Five Secrets to Purchasing Excellent Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment

04 feb 2015 by Andrew Richmond

Shopping for a really good cooling and heating system can be quite a challenging task, particularly if you belong to this group of unfortunate business or home owners who managed to do nothing with their system that got completely broken, unable to be repaired. But what should be done to make the right choice of this important sort of home equipment? Further you're offered five secrets that will help you to find the right way.

1. A big size doesn't mean good quality and efficiency. No matter what system you're choosing for your home, it should have the right size. First of all, the size and construction of the building it will be installed in should be taken into account. You can meet retailers who will try to sell you a system of a larger size for the simple reason that they are going to make more money on it. But you should buy the system that is meant to ideally heat or cool the size of the building you're going to install it in. A too large or small system will create many unnecessary problems with installation and price, as well as monthly energy payments. For instance, a too large air conditioner will cool down the space too quickly and will automatically turn off before proper lowering of the humidity there. As a result, the space will have a higher humidity level.

2. Picking the experienced contractor for installation is an important element of the equation. You may be sure that despite the high quality of your new heating and cooling system, it can work improperly if installed wrong. There are certain manufacturer's specifications according to which a definite system must be installed. And if the contractor doesn't install it in a proper way, you may need to pay lunatic heating bills for many years to come. So, hire only a reputable installer for your system.

3. All ducts should be well inspected and if necessary repaired before installing a new heating and air cooling system. The matter is that the ductwork plays a very important role in functioning of the HVAC system. If the ductwork, for example, has a leak anywhere, warm or cool air can be easily lost. You can also face other problems with too much duct. If necessary, you can repair the ductwork on your own saving yourself a few more years of the current system. But if the ductwork has more serious problems replacement of the furnace can be not enough. In this case, ask for help from professionals.

4. Different elements of the system should be replaced separately and at different times. The furnace requires replacement about every fifteen years, while the heat pump has to be changed every ten years, as well as the air conditioner. Following these recommendations will prevent you from inability to cool or heat your home or business when it is necessary, as well as from too high energy bills.

5. Choosing a heating and air conditioning system consider the place where you live. It's better to consult a few different contractors about different types of systems to be used in your particular home. For instance, if your gas bill is rather high during winter months, consider getting a furnace that is minimum 95% AFUE or higher. To reduce the size of your electric bills, consider buying a system that is 15 SEER or more.

So, the heating and air cooling system is an important part of a residential or commercial building. And self-education in the question of its replacing can be a wise idea.