How to Choose the Right HVAC for Sacramento

Published July 2013 by

Choosing a new HVAC system for your home is a major decision that should be considered thoughtfully. After all, getting the right HVAC for Sacramento can lead to years of warm winter nights and cool summer days to enjoy together as a family in your home.

On the other hand, choose the wrong HVAC system and you’ll be saddled with a host of problems including sky high utility bills, rooms that are either too hot or too cold (but never just right), and expensive maintenance costs.

You might be surprised at a few of the common mistakes folks shopping for HVAC systems make in their search for the best heating and air conditioning option in Sacramento. This article will make sure you don’t commit any of those costly mistakes.

How to Choose the Right HVAC for Sacramento

Size matters.

When it comes to choosing an HVAC system bigger doesn’t always equal better. A system with too much heating capacity will cycle on and off regularly, causing the components to wear out more quickly than those of a modestly sized system.

To make sure you choose the HVAC system that’s the right size for your home ask your HVAC contractor to help you determine what your home’s heating load is. (Determining your home’s heating load is a bit tricky and is based on a mathematical formula that takes your home’s size, insulation and the local climate into consideration. Best to leave it to the professionals.) Armed with this data you’ll want to shop for an HVAC that has a system load no greater than 25 percent of your home’s calculated heating load.

Cheap doesn’t necessarily make for a good value.

Sometimes bargains don’t end up being such a good value in the long run, and that’s especially true of HVAC systems. While you might be tempted to choose the cheapest option available, resist the urge. Invest in a sturdy, quality HVAC with a comprehensive warranty. Yes, it will cost you more up front, but the savings over time will make up for that.

Use SEER to predict future savings.

The HVAC systems you’ll be shopping among today are very energy efficient even compared with the HVAC systems of just a few years back. Efficiency is indicated by an air conditioning unit’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number, with 13 currently the minimum allowed. A higher SEER number means great energy efficiency, but also a more expensive purchase. Find an HVAC system that strikes a good balance between cost and efficiency and it’ll be easy to predict big savings in your future.

Buy local

It doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy an HVAC system for Sacramento that no one in Sacramento can service. HVAC systems have come a long way from the clanking, ponderous systems you might remember lurking in the shadows of your basement as a child. Today’s systems are high-tech and sophisticated, and they require routine maintenance to function optimally. Unless you want to make a long-distance call every time you need your HVAC system looked at, buy local.

When it comes to buying local, Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort has earned the trust of Sacramento residents by offering top-quality HVAC systems at competitive prices and 24/7/365 service for nearly thirty years.

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