Which Brand of HVAC System Should I Go For?
Tips from your Home Comfort Specialists in Easton, PA
Whether your existing HVAC system is at the end of its life, or you are looking to upgrade to a high-efficiency system, replacing your home’s heating or air conditioning is a substantial investment. If you have put aside some funds for such contingencies, a sudden outage in the system could be a rude shock to your wallet. However, this is not an avoidable expense. The HVAC system is arguably one of the most important aspects of home maintenance, and it is important to invest in the right brand, make and model for maintaining a comfortable home.
While you may do thorough online research to shortlist the options that fit your requirements and budget, there are certain aspects that go beyond cost and functionality. The specialists at Comfort Solutions HVAC suggest the ideal considerations for investing in a HVAC system.
Tips for Selecting the Most Suitable HVAC System for Your Home
Basics of Brand Selection: For a large investment, such as an HVAC system, you want to select a brand that is:
- Reputed and trustworthy
- Reliable, has a good track record for quality
- Provides innovative, energy-efficient features
- Offers a flexible, tiered range of products and models to meet varying requirements and budgets
In the U.S., there are actually only a handful of HVAC equipment manufacturers. However, they launch numerous products with varying appearance, labels, and marketing tactics, and operate under over 150 different brand names. Here are some examples of brands that actually feature products from the same manufacturing line:
- Lennox, Armstrong and Concord
- Trane and American Standard
- York, Lux and Coleman
- Carrier, Payne, Tempstar and Bryant
- Amana and Goodman
All these companies are billion-dollar corporations that invest in the best machinery, rigid quality checks, and advanced technology, which means the products and brands available in the market today are almost on par with each other. Whether it is comfort features, control panels, energy efficiency, warranty or sound ratings, there are only marginal functionality differences, mainly in the top-end models. For example, the display screen size may be of a superior technology or size, or the energy efficiency may be a fraction higher or lower than the rest. So how should you go about shortlisting a brand or model?
The Right Contractors Make a Difference: The key differentiator for HVAC systems is the service provider or contractor, who installs your system. Your service provider will understand your requirements and help you determine the best options, keeping in mind:
- Your budget and how long you plan to live in your current home
- Your home’s layout, insulation, ductwork and fuel options available (gas/ electric/etc.)
- Your comfort requirements, such as indoor air quality, humidity, hot/cold areas within the home
- Your lifestyle requirements, such as remotely controlling the temperature, start times, etc.
In addition to brand selection, the biggest impact that your HVAC service provider can make, is in the quality of installation. A properly installed and carefully maintained system will last for 15 to 20 years, whereas poor installation or marginal upkeep could reduce its life to barely 10 years. Inefficient contractors could misjudge your home’s layout, ductwork design, or other sizing and installation aspects. This may lead to failed compressors, broken motors, inadequate or patchy heating and cooling, and several other problems.
At Comfort Solutions HVAC, we offer some of the most reliable and cost-efficient systems from Amana, and carry all the makes and models across their tiered range of products. For high-quality installation, prompt maintenance visits, and 24X7 emergency repair services in the eastern PA region, rely on the N.A.T.E certified technicians at Comfort Solutions HVAC. In addition to best-in-class heating and cooling solutions, we provide regular inspections and flexible maintenance plans that maximize the life and efficiency of your HVAC system.
For more information on replacement, tune up or repairs for your HVAC system, call us at 610-438-9300, or contact us online to request an estimate.