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How to Choose an HVAC System Like a Pro

Since 1952, WM Buffington Company has provided PA homes with top-notch HVAC installation services. We understand that choosing the heating and cooling unit for your home can be both confusing and frustrating. With so many specifications and features to consider and choose from, how do you even begin? Let our HVAC experts help you out with these handy tips.

Furnace Considerations

As far as energy efficiency goes, you don’t want a unit with a rating below 90%. There are many other points to consider with regard to energy efficiency, but this is the most important one. If possible, find a unit that’s at least 96% efficient. Typically, this is enough to meet the majority of your household’s needs. Ask our representatives for more information about furnace efficiency ratings.

After that, you need to choose between the three main types of new heating system installation: single-stage, two-stage or modulating. To understand these classifications, think of your heating system as a stove. If this stove were like a single-stage furnace, it would have only two settings: off or high. There would be no middle ground. Two-stage systems add one more step to the dial by giving you the option to choose between off, low or high. Of the three types, modulating furnaces are the closest to an actual stove, with multiple heat settings that allow the heating capacity to increase gradually by degrees, offering better control of your heating.

Choosing an Air Conditioner

Air conditioner efficiency is measured in SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. These days, you won’t find a unit with a SEER of 13 or lower. The average rating for most homes is 15 SEER. In some areas, certain ratings can qualify you for tax credits.

Ask our HVAC contractors about recommendations when it comes to air conditioning. Deciding between cooling units involves a lot of factors which we understand might be a little too complex to the average Joe, so save yourself the trouble by talking it over with a professional.

At WM Buffington Company Inc, we’re your trusted provider of heating, cooling, plumbing and insulation services. Give us a call at (717) 609-4020 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment today. We serve homeowners in Harrisburg, PA, and all surrounding areas.

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