Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Buying HVAC

Whether you’re building a new home and looking to install a new HVAC system or already have a home and considering replacing your existing HVAC, a series of questions can arise. Your heating and cooling system is one of the largest investments that you can make in your home. Getting an idea of costs associated with parts and labor as well as the products themselves can aid greatly in making decisions regarding your investment. At McIntire HVAC, we can provide you with a variety of heating and cooling products and services to meet your needs.

Outlined below are some of the most common questions regarding buying an HVAC:

Q: Which Heating/Cooling system is right for me?

A: There is no end-all answer for which unit is the best. It largely depends on your budget and your needs. However, the first consideration in determining which heating and cooling system will best work for your home is size. Larger homes need larger systems while smaller homes need less. Find a unit that provides adequate heating and cooling based on the square footage of your home. Also, consider the SEER number of a unit for a longer term investment. An energy efficient system will cost more initially but will offset that cost over time with the reduction in energy consumption. In other words, you will get a smaller electrical bill with a more energy efficient unit.

Q: Should I buy a large capacity system?

A: Large capacity systems aren’t necessarily better. Due to their capacity, they turn on and off more frequently which is a drain on power costs. Also, air conditioning units are at their least efficient when they first turn on. In short, smaller, more energy efficient units will not only heat and cool better but will actually save you money.

Q: What all does installing a new HVAC system entail?

A: Installation typically includes the installation of the actual unit as well as the electrical wiring, plumbing, and ductwork. Insulation and sealing of doors, window frames, and attic and roof seams are also performed.

Q: What type of thermostat is best for my system?

A: Modern thermostats offer a variety of functionality options to consumers. Cycles can be set to activate your heating and cooling throughout the day to decrease energy expenditure. Fan settings can be adjusted, and it is even possible with modern systems to alter temperatures within individual rooms from a centralized HVAC.

Q: I have an existing HVAC system. Should I replace it?

A: Significant progress has been made in the energy efficiency of appliances, with HVAC systems being one of biggest benefactors. Heating and cooling systems today are upwards of 60% more efficient than those that were manufactured even as little as 10 years ago. At McIntire HVAC, we support high energy efficiency in our HVAC systems.

The savings alone that you will gain from reduced energy consumption will justify the replacement. Your home will also benefit from superior heating and cooling with a newer system.

McIntire HVAC provides outstanding heating and cooling services. If you are considering the installation of a new HVAC or are looking for maintenance on an older system, call or e-mail us today to set up an appointment.