There are two important considerations when selecting the system to best fit your needs:
1) Hire a skilled contractor.
With central heating and air, product performance and reliability greatly depend on the contractor’s ability to design and install a system suited for your home.
2) Determine your wants and needs.
Because heating and cooling purchases don’t happen very often, you may not be up to speed on the latest solutions for common indoor problems. Now’s the time to speak up if you’d like to save energy, lower utility costs, correct hot and cold spots or fix a host of other problems.
A heating and air purchase is a 16-20 year commitment, so now is the time to get the system that will satisfy your family’s needs. You can do this by reviewing the questions below.
Do you want to lower your energy bills?
If you experience high gas bills in the winter, ask about 95% AFUE furnaces or higher.
If you experience high electric bills in the summer, ask about 15 SEER or higher.
Would you like to reduce the amount of hot and cold spots in your home?
If you experience hot/cold spots predominately during mild temperature days, ask about multi-stage options.
Basic two-stage systems use two stages of heating or cooling to give better comfort during mild temperature days.
Better two-stage systems use two stages of heating and cooling plus a variable-speed blower to provide more even temperature and fresher air.
The best is a modulating system that offers a multitude of stages to provide the most precise temperature control and comfort. Not all manufacturers have indoor and outdoor modulating systems like Westinghouse.
Do you want to control temperature by room?
Zoning systems are designed to allow the homeowner to control the temperature by room. You can zone as little as two areas (like an upstairs and downstairs), or you can zone up to eight. The ability to zone your home, and the approach to zoning, may vary depending on your home layout and the contractor’s skill.
Would you like to incorporate new technologies into your mechanical systems?
Wifi controlled thermostats, automated humidification and de-humidification, and air purification can all be added to your system to give your home a more healthy and comfortable environment.
As you can see, when it comes to installing new HVAC systems in your home, there are many factors and many choices that can be made. I licensed and professional heating and cooling service provider can help you make the choices that best fit your needs and wants.
Replacing heating and cooling equipment in your home is an investment that will affect you and your family in lots of ways over the life of your equipment. It is best to look your options over well and expert advice will help you make the right choices for you and your family.