If you notice that your HVAC system is frequently malfunctioning, approaching 10-15 years in age (or more), is not as efficient as it used to be, then it is time to consider replacing it. However, finding and buying a new HVAC system is not always easy—it requires research into different brands, types of units and how they coincide with your needs. To help you get started, the pros at OnTime Service have prepared a guide on what you should look for when buying a new HVAC system!
1. Get the Right Size
Having an HVAC unit too big or too small for your home can prove to be quite problematic. Your unit can short cycle, run overtime, create a burden on your unit or waste energy and increase your utility bill. Consult a contractor about what size AC is right for you. You can also check out the equation in this guide about finding the right HVAC sizes for your home.
2. Get a Good Contractor
Make sure the HVAC contractor you choose is reliable and efficient. You will be consulting with them about measurements, installation processes, various HVAC components and brands. You want to ensure you have someone you trust to do a proper installation job as improper installation can create various issues for your home.
3. Energy-Efficient Model
Take this opportunity to find a more energy-efficient model. Energy-efficient HVAC units can save you a significant amount on your heating and cooling bills while ensuring your indoor air quality is healthy and you and your family are comfortable. Your unit’s efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. Currently, the minimum SEER rating is 14, but the energy-efficiency SEER range is between 14-22. So, if you are looking for a green model, look for something rated at least 14 or above. You should also look for ENERGY STAR labels when looking for new units as these are more energy-efficient units on the market.
4. Want to Save Money? Look During the Off Season
Here’s a helpful tip: if you want to look for discounted units or systems that are on sale, look during the off-season which is usually during the cooer months. You will able to find good models on discounted prices!
5. Consider a Maintenance Plan
We understand that getting a new AC AND a new maintenance plan is expensive. However, a good model paired with a thorough maintenance plan (which can often offer you priority service and financing options) might be able to save you money and expensive repairs in the long-run. Consult your contractor or home service company about AC Maintenance and any deals they might offer.
Want to know what else to look for when buying an HVAC system? Get in touch with the pros at OnTime Service today! Call us at 205-291-8089 or schedule a service with us on our website!