Winter is coming, and with it another couple months of harsh winds, heavy snows, and temperatures that chill to the bone. If you’ve been relying on outdated and under performing home air conditioning systems to keep your home comfortable, now is the time to look into an upgrade. After all, as a recent report from Slate shows, we’re likely in for a winter that’s even worse than the last. Can you honestly say your air conditioning system is up to the task?
Recognizing that it’s probably time to consider new heating and cooling systems is only the first step. With a seemingly endless list of options out there, how can you possibly tell which are the best heating and cooling systems for your home?
What You Should Consider When Shopping for Heating and Cooling Systems
- Ask Yourself if You Really Need an HVAC Unit
- Is the Unit Too Big or Too Small for Your Home?
- Look for Something with a High SEER Rating
One of the most popular options for heating and cooling systems is the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system (HVAC). HVAC systems, as the name implies, heat the air, clean it, and cool it. Because these are multi-function systems, they tend to be significantly more expensive than, say, a unit that’s just meant to cool the air. That’s why celebrity home improvement guru Bob Vila suggests making sure you really need such a system before making the investment. For instance, if you live in an area that rarely gets below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, do you really need to spend money on extra heating functionality?
Too many homeowners make the mistake of choosing heating and cooling units that are too big or too small for their homes. As the San Francisco-based newspaper SF Gate details, heating and cooling systems that are too big or too small are equally inefficient when it comes to their energy usage and their ability to condition your home’s air. Measure the space you want to heat or cool beforehand to make sure you choose a unit that is exactly right for the amount of space you have.
It’s no secret that heating and cooling systems use a ton of energy, driving your utilities bill up in the process. That’s why AZ Central recommends looking for a unit with a high SEER rating. SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, is a marker of how energy efficient a system is. The lowest you can buy is a unit with a SEER rating of 13, but if you can afford it, try to find something with a rating of 21. It will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Do you run a home air conditioning service? Tell us what you think is important when choosing a system in a comment below! References.