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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a HVAC

A financial expert came out and said that the best temperature to keep your home at, even in the summer, was 78 degrees. Clearly, that person is always cold, because, for most of us, the idea of keeping our HVAC systems at almost eighty degrees is unheard of – especially in Florida.

We don’t know about you, but we think the only way to survive a Tampa summer is to take solace in the cool, constant flowing air conditioning in your home. But to do that, you need a well-functioning HVAC system.

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for your new HVAC system during your build process.

Shop for The Size of Your Home

HVAC systems are not one-size-fits-all. If you get a unit that’s too small for your home, it’s going to be running constantly, and will burn itself out (and cost you more in utilities) a lot sooner than the correct-sized one would.

On the other hand, if you get a unit that’s too big, you’ll be paying too much up-front for your unit and its installation.

Your best bet is to find a company, like Carrier, who make high-quality units in every size. Not only does this company make the perfect unit for your new build (or move-in ready home), but they’re happy to help you find the right fit for your home, too.

Keep Energy Efficiency in Mind

Newer HVAC unit models are built to be efficient – but there’s a gold standard when it comes to appliance efficiency. Think of Energy Star appliances like Nobel-prize-winning units. They exceed expectations and, while they cost more upfront, they’re going to save you money over time. Many energy star products even have a special yellow tag that will show you the energy savings per year you’ll get with the product you’re looking at.

When it’s time to choose your Carrier HVAC unit, make sure you choose one that’s energy-efficient. You not only owe it to your wallet, but you owe it to the health of the Earth as well.

Not sure how much an Energy Star appliance will save you? Each unit has a tag that shows you projected savings for the year. Add that up over a lifetime and that’s a lot of dough!

Check for a High SEER Rating

SEER is an acronym that stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and when it comes to rankings, the higher the number, the better. Anything about 14 is considered high-efficiency, so that should be your baseline when you choose your HVAC unit!

One Size Doesn’t Fit Most

The number one thing to remember when buying an HVAC system is that one size doesn’t fit most. Your home is unique, and multiple factors determine the best unit for you. If you have any questions while picking a unit, reach out to your builder or the Bryant and Carrier staff.

We’re here to help!