Whether you’re looking to cool down in summer or warm up in winter, a HVAC system has many benefits – provided you choose the right one for your household’s needs.
There are many different types of system and brands on the market and each of these works differently for different size rooms – and at different temperatures. To ensure you get the right system, there are a number of things you should consider when it comes to deciding which HVAC you should buy.
Here are our top 5.
1. The Size of Your Home: The smaller your home, the smaller your system requirements. You want to choose a system that will give you maximum efficiency, with the least amount of energy wastage. If you live in a 4 bedroom, 2 storey home, you’re going to need a system that is a lot bigger than you’d need if you live in a 1 bedroom apartment. It’s pretty simple.
2. How Many Rooms? You also need to think about how many rooms it needs to cover. Do you want a system that simply fills the living area with cold or warm air? Or do you want something that will actually cool the entire home or apartment? A window or wall box system is great if you only want to cover a small area, but if you want to heat or cool multiple rooms, a multi-split system will be more beneficial. Ducted systems on the other hand could be ideal for the entire home (or level if you have more than one storey).
3. Energy Rating: Consider your impact on the environment, and also the cost you’ll pay for running the system. The higher the energy rating, the better your system will be on the environment – and your wallet! If you opt for an older system because it’s cheaper upfront, you’re going to end up paying more in the long term as it won’t be as energy efficient. Look for units that have high SEER, HSPF or AFUE ratings.
4. Noise: Check the manufacturer’s brochure to find out how noisy the machine is. Whether you like the hum of a system to put you to sleep, or if you prefer silent air, there are machines available to suit. Ducted systems are generally a lot more quiet than window systems. But you should do your research and talk to the professionals about which system will be best for you.
5. The size of your system: Having too much heating and cooling will make your system work less efficiently as it will be providing too much air for a small space, stopping and starting more often than it should. And having too little will send your system into overdrive as it works to keep up with demand. You want to choose a size to suit your space.
When it comes to buying a HVAC system, you want to make the right choice from the start. Talking to a professional will help you make a better informed decision – and they’ll also be able to complete the installation for you.