3 Things You Need to Know Before Purchasing a New HVAC Unit

December 19, 2015
Ross and Witmer

Purchasing a new HVAC system for your Charlotte, North Carolina, home is a big decision and investment. Although the choices can seem overwhelming, consider these three important factors when you make your purchase decision.

Energy-Efficient System Savings

If you’re upgrading your HVAC system, consider buying an energy-efficient system. Although the initial cost will be higher, you will see significant savings over time on your utility bills. Considering ENERGY STAR appliances tend to save 20 to 30 percent on your bills, you can do the math to see how much time you’ll need to recoup your initial investment.

System Sizing

HVAC systems are not one-size-fits-all propositions. Systems that are too small will be much less efficient in heating or cooling your home. A system also can be too big for your home, costing more and being less efficient than a system that is the correct size.

Although you may think bigger is better here, a system that is too big actually will be less efficient in some cases than a smaller unit. A qualified, knowledgeable technician will know to conduct a load calculation prior to installing any system, and this test will indicate the correct size of unit for your home.

Type of System

Your home’s location makes a big difference on what system is right for your home and climate. A split system with central air and a furnace is typically better for areas with hot, humid summers and colder winters. Hot water radiators are also a popular choice for heating systems with hot water circulating through pipes to heat your home. There are dozens of other configurations too, so do your research and be sure to consult with a professional. The type of system you choose is dependent on your climate and the upfront costs that you are willing to spend.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to HVAC systems, but the process doesn’t have to be difficult. For more information about HVAC systems and what is the best fit for your home, call the experts at Ross & Witmer at 704-392-6188.

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