Need a new HVAC system? Ask These 10 Questions Before You Buy
Your HVAC system plays a vital role in your home comfort. Not only does it ensure that your home is kept at a comfortable temperature year-round, but it also plays an important part in helping you maintain humidity levels and control your indoor air quality, allowing you to create a safe and healthy home space for you and your family.
The average lifespan for an HVAC system is about 10 years, depending on the quality of the equipment and how well the system was maintained and cared for over time. If your heating and cooling equipment is coming up on 10 years, you may find it harder and harder to get comfortable. Additionally, some homeowners just aren’t happy with the HVAC system that came with their home and want to purchase a newer, more energy efficient model to keep them comfortable while driving down energy costs.
No matter what your reason is for purchasing a new HVAC system, you’re going to have some questions and concerns along the way, especially if this is your first time or if it’s been a decade since you’ve purchased a new system. Below, we’ve put together a list of the top questions you need to ask before you buy a new HVAC system:
1. What are my home comfort goals?
The first question that you need to ask yourself before you even begin browsing possible HVAC system and brands is – What are my home comfort goals?
Every family is different when it comes to what they need to keep their home comfortable. For instance, while some homeowners may be concerned about saving energy and lowering utility bills, others may be more focused on being able to customize the temperature in different areas of the home. You’ll need to decide what’s important to you and what you’re looking for in a new HVAC system before you start looking.
Here are some factors that may be important to you as a homeowner:
- Energy Efficiency
- Indoor Air Quality
- Smart Home Technology
- Customized Options
There is plenty more to add to this list, but this should help you get started thinking about what’s important to you in a home comfort system. Once you’ve created a list, it will be easier to research which systems fit your needs.
2. What is my budget?
Budget is another important consideration for homeowners when it comes to purchasing a new HVAC system. Buying a new air conditioner or heating system is an important and significant investment. Think about what your budget is for this new system, including both the equipment and installation.
When considering your budget, you’ll also want to factor in any promotions or rebates that you can take advantage of. Dealers often offer promotions or deals to help homeowners save money on new HVAC system installation. Equipment manufacturers also provide rebates during certain times of the year, which can offer significant savings when purchasing a new system.
HVAC financing is another thing to think about when considering your budget. Many homeowners just don’t have the funds up-front to purchase a new HVAC system, so they turn to financing options to help them get the new HVAC system their home needs. Though it depends on approval, it is possible to get HVAC financing with a low interest rate, allowing you to get the new system you want while making convenient monthly payments.
3. What size equipment best fits my home?
HVAC sizing is an important part of proper installation. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that purchasing a bigger air conditioner or heating system will help them get their home comfortable more quickly and efficiently. While others think that purchasing a smaller unit will help them save money and energy over time.
However, the opposite is true in both cases. If the HVAC system is too large for your home, it will turn on and off more often, causing unnecessary wear and tear to its parts while using more energy than necessary. On the other hand, a unit that’s too small will have to work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable, which also causes wear and tear while using a significant amount of energy.
Proper HVAC sizing not only ensures that your home will stay comfortable year-round, but it helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear to your parts while helping you heat and cool your home efficiently over time. To find out which size HVAC system you need for your home, speak with an experienced HVAC technician who will complete the calculations and find the right sized equipment.
4. What brand equipment do I want to purchase?
The brand of HVAC system that you purchase will impact your home comfort. Not only does the brand give you a better understanding of the quality and longevity of the equipment, but it will also impact the price and availability. It’s best to familiarize yourself with some of the brands available and read about their features and benefits. You should also take a look at some customer reviews to get a better understanding of which brand may be right for you.
At Advent Air Conditioning, we recommend Carrier home comfort systems because of their quality and value. As a leader in HVAC technology, Carrier has a long history of developing heating and cooling equipment that provides the very best in home comfort. Our HVAC technicians are also trained to select and install the best Carrier HVAC systems for your home comfort needs.
If you need help choosing the best Carrier HVAC system for your home, give us a call: (469) 240-5456.
