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Tips for Selecting the Right HVAC System


Home is where you and your family spend a significant amount of time, and as such, you should consider the different ways to ensure comfort and safety.

The proper HVAC system can help you create a comfortable space to feel warm and cozy in the colder months and cooler and refreshed during the summertime. Moreover, it can help you save money on energy bills and increase the indoor air quality of your home.

As you search for a new HVAC system, ask the following questions to help determine which solution is right for you.

What are your home’s heating and cooling needs?
Consider your home’s heating and cooling requirements, including the size of your living space, local climate, insulation, number of occupants, and any specific needs or preferences. Understanding your home’s needs early on will help you determine the capacity and type of HVAC system that will be most effective.

In case your family has specific temperature preferences for different areas of the home, consider a zoning system so that you can control temperatures independently while optimizing comfort and energy consumption.

What system type should you purchase for your home?
HVAC systems have different presentations available, each with its advantages and considerations:

  • Central HVAC Systems are a popular choice for larger homes. They use ductwork to distribute conditioned air throughout the house and offer consistent temperature control. These systems require proper duct insulation and maintenance.
  • Ductless Mini-Split Systems provide targeted heating and cooling for smaller homes or individual rooms without requiring ductwork. These systems are energy-efficient, customizable, and offer independent temperature control for each zone.
  • Heat Pump Systems can provide both heating and cooling. These systems are highly efficient and suitable for moderate climates but may require a supplemental heating source in colder regions.

What kind of energy efficiency will your new system offer?
Energy-efficient HVAC systems can significantly reduce your utility bills and your home’s impact on the environment. When looking for a new system, ensure they have high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings. Energy Star-certified models often meet or exceed these efficiency standards.

What additional tools can your system include to ensure the best air quality inside your home?
Outside of having an energy-efficient system, you should also consider other technologies to help your home have the best indoor air quality. These technologies include the following:

What kind of maintenance and repair warranty will the system have?
Ensuring your new HVAC system’s proper care and longevity requires regular maintenance. When selecting your new system, inquire about maintenance requirements and costs. Also, review warranty terms and coverage details to protect your investment in case of any unforeseen issues.

What company or contractor should install the new system?
Selecting the right HVAC contractor is just as important as selecting the right HVAC system. At E. Smith, our highly trained, NATE-certified heating contractors have the technical know-how to address issues before they become major concerns.

From traditional furnaces to high-tech heat pumps, we undertake an all-inclusive assessment of your heating needs and deliver solutions on all levels – from service to repair to new installation. We treat your home with respect and will schedule our services based on your busy calendar.

For more information about our heating and cooling solutions or to get a quote for a new system, contact us

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