Which HVAC System Do I Need For My Home?

Family enjoying comfortable temperature in their home

The heat and air system is the unsung hero of the modern home. It’s like an offensive line in many regards, as long as it's doing its job, no one even thinks about it, but let a defender come through and make a sack… it’s over. As long as your HVAC system is working, great, but as soon as it’s not… game over!

Buying a new HVAC System can be daunting, questions like: What size system do I need? What type of system do I need? What brand should I purchase? The answer is, it depends. It varies from home to home, location to location, it depends on lifestyle, which direction your home faces, how many windows you have, if your house is on a slab or not. IT DEPENDS!

That’s why you want a smart, experienced contractor, who will perform a room by room heat load analysis of your home, and not just use a rule of thumb to advise you on your HVAC system.

Questions your contractor should be asking you:

  1. Have you noticed an increase in your electric/ gas bills?
  2. Do you seem to have any hot or cold spots in the home?
  3. Does anyone in the home struggle with allergies?
  4. Does your home seem to have any issues with humidity?

In order to get the best system for your dollar, you will need to prioritize your answers as to what is the most important function of your soon to be new system.

Remember the ventilation is just as important as the heating and air system itself. Ventilation covers a wide range of topics, all of which contribute to the comfort of your home. It includes the duct work that delivers the air to the individual rooms, to exhaust fans, and air purifiers.

How to know which system is best for my home?

Once you have a handle on the size of system you need, there are a couple more options to consider: Split system,or Package unit.

A Package unit, comes assembled from a factory. Which means when your system arrives it should have the proper refrigerant charge, and balanced motors. The only on-site work that would be performed is running ductwork.

A split system has in house assembly that is required. The furnace is installed in the house where it is protected from the elements. Split systems also offer greater seasonal energy efficiency ratios or SEER ratings. Split systems offer 26 SEER while most package units only offer 16 SEER.

So what next?

You need a smart, licensed, experienced contractor to install your system. Otherwise, your system may be less efficient and possibly die sooner than it should! The contractor must know how to install components to meet the manufacturer’s design and adjust refrigerant levels to maximize efficiency.

To learn more, or if you have any questions, give us a call today, Yarbrough and Sons Heat and Air (405)485-3470. We have more than 400 years combined experience in the HVAC world, so our techs aren’t learning on the job at your expense as some new contractors do.