5. Do I want an energy efficient model?
One of the top features that our customers tell us they want in a new HVAC system is energy efficiency. While these heating and cooling systems tend to come at a higher cost, they can help Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners save more money over time by lowering energy consumption and reducing monthly utility bills.
If energy efficiency is important to you, then you’ll want to find an HVAC system with a higher SEER rating. SEER is used to measure the ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner over a typical cooling season to the energy it uses. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is, which can help you save on energy costs throughout the year.
6. Which HVAC contractor will I work with?
Another consideration you’ll need to make when purchasing a new HVAC system is which HVAC company you plan to work with. There are many different contractors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the company that you choose for new HVAC system installation will have an impact on your overall experience, cost, and quality on installation.
We recommend researching the contractor you work with to make sure they are reputable and experienced with new HVAC system installation. Here are some indicators that the company you are working with is worthwhile:
- Great Customer Reviews
- Awards and Recognitions (Locally and Nationally)
- Long History of Outstanding Customer Service
- Knowledgeable and Helpful Staff
7. What is my timeline for HVAC installation?
When do you need a new system installed? If you need something immediately, you’ll need to find an HVAC company that can handle emergency installation requests. However, if you are looking for installation at some time in the future, then you may want to wait until a time when you are able to take advantage of seasonal promotions and rebates.
You should also ask your HVAC technician how long the installation will take for the new HVAC system that you are interested in. This will give you an idea of the time period and costs associated with installation. These are all important things to take into account during your decision-making process.
8. Are there any promotions or incentives I can take advantage of?
As we mentioned previously, both dealers and manufacturers offer special incentives for new system installation during different times of the year. If budget is a major concern for you as a homeowner, then it may be worthwhile to take advantage of these savings opportunities throughout the year. For instance, Carrier offers factory rebates in the fall that provide significant savings for new system installation.
You may also find that many HVAC dealers offer promotions and incentives during the slower times of the year – spring and fall. These are the times of the year when HVAC companies are dealing with fewer emergency calls and repair services, meaning they are more likely to offer incentives for new system installation. If you’re able to wait until these seasons, you may be able to
At Advent Air Conditioning, we know how important it is for homeowners to save money on their HVAC costs. That’s why we offer seasonal promotions and deals to help our customers get the best value. If you’re interested in promotions and rebates, keep an eye on our dealer promotions page. We update this page frequently with promotions and deals that we offer our customers throughout the year.
9. Do I need any other HVAC accessories?
Depending on your home comfort needs, you may need more than just heating and cooling equipment when you purchase a new HVAC system. There are a wide variety of HVAC accessories that help homeowners keep their home comfortable, clean, and healthy year-round. It’s often best to purchase these HVAC accessories when you purchase your new system as you can ensure that the accessories are compatible with your new equipment. Some HVAC companies will also offer discounts and deals on accessories when you purchase a new system.
Not sure which HVAC accessories might be right for you? Consider your specific home comfort needs before you do some research. Many Texas homeowners use a dehumidifier to help control the humidity in their home during the summer time. Others prefer a smart thermostat to help them better control their climate year-round. One of our home comfort specialists can help you find the right HVAC accessories for your home to ensure home comfort year-round.
10. Should I also purchase an HVAC maintenance plan?
Yet another consideration you’ll need to make when purchasing new heating and cooling equipment is whether or not you will purchase an HVAC maintenance plan. HVAC maintenance plans are agreements you have with your HVAC company that provide seasonal maintenance services for your equipment for an affordable rate.
The greatest benefit of seasonal HVAC maintenance plans is that they help keep your system running smoothly and efficiently year-round. By keeping your system clean, well-lubricated, and free of malfunctions, your HVAC technician will help you prolong the life of your HVAC equipment while ensuring your family is comfortable.
Are you ready to find the HVAC system that’s right for your home? We’re here to help! Our home comfort experts will work with you to find a heating and cooling system that meets your home comfort system and fits within your budget.
Contact us now to get started.