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Why Home Builders Are Letting Buyers Pick their Own HVAC

Advantages to Picking the HVAC System for Your New HomePicking HVAC for your new home

Building a new home is an expensive task. But to those who pursue the endeavor, it can give them a sense of control when it comes to the decision-making process and order over how they picture living life in their new home. Building new allows the buyers a chance to give input on the final details like counter tops, floor finishes, and more. If you are in the new house market you may have noticed a recent trend with builders letting the buyers pick their own HVAC system. Since an HVAC system is responsible for the comfort of your whole home, it’s a good thing to be involved in. Gone are the days when a contractor made all the decisions and buyers just filled in the blanks. Welcome to the world where the future homeowner is heard – even before the first hammer swings.

The Cost

Remember, the price of building a new home is on the mind of everyone involved. The contractor and homeowner both want to keep to a budget, but as we all know, unexpected things can happen and end up costing more. Buying an HVAC system is one of the big purchases you will need to make. If you are involved in picking exactly the type of system you want, you know you’ll stay within the budget you set. No need to pay for extra bells and whistles if that’s not what you are looking to buy. And if you decide to invest in a higher quality, high-efficiency model, or want to add on products like whole house humidifiers, air purifiers or UV lamps to your HVAC system, you know you will get exactly what you pay for. And remember, sometimes those little inexpensive HVAC add-ons can pay for themselves when it comes to reselling your home. 

Demand For High-Efficiency Units

Speaking of investments in your new home, the demand for investing in high-efficiency HVAC units is increasing. Not only do new homeowners want their home radiating warmth in the winter and pushing out refreshing cool air in the summer, but they also want to see lower energy bills in the process. This can be done with choosing fuel-efficient furnaces and air conditioners.

 

The US. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program tests and labels products – including HVAC units – that are deemed the best for the environment (and for your wallet) when it comes to energy efficiency. Carrier’s Infinity 98 modulating gas furnace with Greenspeed™ intelligence is top of the line when it comes to comfort, efficiency, and performance, and meets ENERGY STAR’s most efficient qualification. 

 

Remember that an HVAC unit is only as good as long as it get installed properly. To get the best performance ENERGYSTAR.gov recommends hiring a professional.

 

“In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent - costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment's life,” says the website.

Decide Before You Build

Whatever HVAC system you pick, make sure you choose before the building process starts. It will save you money in the long run if you make sure you have the right ductwork installed in the beginning, and that you choose a model that is powerful enough to reach all areas of the house. A heating professional can help you decide what’s best based on the blueprints for your space, and they may even suggest multiple systems depending on the size of the home. Many newer homes may be built with two or three furnace and air conditioning combos, use zoning to allow different temperatures for different areas of the home, or a combination of both for unsurpassed climate control in every room, says Keith Hill, manager, technical support, from Minnesota Air.

 

There have never been more options for the type of HVAC system you pick and there has never been more control for a new homebuyer. Do your research and talk to a professional to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck!

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