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Common HVAC Equipment Buying Mistakes People Make

If you wait until your current HVAC equipment wears out, you may find yourself in a situation where you have to choose its replacement in a hurry. While having new HVAC components installed quickly may be necessary for your family’s comfort, your purchasing decision also impacts issues like your home’s air quality and ongoing energy costs.

To make the best possible equipment choice, be sure to avoid these common mistakes:

Buying Too Big or Too Small Equipment

Under- or oversized equipment can cause a host of issues, like poor temperature and humidity control, excessive energy consumption, repeated breakdowns and/or premature failures and replacements. To ensure that your equipment is properly sized, your installer needs to perform a load calculation to determine the right capacity.

Making Price Your Primary Criteria

Going with the lowest bid for new equipment and installation may seem smart, but it can cost you over the long term. The least expensive equipment typically has lower efficiency ratings and costs more to operate. A low-ball bid from a contractor can leave you with equipment that’s poorly installed so it doesn’t perform well or last as long as it should.

Neglecting Preventive Maintenance

Properly maintaining new HVAC equipment over its lifetime is critical to preserve its efficiency and the manufacturer’s warranty against defects. You can lessen the chances of forgetting to schedule yearly inspections, tuneups and cleanings by signing a preventive maintenance contract with the HVAC contractor who did the installation.

Not Considering All Your Equipment Options

Taking the time to compare different models within your budget and thoroughly investigate the latest features that can maximize your comfort and energy savings is crucial to get the full benefit of buying a new air conditioner, heat pump or furnace. A knowledgeable HVAC pro can help you evaluate the efficiency ratings for different models, and offer insight into the benefits of technologically-advanced features like variable-speed air handlers, smart thermostats, ECM motors and two-stage compressors.

For expert advice that can help you avoid mistakes when buying HVAC equipment for your San Antonio home, contact us today at Beyer Boys.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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