HVAC shopping? 

Are you building or renovating a home? Or are you buying a new system to heat, ventilate and air-condition your home?

Before you get far down the path, stop and think about what size of HVAC system is best for your home and needs. It varies from home to home, depending on lifestyle, location (which direction does your house face?), windows and skylights, and other factors.

That’s why you want a smart, experienced contractor who can advise you on your options.

Consider These Factors

You want a contractor who asks you what is important to you in an HVAC system:

You will want to prioritize your answers to get the best system for your budget, balancing costs now versus utility savings later, for example.

And remember the V in HVAC. Most people focus on Heating and Air Conditioning, but the V refers to Ventilation, which covers a broad range of topics important to a comfortable home. It includes ductwork that funnels air to your rooms, the filters that keep the air clean, and the exhaust fans and air purifiers vital to good air in bathrooms and kitchens.

Which system is best for you?

Once you have a handle on what size system you want, you need to consider choices in systems.

Your choices often are a package unit and a split system and, like most things in life, they have pluses and minuses.

A package unit package has some big advantages. It is assembled in a factory, where workers have no weather conditions to affect their work. This means you should expect a system that arrives with the proper refrigerant, balanced motors, and efficient operation. The only on-site work will be the installation of ducts.

On the downside, a package unit will be located outside, where weather, debris, and rodents can take a toll on motors and electronics. They also may be vulnerable to rust -– one reason why package units don’t seem to last as long as split systems. You can thank Alabama weather for this problem.

A split system, on the other hand, is installed indoors, sheltered from weather, debris, and rodents. The split system also offers more customization to deliver better results. Split systems also tend to offer greater seasonal energy efficiency ratios – up to 25 SEER while a package unit often delivers a 15 SEER or lower.

So what’s the catch?

You need a smart, experienced contractor to properly install a split system. Otherwise, your system may be less efficient and die sooner. The contractor must know how to install the components to meet the manufacturer’s design and adjust refrigerant levels to maximize efficiency.

To learn more about the best HVAC system for your home, contact Freedom Heating and Cooling at (205) 444-4444. Our technicians have more than 200 years of experience; they aren’t learning on the job at your expense as some newcomers do.