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Efficient HVAC systems usually require inspections twice every year, and if your inspection turned sour this season, you’re probably in the market for a new AC system. But before you pick the AC system of your dreams, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind. Don’t buy an AC system without thinking about these four things first!

Unlike hats or stretchy gloves, one size HVAC system certainly doesn’t fit all. Every home has different heating and cooling needs, which means you should take your specific needs into consideration before you invest in an entirely new HVAC system. Is your home well-insulated? How many rooms are your trying to cool at once? These are important questions that you should be answering before you pick a new system for your home.

SEER Rating
If efficiency is something you’re concerned about, make sure you’re paying attention to any given system’s SEER rating. This rating effectively dictates just how energy-efficient a unit is. The higher the SEER rating on a particular unit, the more efficient it will be. Today, the lowest SEER rating allowed on the market is 14. Any system over 10 years old won’t hold up to the modern standard.

Cooling and heating systems repair is something every homeowner needs to take into consideration before purchasing a new HVAC system. If you’re paying more in cooling and heating systems repairs than you would be by outright purchasing a new system, it’s time to let the old heater and AC go. This is a great area to consult with a licensed HVAC contractor about, as they can provide helpful information on cost.

Service Contracts
Before you make any big ticket purchases, it’s important to know who will be installing your unit and who will be maintaining it. If you trust your HVAC team with installation and repair, you might want to consider a service contract, which will ensure that you’re always getting timely maintenance for your HVAC system, even in emergency situations.

Purchasing a new AC system can be a challenge, but as long as you’re taking these things into consideration you should be just fine.

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