Purchasing a HVAC System

A lot of places in the country rely on HVAC systems to regulate the indoor temperature of their homes. If you’re a new homeowner and buying a brand new HVAC unit for the first time, you’re undoubtedly unfamiliar with them. 

Unfortunately, many HVAC companies will try to take advantage of this and lead you astray. If you’re a first-time HVAC buyer who doesn’t want to be taken advantage of, you should ask the following questions.

Below are different important factors you have to consider when purchasing an HVAC system for the first time.

The Different HVAC System Types

Split air conditioners, mini-split or portable air conditioners, central air conditioners, floor-mounted air conditioners, window air conditioners, geothermal air conditioners, and other variants of air conditioning systems are available on the market. Each of these air conditioners has its own set of features and advantages.

Additionally, there are various models for furnace units available, just as there are various types of air conditioners. You can pick between natural gas, electric, oil, or propane furnace, for example. Keep in mind that the efficiency, heating capacity, and coverage of these furnaces vary.

A natural gas furnace is preferred by the majority of homes.

The Unit Size to Get for Your House

When determining the capacity of your HVAC system, you must first examine the size of your home. Aside from that, you’ll have to think about insulation, the number of people and windows, the type of building, and so on.

You must first establish the HVAC unit’s capability, not its physical size, before making a purchase. You won’t attain the ideal comfort if you get an HVAC system that is too big or too little. 

Buying an excessive or undersized HVAC unit will waste more energy and put a lot of strain on the system. You’ll eventually need regular repairs, which will shorten the unit’s lifespan. This is why you need to speak with an HVAC specialist and inquire about the unit’s proper size before purchasing an HVAC unit.

The Cost of Your Chosen HVAC System

The cost of HVAC installation is determined by a variety of factors, including the kind of HVAC system, labor costs, ductwork installation, and additional installation accessories.  

You may make your home more pleasant once again by installing HVAC accessories. Air purifiers, humidifiers, and other HVAC accessories are examples. However, including these HVAC accessories will raise your overall price. 

Also, if you need to replace your home’s electrical panels, the cost of HVAC installation could increase much more.

The Efficiency Ratings for HVAC Systems

If you want to save on your electricity bills, you’ll need to lower the cost of running your HVAC system. To do so, you’ll need to invest in an energy-efficient furnace or air conditioner.

The AFUE rating is a measure of efficiency. Modern HVAC systems typically have an AFUE value of 90 to 98 percent. The energy star rating and SEER are used in addition to the AFUE rating. This label signifies that the system you’re buying consumes the least amount of energy when in use.


These points should be enough as your starting point when you want to get your ideas across to an HVAC specialist. Be sure to make a list along with relevant questions so that your consultation with a specialist will go smoothly and quickly.

If you’re looking for a dependable HVAC contractor in Calgary and Edmonton, don’t hesitate to contact Legacy Heating! We specialize in HVAC systems for residential new home construction and installation and replacement of furnaces, air conditioners, air cleaners, and more. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you!

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