It’s January, and hopefully since we’re in the middle of winter you’re not faced with choosing a new heater for your home. However, if you are, we have a few suggestions to help homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area know what to look for and how to get the best deal. A heating/cooling system is a big investment. This is why it’s so important to make an informed choice.
First of all, consider the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number
Today, every homeowner wants to save as much as possible on energy costs. A high SEER rating will help ensure you enjoy a comfortable home, while saving on energy bills. Make sure the system you are considering has a SEER rating of 16 or higher, as you will enjoy increased comfort and efficiency.
Compare not only prices, but potential as well
Certainly price is important, and not all homeowners can afford the highest priced heating/cooling system on the market. However, it’s important to compare not only price, but the potential of specific heaters. How long is the heating system expected to last, and what does the warranty cover? Is there a service contract or any rebates available in your area to help reduce costs? The more you know, the smarter purchasing decision you can make. Beware of going with the lowest-priced system, as it may cost you more in the long run.
Learn about maintenance contract options
Just as with any type of machinery or equipment, regular maintenance is vital to keep your heating/ac system working at maximum efficiency; maintenance also extends the life of your heater. Before deciding on which system is best for you, talk to your Hayward heating/cooling contractor regarding maintenance contract options.
Ultimately, before purchasing a new heater for your home, it’s to your benefit to discuss the pros and cons of various systems with your HVAC contractor. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we are dedicated to helping you enjoy a warm, comfortable home over the winter months while keeping energy costs as low as possible.