New heating and cooling systems are hefty investments. Knowing howto shop for a new system will save you money in the long run.

Beyond the initial price

Getting the right system for your home size and projected energy use is every bit as important as getting the best “deal” on the initial price. A system that is less energy efficient can end up costing a lot more than the sticker implies.

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Better technology means higher efficiency

Newer heating and cooling units are designed to utilize less energy to keep your home comfortable. 

SEER(Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is the government standard measurement of energy efficiency.

The higher the rating, the more efficiently (and cost effectively) your system will run. 

The best time to buy

Towards the end of winter, you’re more likely to find sales on furnaces. Spring is a slower business time for HVAC companies so they might run specials to attract buyers. 

Also consider buying right before you retire. Taking care of this expense and installing a high quality, energy efficient HVAC system will mean you don’t have to worry about it again for years to come. 

AC and heating - separately or together?

Air conditioners have an average life expectancyof 8 to 12 years, while a furnace usually lasts 10 to 15 years. If both systems were installed at the same time and your air conditioner needs replacing, you may have a good few years left in your furnace. However, if your new AC unit has a high SEER rating, your old furnace may not be able to keep up, which can waste the energy efficiency you paid for.

Occasionally, an air conditioner will last longer than average and a furnace won’t, so the equipment would need replacing at about the same time. 

Consult with an HVAC professional to determine the right size and the best technology for your home. If yourair conditioner is too largeit won’t be able to remove the humidity properly from the atmosphere; if it’s too small it will struggle to maintain a comfortable temperature. 

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