Finding a Top Rated HVAC System

As one of the leading residential HVAC repair companies in North Carolina, we know just how difficult it can be to find a top rated HVAC system in a market with so many suppliers. The right HVAC system can make your residence more comfortable, save you thousands in costly repairs, and last you for decades– but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find. What’s more is that choosing a top rated HVAC system to purchase is only half the battle. Much of the difficulty that comes with choosing a top rated HVAC system has to do with gauging its compatibility with your current ductwork, its year over year affordability, and much more.

Here at Superior Mechanical, our technicians love working on top rated systems, as issues that do arise from these systems can often be rectified quickly and without the need to order expensive parts or bring on extra manpower. And when less work is involved for them, that means less money is involved for you. Here are some things to consider when looking for that top rated home HVAC system– and some things to avoid!

Consider and check your home’s ductwork

We’re an HVAC company that’s been in business for a long time here in North Carolina– but from humble beginnings working out of the back of HVAC contractor and founder Joe Millikan’s garage to the massive team we have now, one thing has never changed: the importance of ductwork in all things HVAC related. Simply put, ductwork facilitates airflow throughout your whole house. It typically encompasses supply air, return air, and exhaust air channels at a minimum, though there are more complex systems around. When it comes to residential HVAC systems, it’s important to remember that ductwork setups do vary based on the layout of the home. In order to get both cool air and heat to flow through the home effectively, HVAC contractors typically work in conjunction with building contractors in the earlier stages of the build process to make sure vents, ventilation units, and thermostats are all placed in optimal areas. These unique setups can facilitate more or less corrosion, dust or debris build up, and damage in certain areas of the ductwork. If you don’t take this into account before installing a new HVAC system, your system could operate inefficiently, nixing the cost savings and avoided fees for repair work. We recommend reaching out to your trusted HVAC technician or contractor to perform a routine checkup of the current ductwork to assess any problems before purchasing any system. With experienced hands, fixing damaged or corroded ductwork can be a relatively straightforward, simple process that doesn’t cost a fortune!

Consider shopping around before making a decision

We’ve forged some incredible relationships with some of the best brands in the industry– including Trane, York, and Carrier– but even we’d advise shopping around when searching for the perfect heating and cooling system for your home.  Indoor air is a beast of its own, and the tried and true machines may not always net the best bang for your buck in your particular situation. When it comes to an air conditioner alone, there are a number of things that are much easier to make note of and consider when shopping around. The indoor air quality produced by the unit is important, as are the type and expense of the air filters needed to keep it running at a high efficiency rate. Air conditioning can be aided or degraded by the quality of the refrigerant, the effects of certain makes and models, and even the competence of the installers– which means considering what goes into the air conditioner is just as important as considering what comes out of it. And the prices of AC repair and other air conditioning services can vary based on the type and age of the machine you buy, which means looking for something based on more than just its price is important as well!

Don’t forget the heater

When many people think of heating and cooling systems, the heating part is often left out of the equation. Particularly here in North Carolina, where temperatures can get to almost 100 degrees, it’s easy to forget the importance of a quality heat pump or furnace, especially in the summer months. Most of us focus on air conditioning systems here in the South, because it stays so blazing hot for so long.

However, in much the same way a quality AC unit can increase energy savings in the summer months, a high efficiency heating system can cut an energy bill significantly in the winter months. The less work the heat pump (or heat pumps) have to do in order to keep the residence toasty warm, the more cost savings end up in your pocket. Higher efficiency models boast technology like smart thermostats that can ensure optimal air flow and indicate problems with the system without forcing you to do extensive leg work to find them yourself. Heating and cooling systems go hand in hand, and it’s important to remember that buying and spending time on only one component of the HVAC system can lead to increased problems for the other system. A well rounded HVAC system includes quality heating and cooling equipment, as well as an intact and well-performing ductwork system.

Reach out to trained technicians for help

Deciding on the right HVAC system for your home doesn’t have to be a blind leap of faith. Between searching for an air conditioning unit and assessing the ideal type of furnace for your home the hunt for a premier, top rated HVAC unit can be a bit intensive. While you have these tips to guide you, there’s nothing like having an experienced contractor or trained technician by your side to help you vet your new system, assess it, and get it installed and operating. That’s where we come in here at Superior Mechanical. As a heating and air conditioning repair company, we also specialize in HVAC installation and HVAC maintenance services, and we’re always here to shoulder the load of installation once you’ve narrowed down your choices for heating and cooling equipment. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your HVAC needs– including emergency service!

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