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Selecting The Right HVAC System For Your Home

By on Apr 1, 2016
Selecting The Right HVAC System For Your Home

There are many different factors to consider when it comes to selecting the right HVAC system for your home. Maybe you’re happy with any HVAC system that falls within your price range, but maybe you’re looking for something specific to fit your needs or the needs of your family.

Are you unsure which HVAC systems are best for your basement and which are best for your attic? Are you worried your HVAC system will impact allergies? Are you interested in one that is energy efficient? Are you concerned about the size of the HVAC system? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here’s some guidance that may lead you in the right direction!


Basements are typically known for being the coldest room in the house. Along with that, they usually come with a decent amount of space, one of the reasons why HVAC systems are commonly found in the basement.

To select the right HVAC system for your basement, you should test your basement’s comfort levels. A thermometer that can read both temperature and humidity is perfect for this. You’ll also need to take into consideration the type of basement you have. Some basements have windows and exits and some don’t. All of these factors play a role in temperature and humidity. If your basement is one with no exits to the outside, then the temperature is going to be more comfortable. While it’s easier for a basement to remain at a comfortable temperature when there aren’t any exits, where you live also plays a role. Homes in warm states may need more AC and homes in cold states may need more heating.

Your selection is most likely going to depend on what your temperature and humidity reads. You can either install a different unit or just expand your existing one into the basement by using registers, the pieces that resemble grills in which the air flows from. In order to do either, you’ll need new ductwork. If your humidity level is off, which isn’t uncommon for basements, you can select a system with a dehumidifier.


If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, it’s best to choose a system that can go in the attic rather than the basement. HVAC installation in the attic is slightly different than installation anywhere else. Depending on the size of your attic, an HVAC system can be installed by being suspended from the floor joists.

In order to select the right system for an attic, you must consider a shock absorber, such as a heavy rubber pad, being that the system will be above your ceilings. Another thing to take into consideration is the drip overflow pan. Every HVAC system that goes into an attic should have one to prevent leaks. You must also have the proper drain systems. The drain must face downwards and it must be isolated from any walkways. If your attic cannot accommodate this, having an HVAC system in your attic isn’t right for you.


When it comes to allergies or another type of upper respiratory or medical condition, it’s important to consider the type of HVAC system you’re going to be living with. It’s extremely common for dust particles to occupy forced air heating systems and it’s especially noticeable when they’re turned on in the beginning of the season.

A common choice for those suffering with allergies, asthma or another related condition is a system with a high level of filtration. High filtration helps to maintain the quality of the air that is circulating around your home, which will help to keep you and your family healthy.

Energy Efficiency

If your HVAC system is well over 10 years old and not providing the proper comfort for you and your family, then selecting a new and improved energy-efficient HVAC system is the way to go. An energy-efficient HVAC system is a double win. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s also wallet friendly. Since less energy is being used, you’ll be paying less money when your electric bill comes around.


Too Large

Making sure the HVAC system you select is the right size for your home will help to keep your energy bills low and save energy as a whole. If you’re unsure what size will best fit your home, ask an HVAC technician or the designer of that system.

If the size of your home isn’t compatible with the size of the HVAC system, you can be left feeling uncomfortable in your own home, this depends on the total square footage of your home.

A unit that is too large can tire out. This is because having too large of a heating capacity can cause the system to constantly turn on and off, decreasing the overall efficiency and causing the moving parts to move more than needed.

Too Small

Many homeowners have been increasing their space and the existing HVAC system may not be big enough to handle it. The new space may have different needs and a split HVAC system may be the solution to this problem. A split HVAC system works by transferring refrigerant from one system to the other.


While weighing your HVAC system options, it’s important to look at your own personal conditions first. This includes the size of your home, the people living inside your home, your budget, the area in which you live and your interest in the environment. These factors change for every individual and family. That’s why it’s important to consider them all before selecting the right HVAC system for your home.

It’s all about learning what your options are and choosing the one that suits you and your family best. An HVAC system’s lifespan is long, so make sure you’re spending your time and money on the right one! So whether you’re in need of a certain size, a good filtration system, a dehumidifier, a split HVAC system or anything else, contact a professional to see what exact system is right for you.

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