Buying a new residential HVAC system can be one of the most complicated processes you go through as a homeowner. These systems are complicated, expensive and can have a significant impact on your energy budget and home comfort. These guidelines can help you choose a system that works best for you and your home.
Selecting the Type
The two most popular options for HVAC systems in this region are a gas furnace paired with a heat pump or a central air conditioner. Heat pumps work by moving heat from one location to another, and for the most part, they’re capable of providing adequate heat throughout our Panhandle winter.
A gas furnace can heat your home regardless of the temperature outdoors, while a heat pump may struggle as temperatures approaching 40 degrees. However, a hybrid heat pump can combine the energy efficiency and comfort of both types by switching to a gas burner when temperatures plummet. Heat pumps cool homes just like an air conditioner.
Choosing the Size
The best residential HVAC systems are ones that have been sized precisely for your home, regardless of its efficiency and upgraded features. The HVAC contractors you interview should run heating and cooling load calculations to determine the best fit. Installing a system larger than you need wastes energy, costs more and may not last as long.
Comparing Efficiency Ratings
How efficiently your HVAC components run can make a big difference in your energy bills over the life of your system. While a more efficient system may cost more, those concerned about the environment and wanting to enjoy the added comfort and operational benefits, will approve the investment.
HVAC systems are complex and choosing the most knowledgeable and capable contractor available will help you get the best from your new equipment. Look for NATE- (North American Technician Excellence) certified technicians. The performance and longevity of your system depends on a high quality installation and ongoing professional maintenance.
To learn more about purchasing a new residential HVAC system, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We provide NATE-certified HVAC services for Amarillo and Canyon homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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