Do the Math Before Purchasing Expensive HVAC and Only Get What Makes Sense

A couple of years ago, I had to replace my HVAC system.

My old one was actually twenty-five years old, and it was beginning to break down on a regular basis.

Because I rent out my house, I have to provide air conditioning. I can’t just wait and not fix the a/c, and the HVAC service company let me know that it was no longer possible to repair my central air conditioning. It was so old that parts were not readily available, and he just couldn’t do it anymore. Well, since it had been so long since I had purchased a heating and cooling system, I immediately wanted to jump right in and get the highest SEER rated a/c on the market. I wanted to go ahead and get a really big a/c unit in an effort to get the best I could afford. My HVAC company stepped in to give me more help than I knew I needed. That is when I learned that bigger is not always better when it comes to air conditioning. Instead of looking for the biggest unit, you should look for one designed for your size home. Also, it does not make sense to automatically get the highest SEER rating. SEER ratings tell the consumer how energy efficient the a/c unit is going to be, and of course we all want the most efficient one, right? Well, not necessarily, because the higher the a/c unit’s efficiency rating, the more expensive it is. At some point, you are paying way more than you will save in utility bills over the life of the unit. Therefore, you need to do the math before purchasing expensive HVAC and only get what makes sense for your needs and budget.

 

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