The Homeowner’s HVAC Buying Guide

Whether you are building a new home in Northbrook, Illinois or it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system, the choices may seem overwhelming. The following information meant to serve as a brief HVAC buying guide will provide basic information to help your decision.

Heating Systems

The most common type of heating system in the United States is the gas-fueled furnace. Furnaces are single stage, multi-stage, or modulating. A single stage furnace is the most affordable but is less efficient than a multi-stage furnace. Modulating furnaces are typically the most efficient and provide a constant temperature.

Heat pumps can be used to cool as well as heat your home. This option is a popular choice in milder climates but is not typically very inefficient in colder climates. If you purchase a heat pump for your Illinois home, you will likely have to use the furnace as well.

Cooling Systems

Central air is how conditioned air is distributed in most homes in America. It cools the entire home through the ductwork in your home. Heat pumps provide an efficient option for cooling. Ductless systems and window units use electricity to cool a smaller area. These can work well to improve energy efficiency by targeting specific rooms or areas. Evaporative coolers use outdoor air to cool rooms and are efficient in drier climates.

HVAC Efficiency

The efficiency of your HVAC system is an important factor to consider if you want to save on your utility bills throughout the year. Energy Star appliances can save you up to 30 percent on your bills. The type of system is also important considering your home size and the climate. While a heat pump would be inefficient in Illinois, it is a good choice for climates like Florida’s.

Call 847-562-5292 to speak with the experts at Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We have been providing service to the area since 1979. We fully understand the kinds of systems needed to weather the demands of the seasons in Illinois. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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