When you’re buying HVAC equipment, one of the first places you may start is online, where information is quick and easy to access. However, there’s a lot to learn about heating and air conditioning before you select the right system for your home. The best place to start is with an HVAC contractor, who can explain the basics and subtleties of the systems you depend on for interior comfort.
HVAC contractors and technicians must pass rigorous exams before they receive a license. All licensed HVAC workers also have to continue their educations to keep their licenses valid, which helps them stay on top of changes in the industry. A contractor has to be insured and bonded in order to practice in Michigan, which protects the consumer. Contractors also provide written guarantees that cover the installation of the equipment, along with honoring the manufacturer’s warranties.
One of the most important elements the contractor brings to the table is the ability to size HVAC equipment properly, something unique to your home. They use a system called Manual J that takes into account:
- The cubic volume of your home
- Insulation levels
- Quality of and number of windows, along with their orientation to the sun
- Your appliances that throw off heat
- Number of occupants in the home and preferred temperatures
- Lifestyle habits
- Your yard’s landscaping
All these impact the size of the HVAC system your home needs. When you’re buying HVAC equipment, value is likely at the top of your list and size is one of the important factors that drives the cost of your system. Not only do larger systems cost more, but if the equipment is too big, it doesn’t condition your home as comfortably as HVAC equipment that is the right size or slightly smaller. HVAC contractors also inspect your home to verify that the ducts are adequate for your home and the new HVAC equipment. Poorly designed or leaky ducts can increase your heating and cooling costs by 30 percent.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing has been providing the Traverse City region with HVAC services for over 30 years. Contact us when buying HVAC equipment and we’ll help you identify the best equipment for your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC equipment and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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