Just because an HVAC system is solar-ready, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to make a few considerations first. Moreover, just because an HVAC unit is solar-ready, it doesn’t mean that it is completely energy efficient. In addition, if it is only solar-ready, how much money do you have to make it solar-active? These questions are crucial when you are purchasing a solar energy system or equipment, because if you make the wrong choice, or if you purchase the wrong system for your home, it could be a big waste of time and money. Here are five things to consider when purchasing solar-ready HVAC equipment.
- How much maintenance does your system need? Some solar-ready HVAC systems need a lot of maintenance. For instance, every few months or so, you need to clean the photovoltaic cells. However, some HVAC equipment requires special cleaners that could cost more money. Not only that, but some equipment could require you to hire a specialized service to clean your solar equipment for you. When it comes down to it, some solar powered HVAC systems are delicate and need special attention, so if you are looking for something more cost effective, you may want to go with something that is a little bit more low maintenance.
- Should I go high end or middle end? Some higher end companies will manufacture solar powered HVAC equipment and place a premium on the product. The truth, however, is that the unit is usually just as good as the lower price point HVAC equipment. So, when you are browsing through HVAC equipment, make sure not to get swayed by fancy titles and labels. Not only that, but some HVAC specialists may sway you to go higher end, but in most cases you don’t need to.
- Is the HVAC equipment used or revamped? Some HVAC equipment is revamped or retooled and then labeled as new. Technically, it doesn’t really matter with some equipment, but you do want to know where it came from and why it was removed – if it was removed from a previous house. Not only that, but you want to know that it has gone through the same tests as other solar-ready HVAC equipment. Just like handling handling plumbing emergencies is frustrating, so can handling HVAC emergencies, especially when its blazing hot outside and you need air conditioning.
- How efficient is the HVAC equipment? You can easily purchase HVAC equipment, but if it isn’t as efficient as other HVAC units or equipment, you may be wasting your time. So, make sure that you ask lots of questions about the efficiency, because you don’t want to end up wasting your time and money.
- What is the SEER rating? The SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is basically a quantifiable measure as to how energy efficient your HVAC system is. However, it isn’t exactly how energy efficient your unit is, it is more about how efficient it is in different seasons. So, when you are purchasing an HVAC system, make sure to ask what the SEER rating is. If there is none, perhaps you should keep looking.