How to Choose the Right HVAC System for your Home

Which heating and cooling system is best for you When it comes to selecting the perfect HVAC installation the task can be overwhelming. Allow Ace Hardware Home Services to lend our expertise and guide you throughout this process. There are several factors you should consider to ensure you select the system that best suits your needs. To begin with, it’s essential to acquaint yourself with various HVAC equipment and efficiency ratings that play a crucial role in selecting the right system for your home. Here are some important terms and concepts to understand:

SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, measures the efficiency of an air conditioner over a year. A higher SEER rating indicates a more energy-efficient system that consumes less electricity.

AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is a rating used for furnaces and boilers that measures the efficiency at which they convert fuel into heat. A higher AFUE rating indicates a more efficient system that uses less fuel.

HSPF, or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, is a rating used for heat pumps that measure their heating efficiency over an entire heating season. Similar to SEER, a higher HSPF rating signifies a more energy-efficient heat pump that requires less electricity to operate effectively.

Finding the Best Size

Once you grasp the equipment types and their efficiency ratings, it’s important to consider the appropriate size of equipment for your home. An oversized cooling system may cool the temperature inside your home quickly but won’t run for a sufficient duration to extract the required amount of humidity from the air. Inadequate humidity control can result in problems such as mold and mildew growth, as well as other moisture-related damage.

A properly sized heating and cooling unit will run for an optimal duration, effectively removing the necessary amount of humidity from the air. This allows you to maintain a comfortable indoor environment at a higher thermostat setting, ultimately saving you money on your energy bills.

Calculating The Appropriate System 

While the square footage of your home is a part of the load calculation, a comprehensive evaluation goes beyond that. It considers elements such as building construction, orientation to the sun, insulation “R” value, room sizes and layouts, window and door sizes and placements, thermal efficiency of windows and doors, number of floors, arrangement of floors, and the climate in your region. Considering all these factors might seem overwhelming, and that’s why relying on the expertise of a professional is often the best approach when it comes to finding the right HVAC system for your home. Our HVAC contractors have the knowledge and tools to perform accurate load calculations and recommend the most suitable system based on your home’s specific requirements.

Hire A Professional

Ace Hardware Home Services is dedicated to simplifying the process of selecting the ideal HVAC system for your home. Our team of expert HVAC contractors understands the importance of considering your budget and the specific needs of your home. With our assistance, you can find the perfect fit that meets both criteria.

To further assist you, we provide estimates ensuring transparency and peace of mind. Additionally, we offer financing options making it easier for you to invest in the right system without straining your finances. Place your confidence in Ace Hardware Home Services for your heating and cooling needs, and you will not be let down.