When you are in the market for a new HVAC system, the options can be overwhelming, especially when upfront and long-term costs and efficiency are at the top of your list. In addition to selecting the right system, there are other strategies that can improve both your heating and cooling.

Install A Multi-Stage System

In many regions, you may experience extreme heat and/or cold during the year. This excess burden on your HVAC system can force you to use more energy than is necessary and also shorten the lifespan of your system. Multi-stage systems come with two or more stages for your air conditioning and heat. When the temperature is warm or cool, you can opt to place your system on a lower stage so it does not use as much energy while keeping your home comfortable. In extreme cold or heat, placing your system on a higher stage increases the energy and demand on your system to keep up with the extreme temperature. In contrast, a single-stage system will simply run at full power until you turn it off.

Consider Backup Heating

You can buy the best furnace on the market, but there are other variables that can affect comfort in your home, such as the layout or the age of your home. If you have harsh winters and often find there are cold spots in certain places in your house, consider adding an extra heating method. Ideally, you can have radiant floor heating installed because it will best compliment your heating system. Since heat rises, it can take a while for your heating system to make the entire home comfortable and the floor may quickly become cold again. With radiant floor heating, you can take some of the burden off your heating system by heating from both the floor up and the ceiling down. Additionally, you can focus radiant floor heating in specific areas that are especially difficult to heat, such as the basement.

Discuss Humidity

Humidity control is a critical part of your HVAC system that may go unnoticed. When you are looking for a new system or want to modify your current system, find ways to gain more control over the humidity inside your home. When you live in areas with high humidity and extreme heat, you may feel like your air conditioner is not doing a good job, but the real problem might be humidity. Your HVAC technician might recommend a separate humidity control system that allows you more regulation of humidity levels inside your home. Conversely, living in a drier area that experiences cold winters can make the environment uncomfortable when your heating system is in use. Although a good HVAC system will regulate humidity, it may not be enough in extreme conditions.

Making improvements to your heating and cooling can be a matter of installing a better system or adding components that make your system work more efficiently. For more information, contact your local HVAC installation services