarding your home such as location, insulation, house orientation (north, south, east, or west facing), climate, temperature preferences, occupants, shape of your home and more. The best way to calculate these factors and determine an HVAC size is to hire a professional to come into your home and conduct an assessment based on these factors, not just the home’s square footage.

You should also consider if installing both heating and air conditioning is right for you. If you are in an area where the temperature rarely exceeds 85 degreed Fahrenheit, you may not need AC at all. However, most homeowners live in areas where AC comes in handy frequently. In addition to keeping cool, this is also a great way to increase the value and appeal of your home when it comes time to sell.

The next step is to decide what kinds of features you expect of an HVAC system. If all you need is a system that will heat and cool your home, you may choose a simpler model. However, if you are concerned about other things such as air quality, dehumidification, noise control options, zoning controls, and other additions, you may choose a more sophisticated model that can offer all of these things for your home air and temperature.

Once you have gone through these considerations, you will be prepared to select the right HVAC system for your home needs. The next step is to hire your contractor for installation and complete ductwork service. Once your new HVAC system is set up you will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round with an efficient, size appropriate heating and cooling system.

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