Do you have an air conditioner on its last legs? Are you wondering how to decide which HVAC unit you should get? Shopping, in general, can sometimes be a frustrating experience. There are either too many choices or not enough choices and then you're left feeling confused. This situation is bad enough when you're shopping for clothes or food, but it's not something that you want to deal with when your house is starting to overheat due to a failing appliance. In order to pick out your next unit, here are some things that you should do:
Make a list of desired attributes: Once you've looked at more than a few HVAC units, you can start to lose track of what you wanted or needed in the first place. Find out what size unit you have now and whether you need the same size or not. If the house has been expanded or has had rooms removed since the system was installed, get an HVAC professional to provide an assessment as to whether or not you need a different size. Do you need an all-in-one unit or do you already have a separate furnace? Even if you're sure that you won't forget, make a note of these things.
Find out what's available: You can find all sorts of HVAC units available online but not all of them may be available locally. If you can find someone willing to install an HVAC unit that you ordered yourself, then go ahead and order from anywhere. Otherwise, talk to the HVAC companies in your area to find out what they have available and whether there are any sales or rebates on any particular model. Make sure to take note of the exact model numbers and their prices so that you can better compare everything later.
Check out reviews: Once you've narrowed the choice down to a handful of units that fit your criteria, it's time to check out HVAC reviews. If possible, try to find HVAC reviews from your area of the country. An air conditioner that gets bad reviews from people in Phoenix, AZ for not cooling very well during summer days that are hotter than 110F may work just fine in your area if your average summer temperature rarely reaches 90F. Similarly, someone in Florida may only need to run the furnace part of an all-in-one HVAC unit a couple times a year so you should look for HVAC reviews that tell you how well a particular unit functions in an area that gets heavy snowfall.