There are many factors and options to consider when choosing a new HVAC system for your home in Orange County, Anaheim, and surrounding areas. To make the best decision for your home, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Avoid oversized systems

A huge system may at first glance appear to be extra powerful and effective for your home, but in reality, an oversized system will be less efficient. The system will frequently cycle on and off, causing excessive wear and tear on the components. In addition, the system may struggle to reach peak operating temperatures.

When scheduling HVAC installation, be sure to ask the installer to walk you through the calculations determining the right size system for your home. The heating load calculation takes into account the size of the home, insulation, and local climate. Typically, the system capacity shouldn’t exceed 125% of the heating load.

Consider SEER rating

The SEER rating measures the efficiency of a system based on how much cooling the unit delivers for each watt of electricity. Higher SEER ratings indicate greater energy efficiency. Though high SEER-rated systems are more expensive, they pay for themselves in energy savings. Today, the lowest level SEER-rating allowed for a new split system central air conditioning unit is 14 — about 20% more efficient than minimum-efficiency models made 10 years ago. The most efficient models have a SEER of 26.

Research noise level

Nobody likes a noisy HVAC system that wakes them up in the middle of the night or sounds like a train during the day. Quiet HVAC systems are one of the top predictors of owner satisfaction. The noise level of an HVAC system is measured in decibels and depends on factors like outdoor temperatures and fan speeds.

Choose quality over immediate bargain

If you want a system that will last and serve you well, choose durability over bargains. More efficient and expensive systems will save you the headache of constant breakdowns and HVAC service.

Think local

When considering an HVAC system, choose one that is serviced by local HVAC contractors. This will save you the cost of service from long-distance HVAC contractors.

Invest in a programmable thermostat

A smart or programmable thermostat can help reduce cooling costs by about 10%. In addition, the system will automatically earn your habits to enhance comfort.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule professional HVAC service in Orange County, Anaheim, and surrounding areas, contact Avis today!

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