The temperature of your home is something you need to stay on top of. In the summer, when the sun is at its strongest and the temperature outdoors becomes formidable, you need the right equipment to keep you cool and comfortable in your home.
In the winter, when temperatures begin to drop, you need something that is going to take the edge off those chilly months. What’s more, you need a system that is going to handle both of these duties without hitting you hard in the wallet and without damaging the environment.
This is why a good quality HVAC system is a must for the modern home.
Take a look at our guide to finding the perfect heating and cooling equipment for your household. Don’t forget to get in touch with our team if you have any questions.
Heating and Cooling System Types
There are numerous types of HVAC equipment available on the market, and it is not always obvious which one represents the best choice for you and your home.
Take a look at this guide to different types of heating and cooling systems you can choose from to help you make your selection.
Single stage systems
Single stage systems operate at the same power level throughout the year with no variation. This makes them useful as a basic solution for providing cold air when the weather gets hot and warm air when the temperatures drop in winter, but overall they are relatively inefficient.
Single stage systems are available with variable fan speeds, which can temper their effect at times when the weather is neither exceptionally cold or exceptionally hot. However, their uniform power setting can still be expensive across the whole year, not to mention damaging to the environment.
Multi stage systems
Multi stage systems are far more popular thanks to variable power settings, which enable the user to select the ideal setting for their climate and time of year. As they have enhanced functionality, they tend to be more expensive to purchase and to install than single stage versions, but the energy savings more than make up for this.
Multi stage systems are also kinder to the environment as they use less electricity across the course of the year.
A zoned system is a smart HVAC system that controls the temperature of different areas of your home. Rather than providing uniform temperature control across the whole space, a zoned system uses valves within the duct system to control each zone of your home separately.
These systems can be complex to install as airflow must be controlled throughout the home, and any weak spots – uninsulated doors, for example – need to be secured. However, just like the multi stage system, the additional control afforded by a zoned system will save you money over the course of the year. It will also provide an environmental benefit.
While finding respite from the heat is undoubtedly a factor when choosing a HVAC system, the humidity of a space can seriously add to the discomfort, particularly in the summer in tropical and sub-tropical climates.
Heating and cooling systems with dehumidifiers and with variable settings that can be used to get the best out of these units, are popular in such areas. If humidity is an issue in your area, a system with humidity control settings is something to seriously consider.
Ductless systems are standalone HVAC units that provide cooling and heating in a highly localized area within your home or workspace. Less efficient than their more sophisticated, duct-using counterparts, a ductless unit is unsuitable for providing a main source of heating and cooling, but can still be useful depending on your circumstances.
For example, if you have a small workspace in which you need temperature control, a ductless unit is likely to be cheaper than investing in a complex HVAC system. Before making your choice, consider your needs and your budget and use this to inform your selection.
What to Consider When Buying a HVAC System
There are many questions you should be asking yourself when choosing a HVAC system for your home or other properties. These questions will help you to better understand your needs and the requirements of the space you want to heat or cool, and will help you to narrow down your choice of unit or system.
Do you need a wholly new system or just a replacement?
When looking for a HVAC system, it is tempting to select a like for like replacement for your existing system. This is perceived as a more streamlined route to achieving an upgraded system, without any of the hassle of choosing a completely new HVAC. However, this is not always the case.
If you do go down the route of replacing your old system with an identical or similar unit, you will need to have your home assessed first. Duct systems, insulation, doors and windows, and a variety of other areas will all need to be checked to ensure they are still up to the job. It may also be the case that the exact size of unit that you need no longer exists.
Factor these potential costs in when you are working out if you need a new system or simply a replacement, and avoid any nasty surprises relating to cost.
How efficient is your new system?
The real cost of a HVAC system does not come from its initial purchase or installation. Instead, it is the long term operation of the system that leads to high expenditure on the part of the user. This is why choosing an efficient unit is not simply recommended, it is a must for any cost-conscious and environmentally-responsible buyer.
The efficiency of an HVAC system is measured by a SEER – or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio – rating. This rating is calculated using the operating power of the unit and factoring in the average amount of time the unit will be used throughout the year. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit.
All modern HVAC units must have a SEER rating of 13 and above. This still leaves some room to maneuver. Look for units with as high a rating as possible and make serious savings over the year, not to mention doing your bit for our environment.
Can you handle basic maintenance on your new system?
Over the course of its lifetime, your HVAC system is going to handle a heavy workload. This means that maintenance tasks must be carried out on your system more often than on other appliances that you may have in your home.
Major repair and maintenance jobs will be carried out by a contracted professional. This may be a condition of the manufacturer warranty. However, in order to save time, money, and hassle, it pays to be able to handle at least some of the maintenance tasks for yourself.
Changing filters, cleaning ducts, and monitoring the system are all basic maintenance tasks that you will be able to take care of yourself, but you need to know how to do this before choosing a system. Take the time to ask questions about the system before you purchase, and understand exactly what you will need to do to keep it in good working order.
What sort of warranty does the manufacturer offer?
All appliances sold by Appliances Connection are covered by our comprehensive warranty and quality guarantee. However, it is still a good idea to understand what other rights you have as a consumer, which is why checking the manufacturer warranty is a good idea.
Different manufacturers will offer different warranties. It is worth doing your homework and discovering what each brand can provide. You may be able to find warranties covering replacement thermostats, or extended guarantees that offer longer terms of cover.
Want to find out more about selecting the perfect heating and cooling system? Get in touch with our team today.
Top Rated Heating and Cooling Systems at Appliances Connection
The Appliances Connection range offers a variety of HVAC systems at prices that suit your budget. Take a look at some of the highest rated products on our site.
As one of the top rated budget air conditioners in the Appliances Connection range, the CP05G10B from Friedrich is a popular choice among our customers. The 18.5″ unit is part of Friedrich’s Chill Series. It is capable of 5450 BTU cooling capacity, with 4-way air flow control and three cooling speeds.
One of the best rated split systems in the Appliances Connection range, the LMVN240HV from LG includes child lock, auto restart, and inverter features to make this a reliable and versatile piece of equipment. The LG unit is capable of 24000 BTU cooling capacity, and 27000 BTU heating capacity.
The FFAD7033R1 has been very well received by both experts and consumers alike. The 15″ dehumidifier boasts a 70 pint capacity, as well as a raft of features designed to provide comfort and ease of use in equal measure. These include continuous drain options, smart humidity control, and easy clean filters.
The PTC093G50AXXX from Amana is a high efficiency, high efficacy Package Terminal Conditioner with electric heating functionality. In addition to heating, the unit provides 9000 BTU cooling capacity, using R410A refrigerant, and is a popular item in our PTC range.