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How Do I Choose the Right HVAC System for My Home?

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When it comes to installing your heating and air conditioning system for the first time, or if you’re replacing an older system, it’s important to know what kind of system you want to install. And, it’s also just as important to know the right size.

So how do you choose?

Choosing the Type of Home HVAC System to Install

If you are replacing a system, you have the option of simply going with the same style installed previously. This is usually the cheapest and easiest option for homeowners unless you feel strongly about using a particular fuel type. While switching fuel sources can save you on monthly utility costs, you should know the installation cost to plumb for something new, like natural gas, will be much higher.

In new home construction, you can dictate the type of system quite early on. However, it’s a good idea to figure out whether your goals are energy efficiency, low installation cost, or low operating cost. Your answer may ultimately determine the type of system you want to install, so think carefully.

Sizing Your HVAC System

When determining how big your unit needs to be, you’ll need to understand the full system load. However, the proper calculation requires more than just input of square footage. It should also account for sun orientation, number of rooms, the level of home insulation, and the number, size and placement of all the windows and doors.

If you use only square footage, you run the risk of having an improperly sized unit. You’ll pay more for utilities and maintenance fees, and also end up replacing it a lot sooner than you’d want.

Need Help Selecting a New HVAC System?

No problem. Get in touch with our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning & Heating and we will dispatch one of our heating and air conditioning professionals to your home or business right away!

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