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What Factors Should I Consider When Upgrading My HVAC Equipment?

A lot of customers are surprised at what goes into weighing the pros and cons of a new HVAC system. There is a lot more than cost or even efficiency! In this article we will discuss what factors you should look at when shopping for new heating and cooling equipment.

Reliability Of HVAC Equipment Knowing you can depend on your furnace or air conditioner is a HUGE factor when looking at potential equipment. This is why we base our recommendations based on equipment that is from companies who are known for standing behind their brand. We want you to have a system in your home that we trust- and that you can trust, too. Companies that stand behind their brand and have been around awhile with great ratings is a great place to start. The team at Outstanding Heating and Cooling has been working in the HVAC field for decades - and a lot of our senior team members worked as technicians for a long time, too. That means you have our years of experience to help guide you on making an investment. Sound Levels Of Heating and Cooling System Ask your comfort advisor about the decibel rating on the new system you are shopping for. Some are louder than others. A lot of today's HVAC equipment doesn't sound much louder than a refrigerator. Others might be audible throughout the home. If this is an important factor for you, or you live in a small home, consider the sound rating of the equipment you are looking at. HVAC Energy Efficiency The efficiency rating of your HVAC system directly relates to the amount of money you will spend. The higher the efficiency rating, the less work your heating and cooling equipment will have to do to heat or cool your home. The government has standards in place to make sure everyone receives a minimum level of efficiency. The efficiency rating is known as the SEER rating - standing for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The lowest rating available is a 13, while the more efficient systems are usually rated anywhere between 20-28.

Cost Of A New Furnace or Air Conditioner The amount of money you spend is definitely a factor when purchasing your furnace or air conditioner. Upgrading or replacing your HVAC system is an important investment in your home, but you want to make sure you stay within your budget. Consider the long-term savings associated with higher efficiency systems, too. We also have financing options, many with 0% interest, for those who qualify. We try to make this experience as worry-free as possible for you. HVAC Equipment Warranty Information Take into consideration the type of warranty you are getting with your new HVAC system. There are typically furnace warranties and air conditioner warranties - with most being at least 5-10 years. Keep in mind that you typically have to also keep up on HVAC maintenance on your system, being performed by a licensed HVAC professional, for the warranty to be valid. There might also be an option to purchase extended coverage - such as one covering parts AND labor. Many manufacturer warranties on HVAC equipment only cover parts. Make sure to go over the details of your warranty with us before you make your final decision. Bonus Features On Heating and Cooling Equipment Modern HVAC systems can come with a wide variety of options. There are programmable thermostats, system automations, and more. You may want some or all of these HVAC system options when you purchase your new furnace or air conditioner. They can help with controlling humidity, regulating temperatures with your schedule, or even notifying us when your system is experiencing issues. Take into consideration ways you can make the most out of your investment. We are here to help you make the best decision for your home and wallet.

Reviews On Air Conditioners and Furnaces It's always a good idea to do a little research before you make a purchase. Looking up reviews on your new HVAC equipment is no different. Take a little time to ask us, or do it on your own. You can look up your make and model, and read the reviews on your own. Detailed reviews that talk about the home type, climate, and cost are a good place to start. Ideally you should try to find the most detailed reviews as possible to give you the best, most reliable information. If this is too time consuming for you, please feel free to ask us and we will give you our honest opinions on the different types and models of HVAC equipment. We have a lot of experience with which systems are most reliable, cost effective, efficient, and more.

If you have questions about the price of a new air conditioner or furnace, please contact us! We're always happy to help. Outstanding Heating and Cooling is the top-rated HVAC company in the Kettering area, offering years of experience and top-notch customer service. Let us help you make the smartest investment when it comes to your home comfort! Example Overview from HVAC.com: Bryant Evolution® Variable-Speed Air Conditioner

Energy rating: Up to 19 SEER energy-efficiency performance

Sound rating: 9/10, as it can operate down to 25% capacity

Incredible dehumidification capability with the Evolution Connex™ control

Five stages of variable-speed operation, resulting in energy savings and steady temperatures

Uses non-ozone depleting Puron® refrigerant

Soft start and smooth ramp-up to operating speeds

Warranties: 10-year parts limited warranty upon registration

Customer satisfaction: The Better Business Bureau has given Bryant an A+ rating and its customers have given this system 4.8/5 stars

Pros: This system is truly budget-friendly, especially considering its low speeds are incredibly quiet, down to 56 decibels. This is one of Bryant’s smallest ducted systems, which blends into any landscape.

Cons: While this system comes with an impressive warranty, no lifetime warranty is available. Additionally, the system is not incredibly quiet when it’s not in its “AeroQuiet” condition.

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