How to Compare HVAC Units for Your Monrovia Home
If you’re planning to install a new HVAC system in your Monrovia home, you’re no doubt researching your choices. Admittedly, your options are numerous and overwhelming, so it helps to know how to compare different HVAC units. Here are five tips that may help you simplify the job.
Gather information. Manufacturers provide ample information about their systems. You can research systems that interest you online, where you can also read about other user experiences. Also, make sure to ask for brochures from several HVAC dealers. Make a grid and note the following: BTUs, noise level, efficiency rating, length of warranty and cost.
Research different systems. You have many heating and cooling options: furnaces, radiant heating, heat pumps, ductless mini splits, central air conditioners and many more. Talk to your HVAC contractor, explain your needs and the design of your home and get advice on which type works best for you.
Research efficiency. Furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners are all rated for their efficiency by industry measurements like AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) for furnaces, HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) for air source heat pumps and SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) for air conditioners and others. Efficiency is key to learning much it will cost to operate the system you choose.
Get the right size. You don’t want a system that’s too large or it will short cycle and be inefficient. You also don’t want it to be too small, or it will run for longer periods as it strains to do its job. Get an HVAC professional to figure what size you need by using the industry software, Manual J.
Study consumer reviews. Among the most prominent sources for reviewing various types of equipment and appliances are Popular Mechanics and Consumer Reports. Consumer and expert panels for these publications review the value, efficiency and performance of various brands,
For more information on how to compare HVAC units, contact Air-Tro Inc. in Monrovia. We’ve been providing quality service in California for 45 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Monrovia, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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