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Tips For When You Need To Change Your HVAC System

by Emily Flores

If you are planning to change your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit, there are many factors you need to consider. This will ensure you purchase a HVAC unit that suits your needs, and keep you and your family comfortable during the summer and winter.

Energy Star

When shopping for an HVAC unit, look for one that is energy star approved. This will make your system more energy efficient, and it is better for the environment.

Air conditioners and heating units are one of the main expenses in your home. When it gets very cold or very hot outside, your system runs in over time. This type of HVAC system, however, does not have to work so hard to provide you with the heat and cool air you need. The more efficient the unit is, the more money you will save on your electricity bill.

The systems today have a SEER rating of 10 to 17. The higher the rating, the more efficient your system will be. Talk with the contractor about the rating of your HVAC unit before he or she installs it.


Another factor you need to consider is the amount of noise the system will make. Some systems are quieter than others are, so ask the contractor about this. The placement of the system can make a difference also. You do not want to place it near a window, door, deck, patio, etc. where you will likely hear it when it runs.

Avoid installing the new unit between your house and your neighbors'. This will avoid any complaints from them about the noise. A higher end system reduces the noise, but you may still hear some.


You need to consider the sun exposure of the system. No matter if it is a higher end system, sun will affect it by heating it. When this happens, it has to work harder to provide you with comfortable air and heat. Choose an area near shrubs or trees, or on the side of your home that gets the least sun.


Before you spend the money to install a brand new HVAC unit, hire a contractor to inspect your current one first. The problem may not be as bad as you think. You can extend the life of your unit with the proper maintenance. The HVAC contractor will check the filter and Freon, and make sure it is clean. If your system is old, however, you should consider replacing it.

Talk with a professional air conditioning repair contractor about installing your unit. They can help you find the right placement for it, choose the right size for your home, etc. They will also check the ductwork in your home to make sure it is sufficient for your system.  They may check the electrical set up in your home to make sure it can handle the electrical demands of the system.