Are you planning on buying a HVAC system to replace your old one? Here are the top 3 things you should take into consideration:
Efficiency – Design – Installation
An energy efficient system will reduce your energy costs, but only if it is design and installed correctly. System cooling efficiency is measured in SEER and EER(Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER/EER, the greater potential to reduce operating costs – much like miles per gallon in a car.
Design- the right sized unit
Bigger is not necessarily better. Studies show that up to half the home air conditioners don’t work the way they were designed because they are oversized. Air conditioners that are oversized turn on and off more frequently, using more energy, have higher humidity levels, and poor overall comfort levels.
Oversized systems don’t mean more comfort for you – they mean higher upfront costs, higher electricity bills, and a home that’s uncomfortable to live in.
A HVAC system is not a commodity like a washer & dryer or microwave oven. Its’ efficiency, reliability, performance and safety are directly related to the quality of installation.
When investing thousands of your hard earned dollars on a new system, it’s important that your system performs as you expect. If shortcuts are taken in the design or installation process, that small amount of money you thought you saved by going with the cheaper company will end up costing you more in the long run.
Beware of the low bidder – a few bucks saved upfront isn’t worth a system that underperforms over time.