Updated on September 12, 2018
4 Tips for Choosing Heating and Cooling Systems
Heating and cooling systems have an important role in your house as it keeps you comfortable throughout the year. However, this is possible only if your home is fitted with the right system. It’s not easy making a choice as there are so many types and models to choose from. This is why these 4 tips have been compiled to help you out.
There are three types of HVAC units to choose from- oil, electric and natural gas. While most units run on natural gas or oil, and air conditioner units on electricity there are also electric furnaces. While the choice of fuel is not so important, it’s the placement you have to consider as furnaces are large and best placed in your basement, preferably with a matching AC unit.
Stand-alone AC units like central air units are then placed outside, or mounted on the wall or window, without any connections with the heating system. It’s, however, better contemplating a wall or window-mounted unit if you want to cool only a single room, and not your entire house.
The most common mistake people make while buying their heating and cooling systems is buying an over-sized system. They think that bigger systems increase their home’s comfort but they are wrong.
You have to buy a system matching the size of your home. Too small a unit won’t heat or cool your home efficiently while too large a unit quickly heats and cools your home while consuming lots of energy.
Moreover, too large units lead to increased humidity levels and consequent mould and mildew as the system don’t have sufficient time to dry the circulating air.
- Geothermal or traditional?
If you want to install a heating and cooling system without worry of replacing it after a few years’ time, it’s better considering a geothermal unit. These units consume 30-40% less energy when compared to traditional gas, electric or oil systems.
This is because geothermal units function according to the temperature of the ground a few feet underground. The temperature here seldom changes no matter how cold it is and it’s this constant temperature that makes the unit consume less energy while heating or cooling your home.
However, the drawback of these units is that it’s very expensive, usually tens of thousands when compared to smaller traditional units costing a few thousand. This is a wise option only if you are looking for a long term investment where you save money in the long run.
As not all brands and types of HVAC units work the same, you need to check its efficiency rating before buying your system. Generally, a unit with a higher rating consumes less energy. Better models are produced with technological advancements which are why the older units usually have lower ratings and the newer units, a higher level. However, all units are universal and same for large and small homes and are labelled at the manufacturer or store you buy it from.
It’s now left to you to decide which heating and cooling system you want for your home based on your needs and budget. The right choice will give you years of comfort at home, no matter how cold or hot it may be outdoors! Go for the HVAC expert for more information.