Buying an HVAC System for New Home? Here's What You Need to Know
There’s a lot to think about when building a home in Buckhead. Paint colors, exterior siding, carpeting are just a few of the decisions you’ll have to make. The HVAC system for your new home will make or break your comfort - and your energy costs. Learn what you need to know before having the HVAC system installed in your new home to ensure a high return on investment, a comfortable home and low energy bills.
The most important factor to consider when buying an HVAC system for new home is this: HVAC equipment generally lasts between 15 to 25 years, so you’re going to live with your investment for a long time. If it’s inefficient, you’ll be paying more for energy usage for 25 years. If it doesn’t effectively remove humidity, you’re going to suffer with an uncomfortable home throughout the long summer for the next 25 years.
That said, it’s critical that you buy the highest quality, highest efficiency HVAC system that you can, so that it will perform well over the next several decades, keep you comfortable and use energy wisely. This is not a time to skimp on quality.
Getting the most for your money involves multiple factors:
- Efficiency ratings.The furnace and A/C you choose will have efficiency ratings to show how well they perform and how much you’ll pay for energy consumption. Furnaces are given an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The top performing systems are rated 98 percent AFUE, which means they only waste 2 percent of the energy consumed to generate heat. Air conditioners are rated with seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), and the best systems reach 24 to 26 SEER.
- Features. It pays to invest in a higher-priced system with advanced features that offer improved comfort and energy savings. For example, high-efficiency air conditioners and furnaces employ variable-speed air handlers, which work nearly round-the-clock to better manage humidity in summer, and evenly distribute heat in winter.
- Installation. Another important investment, the quality of the contractor you hire to install the HVAC system also dictates performance. If your contractor improperly sizes the equipment, for example, it won’t deal with humidity properly or it will use more energy than necessary to condition the home.
For help installing and choosing the right HVAC system for new home, contact Casteel Heating Cooling and Plumbing today.