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When choosing the best HVAC system for your family, it’s crucial to understand your options.

With dozens of HVAC brands and hundreds of heating and cooling systems to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices to the right combination of quality manufacturer and system components. Hiring an experienced HVAC contractor is the first step, but the following tips can give you added confidence to choose the best home heating and cooling system for your particular needs.

• Good HVAC contractors will measure every room in your home and know the volume of each. This helps them determine the load requirements (power requirements) of your new system.
• Find out what energy source (gas, electric, natural gas, etc.) is most economical in your area. You may want to buy equipment that runs from this energy source to save money on heating and cooling. Your local utilities may also offer energy audits to help you decide which energy source is best for your HVAC unit.
Name-brand equipment often appears to be more costly upfront, but major manufacturers usually offer better warranties and longer service contracts than unknown brands, which can save you money over the lifespan of your unit. Before you make a decision, ask your HVAC contractor which brands offer the best product warranties and customer care.
Ease of use is important to many HVAC consumers. Good HVAC systems should have controls and thermostats that are easy to program and run, clear maintenance instructions, and even long-term maintenance agreements that keep the systems running with little attention from homeowners.
• Determine the temperature control settings that are important to you. You can install multiple system HVAC zones consisting of more than one heating and cooling system, zone damper systems that allow you to open and close heating and cooling ducts in various rooms or control temperature via several thermostats throughout your home, or programmable thermostats that maintain a constant temperature throughout the home based on the day and time.
• Consider a system that includes air humidifier and dehumidifier settings. Some HVAC systems allow you to control the humidity in your home and can offer benefits that include a healthier environment, less static electricity, and preservation of home furnishings and wood floors.
• Most modern HVAC units are designed and installed to run quietly. Depending on your home and family needs, you may require a system that offers added noise control. Options include vibration isolation, acoustic system linings, insulated compartments and variable speed equipment that let you choose the amount of noise generated versus air output.
• Many systems include indoor air quality features such as HEPA filters, electronic air cleaning devices and even ultra-violet air treatment. If anyone in your household suffers from allergies or has sensitivities to air quality, you may want to invest in a system that has additional air quality protections.
• If your HVAC contractor isn’t willing to answer every question you have, look for another installer. Heating and cooling systems are some of the largest investments homeowners make, so your provider should be patient and respectful of your time and budget.