8 Important Questions to Ask When Buying a New HVAC System
Choosing a new HVAC system is an important decision for the family. There is a capital outlay to afford. Remember what Warren Buffett said when considering the price. He could buy anything he wanted, but he still believes, “price is what you pay, the value is what you get”. Installing a new HVAC system can be disruptive. You want it to last a long time. For that, you need to ask eight questions.
Eight Points to Consider when Buying a New HVAC System
1. Will it Look Good On the Wall – This may not be the most important technical consideration when it comes to new HVAC system design. You do not want something ugly that spoils the decor of your home for years to come. Moreover, if you come to sell the house you will be glad you chose an attractive, modern design that looks the part and adds value.
2. How Complicated Is the System to Install – If you like having friends around for dinner on Saturday nights, the last thing you need is a job that drags on. This is even more important if you run your business from home. Insist on a new HVAC system that comes in modular form.
3. Is the New Equipment Compatible with What I Have – If adding on or doing a part upgrade make sure your new furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump will work with your other equipment? Sticking to a single brand can go a long way to achieving this.
4. What Capacity Air Con Do I Need – An oversized new HVAC system will not provide a more energy efficient service. In reality, the machinery will be out of balance with your house, over-humidify it and cause condensation and mold.
5. Is Split or Packaged Air Con Best for Me – Split air conditioning systems are popular because the condenser is outside the house. However, this is not always practical in a condo, in which case a more compact packaged new HVAC system may match your lifestyle better.
6. Continuity of Supply – When purchasing a new HVAC system, remember to look ahead a few years to when you may need to replace filters and other components. Don’t shy away from asking the consultant how long they have been in business and how stable their supplier is. Ask them to confirm they comply with California’s Building HVAC Requirements.
7. What Thermostat System Do You Recommend – There are many pros and cons to a programmable thermostat, however, they also have numerous advantages, including flexible control, greater convenience, and lower energy consumption. Not all thermostats are fully compatible; make sure you get the best match for your new HVAC system.
8. How Much Does Your Maintenance Plan Cost – Annual inspection and maintenance are essential to get the best out of your system. The wrong type of air filter can add to ongoing maintenance costs. Always compare maintenance costs before reaching a decision.
Global Heating & Air Conditioning has over ten years’ experience keeping buildings warm in winter, and cool in summer throughout the greater San Diego County Area. Call us if you need new HVAC system advice. We make quality HVAC possible through affordable payment plans.