When it comes time for you to replace the heating and cooling system in your home, you may balk at the price of some of the higher-end models. Before going with the lowest priced HVAC system available, consider the below factors.
Consider the Climate
When looking into a new HVAC system, you'll want to take into consideration the climate you live in.
Humidity can be a big problem for homeowners in certain parts of the United States. Failure to adequately remove it from your home can lead to issues with mold, which will not only damage your home, but can cause health issues as well. Higher-priced systems allow you to not only control the temperature in your home, but the humidity levels as well.
Consider Your Home's Limitations
Do you know how energy efficient your home is? Before installing a new system, your HVAC contractor will likely perform an HVAC load calculation. This will help them to determine how efficient your home is, and will determine the size of the system needed.
When considering which system is best, you'll want to consider the insulation and overall efficiency of your home. Don't go for all of the bells and whistles because you think it will be able to overcome your home's poor insulation. A poorly insulated home will never be regulated, no matter how great the system is. Before buying a system, consider your home's limitations and fix what you can (e.g. patch and insulate any leaks found around windows, doors, and pipe vents).
Look to the Future
If the price of a great system is putting you off, consider how much you'd like to get out of the system. How long do you intend to stay in your home? How much would you like to save in energy costs per year?
The questions above can help you determine whether the higher-end system is something that would benefit you, or something that you can forgo. Remember: While a higher-end system will be more expensive up front, many of them pay for themselves in energy cost savings in just a matter of months. They usually also require less repairs, and have longer lifespans than a cheaper (i.e. lower-end) system.
The above considerations will help you to find the HVAC system that is right for your family and your home. If you have questions or concerns, speak with a professional HVAC contractor. They can help you determine what your home needs, and help you find ways to make your home more efficient.