What To Know Before Buying an HVAC System

What To Know Before Buying an HVAC System

ALEXANDRIA, VA – An HVAC system is one of the most impactful appliances in one’s home. In addition to ensuring the space remains at a comfortable temperature, an HVAC system also plays an integral role in improving indoor air quality. Due to the substantial impact an HVAC system can have on a household, it’s essential to choose wisely. Here’s what to know before buying a HVAC system so that you can make the most advantageous purchase possible.

Heating and Cooling Capacity

One of the most important things to know before you purchase an HVAC system is its heating and cooling capacity. The heating capacity of an HVAC system is measured in British thermal units (BTUs), while its cooling capacity is measured in tons. If the HVAC system doesn’t have enough power, it won’t be able to sufficiently heat or cool your home, resulting in an uncomfortable living environment. Choosing a system with too much power, however, will result in wasted energy, and it will constantly shut off and turn back on, which can be irritating. The heating and cooling capacity your system will require depends on a variety of factors, such as the size of your home, how high your ceilings are, how well insulated the space is, and what type of climate you live in.


Another important factor on the list of what to know before buying a HVAC system is its energy-efficiency. The majority of a home’s energy goes toward heating and cooling the space. As such, the energy-efficiency of your HVAC system can have a substantial impact on your monthly energy bill and your carbon footprint. Plus, HVAC systems that are more energy efficient often last longer, which will result in further cost savings over time. To determine the energy-efficiency of an HVAC system, make sure to pay attention to its seasonal energy-efficiency rating (SEER).

How Much Maintenance Is Required?

All HVAC systems require some degree of maintenance to operate properly for a long period of time. Some systems, however, are much more challenging to maintain than others. If you’re purchasing an HVAC system, make sure you develop a solid understanding of how much upkeep it will require. Upon doing so, make sure you’re up for completing the necessary maintenance tasks. If you aren’t, then the system will likely have a shorter life span and experience operational issues. As such, you’ll likely be better off opting for an HVAC system that requires less maintenance.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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