How to Choose the Right Heating and Air Conditioning System for Your Home

When choosing a new comfort system for your family most people focus on price. But price isn’t the only thing you need to consider. You’ll also want to consider which brand is best? What size system your home needs? And what level of efficiency do you want? 

There are many brands on the market today all claiming that their unit is the best. My advice is to stick with the major brands that only manufacture heating and air conditioning equipment, some brands are appliance companies that also make HVAC equipment. You’re looking for one of the major brands such as; Armstrong, Rheem, Carrier, Trane, or Lennox, these are companies that only focus on heating and air conditioning. 

As far as technology there aren’t a lot of big secrets in the industry and everyone of the above companies makes good quality equipment. However most established heating and air conditioning service companies choose to align themselves with one major brand, this doesn’t mean that they can’t sell other brands if the application warrants it, they can supply just about any other brand but most major brands have such an extensive product line its rare that a match can’t be found. It’s in your best interest when a company sticks with one brand. If you’re buying one brand they can leverage the strength of a strong long standing relationship to help get lower prices and better resolutions if any problems were to occur. For example, at Prestige Air we have partnered with Armstrong and Rheem. We have been trained and certified to install, repair, and complete warranty service work by these manufacturers. 

When it comes to system selection your home will pick the size of the unit. By that I mean the tonnage or size of the system that’s right for your house is determined by the square footage, infiltration rate, exterior exposure, duct system design, and other factors that you have no control over. The right size system is critical. A system that’s oversized will cause overly high utility bills, uneven temperatures and high humidity issues. An undersized unit will run all the time and still not be able to keep you comfortable. 

You’ll also hear terms such as; S.E.E.R, H.S.P.F and A.F.U.E. These are all terms that describe how efficiently the equipment operates, kind of like miles per gallon for your car. The higher the efficiency the lower the energy cost, which means the more money you pay upfront for efficiency the better it will perform for you and the lower your energy bills will be. Bottom line is, superior systems are quieter, last longer, and save you money in the long run. 

So if you need to change out your HVAC system these are a few of the options you should consider before making your final decision. 

For more info, or if you’d like us to help, give us a call or look around on our site, https://www.prestigeairtx.com/air-conditioning-service-company/ or check out this video on residential splits systems on youtube, https://youtu.be/gM18vFd2I6o