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How You Can Smartly Shop for a New HVAC Unit This Summer

Shopping for a new HVAC unit isn’t easy, especially in the summer heat. How do you know what you need? Which is the best system for your home? When the pressure’s on and the temperature’s climbing, you can end up rushing the decision and getting a system that’s not what your home needs. Here are a few things to look for to ensure that you get the right unit for your needs.

  • Efficiency. In Arizona, ACs must have a minimum SEER rating of 14. Gas furnaces must have a minimum AFUE rating of 80%. However, SEER ratings go up to 26 and AFUE ratings go above 98%. By looking for higher ratings, you can ensure your system runs well for less energy and less money.
  • Sizing. Make sure your HVAC contractor uses Manual J so you get the correct-size system for your home. If your new HVAC unit is too small, it won’t be able to heat or cool properly, wasting energy. If your new HVAC unit is too big, it will cycle on and off too quickly, making your house uncomfortable and wearing out the system prematurely.
  • Programmable thermostat. The unit you get should be compatible with a quality thermostat that will save you money. A programmable thermostat can help your system run more efficiently, keeping you comfortable while saving you energy and ensuring you don’t pay to heat or cool an empty house. Ask your HVAC technician about programmable thermostat options for your new system.
  • Features. Certain extra features may cost more, but they will save you money in the long run. Getting a variable-speed air handler or a zoning system will provide better comfort for less energy by making it so the unit doesn’t have to run at full power in every room all the time. This in turn reduces the strain on your system, helping it run better for longer, meaning fewer repairs and a longer system life span.

If you need a new HVAC unit, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We help Yuma residents get the best new HVAC units for their homes and keep them running at peak efficiency for years to come.