Buying a new HVAC system is one of the most challenging purchases most homeowners face. Deciding on the right HVAC types for your home requires a considerable amount of information, from how energy efficient your home is to your financial temperament. These steps can help you get started on this challenging process.
Before you invest much time in selecting a new system, take time to interview HVAC contractors. The best contractors will visit your home before making any pricing commitments or system suggestions. They will conduct a load calculation, which is an in-depth look at the energy efficiency of your home. Determining your home’s conditioning load helps find the optimal size for the new system. When they’re the wrong size, they lose efficiency and you won’t be as comfortable.
Once you know how large your system should be, you can move onto selecting the HVAC types based on your budget and personal preferences. If you install a high-efficiency HVAC system, you can look forward to lower energy bills year-round. It will cost you more upfront, but over the lifetime of the system, it will save you money. Conversely, a less efficient system will cost less initially, but you’ll pay more monthly over its lifetime.
When HVAC manufacturers upgrade their equipment, it’s almost always to make them more energy efficient. In this climate, features worth exploring include variable-speed technology for both heating and cooling. A variable-speed system saves energy because it rarely operates at high speed. It increases your comfort by running in longer cycles but at slower speeds.
These systems are quieter and remove more humidity in the summer. You’ll also have better air quality because the air handler will run longer, filtering more air. During the winter, all the surfaces and objects in your home will have more time to absorb the heat from the furnace.
If you’d like more information about HVAC types that would work best for your circumstances, contact Detmer and Sons. We provide HVAC services for Dayton-area homeowners.