When buying an HVAC system, one of your main goals is saving money. However, at the same time, cutting corners can lead to a lower quality system, which can end up costing you money in the long run, as well as producing inferior performance.
So how do you know when to splurge and when to save when it comes to HVAC costs? Here are a few rules of thumb.
A programmable thermostat can help reduce your HVAC costs dramatically. By programming it to switch to a lower energy setting automatically at certain times of day, you can avoid paying to heat or cool an empty house, or running up your energy bill while you’re asleep.
Unless you have a dedicated air purifier separate from your HVAC system, a high end filter will do more harm than good. The thick construction of HEPA filters will restrict airflow through your system, wasting energy and causing the unit to wear out more quickly. A filter with a MERV rating of 9-12, replaced regularly, will help keep your air clean for a much lower cost.
Splurge: Your HVAC System
Your furnace and A/C are both worth paying a little extra money for something well-built. Not only will they provide you with maximum comfort for minimal energy use, but with proper maintenance, they’ll also last a lot longer than something cheaply made.
You can pay top dollar for the best HVAC system on the market, and still replace it within a few years if you don’t take care of it. By scheduling two annual maintenance visits per year (one in the spring, for your A/C, and one in the fall, for your furnace), you can make sure your system is running smoothly and efficiently, finding and addressing any issues before they become costly problems. By spending money on quality HVAC service, your system will serve you faithfully for years to come.
To learn more about getting the most out of HVAC costs, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’re Monmouth County’s trusted source for quality heating and cooling solutions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).