4 Questions to Ask When Buying Your First HVAC System

4 Questions to Ask When Buying Your First HVAC SystemYour home’s HVAC equipment not only represents a major investment, but it’s also critical for maintaining a comfortable, healthy living environment in our hot, humid climate. Because of its importance, buying your first HVAC system can seem like a daunting task. To make HVAC purchases easier and less stressful, you need to choose an installer wisely and ask the right questions.

What to Do and Know When Investing in New HVAC

Installation quality can make or break the performance, energy efficiency and longevity of your new HVAC, so it’s vital to vet contractors carefully. Look for well-established local pros with extensive experience installing climate control systems, who only work with high-quality, reputable equipment brands. Then, be sure to ask your contractor these key questions:

How do you size and select equipment?

The sizing or capacity of your equipment directly affects how well it performs. Undersized HVAC components won’t cool your home adequately, while oversized equipment will short cycle, waste energy, and cool inconsistently. A knowledgeable contractor will use Manuals J and S to determine the needed capacity and select the ideal equipment.

Will you use my home’s existing ductwork?

An installer who does quality work will tell you they’ll need to verify that the existing duct system is in good condition and designed properly, based on guidelines in Manual D.

What’s the best efficiency rating?

Cooling equipment is given a SEER rating that describes its energy efficiency. Higher-rated equipment costs more but uses less energy, so it saves you money over the long term. A skilled HVAC installer should give you equipment options at different efficiency levels and help you choose the one that bests suits your budget and needs.

What features do you recommend?

Today’s advanced HVAC systems offer optional features that can enhance efficiency, comfort and ease-of-use. An experienced pro will tell you about different features that fit your budget, such as a variable-speed compressor, thermal expansion valve, or a “smart,” learning thermostat.

For expert help making informed HVAC purchases for your Martin, Palm Beach or Indian River County home, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 


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