When moving into a new house, one of the first things you need to do is choosing the best home air conditioning service provider. From determining the dynamics and dimensions of your new home to looking at the options you have and comparing your needs, there are many factors you need to consider. Don’t be hesitant to discuss your requirements and concerns with HVAC professionals. Doing so will ensure that you make the most informed HVAC-related decision. In today’s post, let’s take a closer look at how to choosing the right air conditioning system for your new house.
Ask yourself the following questions before you purchase an HVAC system:
- Should I repair my existing unit or completely replace it?
- What size of unit do I need for my house?
- How much help do I need with the installation?
- Do I want to save in the initial costs of the unit or save money in the long run?
What Are the Rating Systems?
As you go shopping and evaluating different kinds of HVAC systems, you will encounter various rating systems. These rating systems will help you determine how much the HVAC system cost to buy and operate. Generally, the performance of the HVAC system is gauged by SEER or seasonal energy efficiency ratio and EER or energy efficiency ratio. A high rating also indicates low operating costs. However, with high scores come higher price tags. Here are the rating systems you should be familiar with:
The SEER rating is used to gauge the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. Higher SEER ratings mean less energy usage. HVAC brands with the top efficiency have 30+ SEER rating. Heat pumps and air conditioners with a 14 and above rating have the Energy Stars commendation.
On the other hand, the EER rating is one of the first attempts to regularize how the efficiency of an air conditioning unit is measured. The EER rating of a system is achieved by dividing the input electrical power (in watts) by the amount of cooling generated (in BTU’s or British Thermal Units).
As a homeowner, you’ll need an AC unit that can effectively functional during hot, humid days as well as mild, warm days. Thus, looking at both the SEER and EER rating will help you in the AC buying process. A higher SEER rating doesn’t always equate to a high EER.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor)
This measurement rates the energy efficiency of heat pumps. Similar to SEER, a higher rating shows that your heat pump needs less energy to operate. Heat pumps with the most efficiency have an HSPF rating of 13 or higher. A rating of 8.2 and above have Energy Stars affiliation to feature their efficiency.
Determining the Cost of the HVAC Unit
When it comes to determining the cost, there are two considerations: First is the price of the unit. Make sure that you get a unit that fits within your budget. To find one, compare the cost of systems from different HVAC suppliers. The price should also include the home air conditioning service and installation. The second cost consideration is the long-term expenses of the system. This comprises of the maintenance and inspection costs, parts, operation, and the lifespan of the unit.
High-efficiency units may have higher price tags and installation costs. However, their long-term expenses are much lower, making them more cost-effective options.
How to Choose a Contractor
It’s imperative to find a contractor that can provide you with excellent home air conditioning service and installation. Improper and incorrect installation of a new HVAC unit will lead to waste of up to a quarter of the energy needed to run it. This fact is especially true even for the most efficient, highly rated systems on the market. A good HVAC contractor will:
- Determine any pre-existing air conditioning and heating issues in your house and solve them.
- Know how to accurately measure your house and find an HVAC system that will match it.
- Implement best installation practices.
Where to Buy a Unit
You can go online to buy an HVAC unit or get in touch with your local contractor. Buying online helps you find discounts and deals. You can also easily compare the costs of different brands. On the other hand, buying from your local contractor can help you understand what unit will best fit your home; they can do an on-site inspection to figure it out.