The Energy-Efficient and User-Friendly Factors
Almost all new HVAC systems on the market today are built and designed to be energy-efficient and user-friendly. They perform exceptionally well compared to older models. Many come equipped with plenty of features that help keep your home comfortable regardless of the weather outside. They also, without a doubt, offer better performance and durability than previous models. These are but some of the reasons you, too, should consider investing in a newer and modern HVAC system for your home.
With dozens of HVAC models and systems on the market, deciding on the best one for your specific needs can be a little daunting for many. Granted, some models are more superior to others, but you must choose the right one for your home. Going for a too small or too big unit will only result in inefficient cooling/heating and energy wastage in the process.
Unless you are well acquainted with HVAC systems, it is probably best to engage with a professional for help narrowing down your choices. The HVAC specialist will need to discuss with you your home specs to determine the suitable HVAC model and size for optimal cooking and heating. Outlined below are some of the critical factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system.
Key Factors and Features to Consider
Accurate Humidity Control
A number of models are built and equipped with features that allow for one to home humidity levels, all at a touch of a button. You thus want to go for models equipped with such features for improved control, mainly if you live in high humidity areas. Most of these HVAC systems come equipped with a variable-speed compressor that offers superior humidity control and is longer-lasting as well. Unlike single or two-stage compressors, the variable-speed compressor operates at lower speeds, thus efficiently pulling humidity from the air indoors.
Most modern HVAC systems operate silently, producing only a faint hum while the compressor runs. Although most manufacturers have adopted variable-speed or multi-stage compressors to facilitate this, you should still check to confirm. The last thing you want is a loud unit, especially when/if installed next to the bedroom window or patio. Some of the best units have sound insulation blankets to reduce noise levels even further.
Almost all new HVAC systems will come with a manufacturer warranty. The warranty period can be between a year or two for parts and labor, though this depends from one manufacturer to the other. While it would be advisable to go for units with an extended warranty, you still need to have the system serviced (by a certified technician) regularly to help keep it in the best condition possible. It would help if you also were careful not to tamper with the warranty guidelines.
Added Comfort Features
Most HVAC systems will come equipped with the basic features, with more expensive ones offering so much more. You may thus want to spend a little more to get the best features, performance, and energy efficiency out of your unit. These additional comfort features allow for one to fine-tune specific settings, such as zoning and such.
Energy Efficiency Features
AC systems are typically rated based on SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The most energy-efficient systems thus have a higher rating than less efficient ones. One feature you should consider is the ability to turn the fan off as soon as the energy-saving mode is engaged or when the thermostat turns the compressor off. Some AC systems will leave the fan running even when the compressor is off, translating to higher energy consumption in the long run.
Understanding The Various HVAC Systems and Models
All AC systems aren’t built the same. Some come with better air filtering capabilities than others, and so on. This is why professional HVAC contractors emphasize having these air filters changed at least once every three months. These air filters are your first line of defense against viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen, and other allergens from infiltrating your home.
Understanding how the various AC systems work can also help in your decision-making. The most basic AC system uses a single-stage compressor, meaning you can only turn it on and off for airflow. Two-stage AC models, however, have more controls and functionality, providing better comfort levels. The best of all are AC systems equipped with a variable-speed motor as they offer long-term performance at premium comfort for your home.
As expected, the high-end variable-speed systems are considerably more expensive than single or two-stage units. The multi-stage cooling and heating provide refined temperature control for the desired results and comfort.
For all of your heating and cooling questions and needs contact the pros at Furlong HVAC Services. We’re happy to help!