The HVAC system is one of the most essential components of any modern building. Gone are the days of an occupant of any residential or commercial structure being subject to room temperatures inside said venue; nowadays, the presence of some sort of mechanism to regulate how hot or cold a division, floor or building is not only expected, but almost required.
Yet, even as the presence of air conditioning and central heating in any indoor space becomes more and more common, many customers remain woefully of what factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system. Non-specialised information about air conditioning and heating systems continues to be far less prolific than desired, and anyone unable to wade through the technical jargon and understand what each of the specialist terms stands for and means is likely to have a hard time when trying to pick the right type of HVAC for their property.
As air conditioning and heating specialists, Thermotech solutions are often confronted with this problem when attempting to serve uninitiated and layman customers. While our more versed customers are usually aware of what HVAC system they are after and why, many others have no more than a vague idea of what type of configuration would serve them best, and are having a hard time understanding the differences between all the different available types.
It is with these customers in mind that Thermotech’s team of highly knowledgeable specialists have come up with the idea of dedicating a blog post to listing the most important factors to consider when choosing an HVACsystem, and explaining how taking each into consideration will make the selection process easier. Our reasoning can be read in the lines below.
Size and Room
The first item on our list of factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system is dimension. Specifically, we urge customers looking to buy a centralised heating and cooling system to assess what room they have available, and contrast that figure with the size of the system they are planning to purchase. This way, they can make sure their HVAC of choice will fit comfortably into its designated area, and avoid oversized systems.
The importance of this factor goes beyond simple convenience. An oversized HVAC system will cycle on an off more frequently than a less potent counterpart, and therefore be less efficient. Moreover, the process will cause more wear and tear to the system’s innards, and may prevent it from ever reaching peak performance. Investing in a smaller system may at first glance seem ill-advised, but could well yield significantly better results in the long run.
Customers wishing to ascertain whether or not an HVAC system may be oversized for their needs would do well to enlist the help of an engineer, as the calculations are quite complex; however, if the system capacity exceeds the heating load by more than 25 percent, the system can be considered oversized, and another solution should be found.
Value for Money
Value for money is another of the important factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system. As with many other appliance-related purchases, simply going for the most affordable or ‘budget’ option is not advised; much to the contrary, adopting this approach can be counter-productive, particularly in the long run. Not only will budget HVAC systems damage more easily due to inferior build quality, they can also be a hazard should quality control have been neglected, which is not unheard of.
As such, the term ‘value for money’ refers, in this instance, to a system which offers actual value for money, that is to say, which pays off the investment made in it, rather than simply be affordable. Investing in a slightly more expensive, but provenly sturdier and better-built HVAC system may, at first, represent a bigger financial investment, but this effort will pay off in the long run; higher-quality HVAC systems will last longer and require less repair, resulting in less frequent expenditures for the property owner. As such, build quality and price/quality ratio definitely constitute important factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system.
Lastly, an aspect many home-owners often disregard but which should definitely be included in any list of factors to consider when choosing an HVACsystem is the availabilty of certified repair outlets in the vicinity of their home.
This is because not every company is widespread, and certain brands may not even have representation within the UK, particularly imported ‘value’ brands. As such, uninformed home-owners, or those who overlook or willingly ignore this aspect, might find themselves forced to wait longer should their device need a repair, incurring in extra expenditure or, in extreme cases, unable to have it repaired at all.
This, of course, often results in issues, aggravation and inconvenience, making it paramount for home-owners to check that the HVAC system they are thinking of buying has a qualified repair and assistance agent in their immediate proximity; doing so can save them a considerable amount of hassle in the long run.
The aspects detailed above are only some of the key factors to consider when choosing an HVAC system. Aside from them, a case could also be made for simplicity, ease of use, and even amount of functions as impacting factors towards a customer’s eventual choice.
Even still, these can be said to be the most important considerations a consumer should make prior to and during the process of selecting a heating and air considitioning system for their residential, commercial, industrial or office building. Taking these factors into consideration can turn a complex and potentially nerve-racking process into a simple, streamlined and straightforward operation, as well as ensure the customer makes the perfect choice to fit his or her needs and requirements.
That is why the specialists here at Thermotech Solutions make a point of informing our customers about what factors to consider when buying an HVAC system, to ensure they make an informed decision and are totally happy with their purchase. We hope this blog has managed to serve the same purpose, and made our customers more aware of what to pay attention to when buying an air conditioning and heating system!