Choosing the Right HVAC System For Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

We know that buying heating and air conditioning systems is intimidating. It can be confusing due to the different rating systems and purchasing options. It might also be difficult to choose a contractor or know what questions to ask before buying.

That’s why we’ve compiled the infographic below to serve as a guide to help you find the best HVAC system for your home. It details the different HVAC rating systems — AFUE, SEER, and HSPF — cost considerations (including choosing a contractor), and purchasing options, so you can rest easy you’re making the right choice in your new unit.


Some points of note include:

  • The higher the efficiency rating of your system (SEER), the less energy it will consume
  • The higher the HSPF rating, the more efficient and cost effective your heat pump will be to run
  • Heating accounts for 35-50% of annual energy bills in colder parts of the country


What other things should homeowners consider when purchasing an HVAC unit? Share in the comments below!


12 thoughts on “Choosing the Right HVAC System For Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. Size is really important when you are talking about an HVAC system. You need to make sure that you have the appropriate style and size to fit the needs of your house. It might be more expensive at first, but it will pay off in the end.

    1. I should add that an Oversized hvac system is not what you want expecially if you live in a humid environment. While it cools faster it will not run long enough to pull the humidty out. It will also put stress on your system. a undersized system will run long and have a hard time bringing the temp down. Make sure your contractor does a ACCA Manual J load calculation and if someone sizes just solely on home area walk away from that job !

  2. Thank you for not only introducing a great info-graphic, but also explaining the terms that come with it. It’s easy to just assume that your readers can figure it out on their own, but I like my hand to be held! Anyway, my wife and I are in this process right now of finding the right HVAC system and this has been a great help so far. One of the things we want to look for in a contractor–from their previous work, and customer reviews–is how they handle pre-existing problems in our house. Sometimes it’s hard to know what problems ill arise, but knowing that we hire a contractor that can deal with that, without charging us extra, is a big deal for us. Thanks for the tips.

  3. I really appreciate this little diagram explaining how to choose the right HVAC system for someones home. My wife and I just moved into our first home, and we are now looking to purchase one of these systems. And this website was really helpful to me in understand what things I need to look for. So thanks a ton for this, I’ll make sure I refer to this as I keep looking for one.

  4. Thanks for sharing this infographic on getting the right HVAC system for your home. It is definitely nice that you can pick out so many different aspects of the system in the first place. In my opinion, it would be a good idea for me to get a system with a high HSPF rating. That way, I know that I am not wasting energy and money with the system.

  5. I really need to get a new HVAC unit for my home. Mine has worn out and just isn’t working anymore. It would be really good to consider these things that are on your infographic here. Considering things like price and long-run investment are really helpful, especially since it is easy to forget things like maintenance. Thank you for the great post!

  6. These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to consider whether you want to save money up front or over time. My wife and I just moved into a different house, and we need to have a heating system installed. We’ll definitely look into getting a more expensive unit that will save us money over time. Thanks for the great post!

  7. I think that you brought up some good questions to ask before buying an HVAC system. First off, you have to determine how big of a system you need. If you choose a good contractor, though, they will help make all of this become a much easier process.

  8. The infographic you shared was very informative and showed a great representation of how to choose the right HVAC system. If I was going to be choosing a new one, I would want one that is efficient and cost effective. This way, I can get the most out of my purchase.

  9. Thanks for sharing some great questions to ask before buying an HVAC unit! It really is a hard decision, so knowing what to look for and what to ask will help you all that much more find the right unit for your home at the price you need it to be. Specifically, though, you talk about how you should ask what type of contractor you want to assist you, which will not only help you find the right HVAC system, but it will ensure that you find the right help to make sure it gets put in correctly, too. This will save time, money and stress and ensure that your system is functioning and efficient. Thank you for sharing!

  10. I’m a big believer in good energy efficient systems. Yeah, the newer stuff like this may be more expensive, but in the long run, you save money on the bills. I didn’t realize that cooling was generally more energy consuming than heating, but I think that’s because we have states that stay pretty warm in the winter. I think with the new technologies coming out, I bet it goes down in the next 20 years.

  11. That’s not too surprising that 50% of the energy bills are dedicated to cooling in the warmer regions. But at the same time, that’s a lot of energy. I imagine having an up-to-date system plays a huge factor in saving money.

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