Biggest Factors in Determining the Best HVAC Unit for Your Home

May 13, 2020

A new HVAC system for your home is a significant investment, both from the perspectives of your finances and overall comfort. Modern HVAC systems come packed full of features and ratings, and you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Here is a breakdown of how to approach the purchase of a new HVAC system. F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. specializes in heating and air conditioning systems for residents of Abbeville, LA, and the surrounding areas, so we can help you find the best HVAC system for your home.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a New HVAC System

Several important factors influence which HVAC system is best for your needs. You will need to find a balance that works for you. Budget should always be the first priority, both in terms of the immediate investment and cost of operation. When you think of a budget, consider how much money you have on hand and your estimated cost savings with a higher efficiency unit. The other factors to consider are:

  • Existing HVAC structures in your home, such as ductwork and thermostats
  • Square footage of your home
  • Special features, such as zone control, programmable thermostats, indoor air purifiers, and humidifiers

Why Square Footage Matters

HVAC systems have ratings in British thermal units (BTU) that are set by the manufacturers to let consumers know the output of the unit. The BTU rating lets you know how much warm or cold air can be removed from the interior of your home per hour. Given the same square footage, units with higher BTUs will remove the same amount of warm or cold air faster than units with lower BTU ratings. Choosing the right BTU rating based on the square footage of your home ensures that the unit achieves the optimum energy efficiency noted by the manufacturer. If you choose a unit that is too high in BTUs for your square footage, you will likely spend too much up front. Choose a unit that is too small, and you will spend more money than needed on your utility costs. Calculating BTUs is relatively easy. Take the square footage of your home and multiply it by 25.

Choose the Right HVAC System With Professionals

F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. offers HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair services for homeowners in the Abbeville area, and we carry a full line of systems for every size home. Before you buy your new heating and air conditioning system, contact F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. to discuss your needs and find out which units are best for your home. Call us and schedule an appointment today.

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