How to Choose a New System
With so many system types on the market, how do you know which system type is right for your needs?
Installing a new system into your space is a big investment, and one that requires serious research and consideration. Choosing a system that is not right for your heating and cooling needs can lead to numerous headaches in the future, including overly inflated energy bills, costly repair expenses, and premature replacement. Consider the following when choosing a new heating or air conditioning system.
Size/Capacity- Heating and cooling systems come in varying sizes. The size of the system you need for your home or business will depend on the specific size of your space. If a system is sized improperly, it may be incapable of heating or cooling your space properly, and it may operate inefficiently and break down more often than normal. Heating and cooling capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU). Your local ServAssure dealer can perform a number of procedures to ensure that you choose a system that is sized properly for your space, and has the capacity to provide the desired results.
Energy Efficiency- The energy efficiency of your system will be directly related to your monthly energy costs. Energy efficiency is determined differently for heating and air conditioning equipment. Heating efficiency is measured by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and air conditioning efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the AFUE or SEER that a system has, the more efficient it is, and therefore less costly to operate.
Price- System prices range greatly depending on a number of factors. The size, efficiency, fuel type, and system type (split vs. packaged) will all play a role in price determination. While many believe price to be the most important consideration, it is important that you weigh all of these considerations when making a decision. Choosing a less expensive system could end up costing you more in repairs or energy expenses in the future. Be sure to ask your dealer about their payment policies and inquire about financing opportunities.
Rebates/Tax Incentives- When choosing a system, be sure to ask your HVAC contractor about any rebates that are currently available from the manufacturer or local utility companies for upgrading to energy efficient systems. Tax incentives may also be available for energy efficient system upgrades, making the transition to a more costly (but more energy efficient) system well worth the initial investment.
Additional System Considerations- When choosing a furnace you will need to determine whether to choose a gas or oil fueled system. While the cost of the fuel may be a major consideration, the availability of fuel types in your area may be something to keep in mind as well. When choosing an air conditioner, you may want to consider the refrigerant type that is used. Carrier offers environmentally-friendly and energy efficient Puron refrigerants in its systems. If you are considering a geothermal installation, you will need to determine if you have a sufficient water source nearby, or if you have enough space for a vertical or horizontal loop system.