What You Need to Know When Researching a New HVAC System

Home maintenance is one of the most important aspects of taking proper care of your home, and heating, air-conditioning, and plumbing is a big part of it.

Before you invest in a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System – HVAC for short – it’s wise to do your own research. This can help you to select the right system for your home and your needs.

While many factors come into play, here are some valuable points to keep in mind when researching a new HVAC system:

Energy Rating

The energy star rating and the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating are some of the popular energy ratings to show you the efficiency of the HVAC system, so look for the higher ratings.

To further increase efficiency, proper insulation goes a long way, and installing energy-efficient lights everywhere drastically reduces the level of heat in your house. This will ensure your HVAC system has less workload and smoother running.

Size and Type

It’s important to know what kind of HVAC system you want installed for the square footage of your home. A reputable HVAC contractor will come to your home to properly measure everything and to evaluate existing ductwork, piping, etc. before giving you an estimate.

Size inconsistencies are a common challenge – your system can be too big for your house, or too small to regulate the temperature in your space. An HVAC system that is optimal for your house will increase efficiency and be economical, so take steps to plan accordingly to ensure the size is appropriate before purchasing an HVAC system.

A professional can recommend a suitable system based on the size of your house and your needs.


It makes sense to invest in a semi-automated or a fully automated HVAC system – automatically programmable functions will turn on the system only when necessary, and an automatically adjustable thermostat will regulate heat according to the surroundings. This will save you from the hassles of manual adjustment, and save you energy, and, therefore, money, as you go.

HVAC Vendor

Hiring skilled HVAC professionals for your new HVAC system is crucial – they can ensure that your system is properly sized, and installed correctly, according to manufactures specifications. Improperly designed systems can cause an array of problems, so choose an HVAC vendor who is experienced and highly professional.


Even if you select the most energy-efficient system, it won’t matter much if it’s not properly maintained. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system is paramount from the get-go to make sure your system runs efficiently throughout the year.  Annual maintenance also helps to protect your investment, as it can significantly extend the life of your new system.

Any amount of knowledge you can gather on different HVAC systems will allow you to do a better analysis, comparison and planning, and ultimately make an educated decision. Taking into consideration these factors should make it easier to find the right system and the right vendor.

What are the benefits of working with UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing and the values we provide?

Our exceptional team of HVAC contractors and technicians is ready to make sure your home is safe and comfortable, by delivering solutions that meet your needs. We are always available – contact us 24/7. Our employees are not only proficient and friendly; they are also drug-tested and background-checked so you can be comfortable welcoming them into your home.

Safety is our highest priority, and all of our technicians and installers receive continuing training on new technologies and manufacturers’ specifications.

Our HVAC contractors will make sure your new heating, cooling, or plumbing system is properly sized and installed to run more efficiently, potentially saving you significantly on both your upfront expenses and energy bills in the future. If you choose us, you are choosing to be a satisfied customer, like thousands of others happy customers.


Rely on UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for all of your whole-home HVAC needs in Lancaster, PA, Reading, PA, Harrisburg, PA, and the Lehigh Valley, PA.

We invite you to contact us for more information on HVAC systems and installation and to make an appointment today.

6 Responses to What You Need to Know When Researching a New HVAC System

  1. Erika Brady March 22, 2019 at 11:25 pm #

    Thanks for explaining how it’s important to find a heating and air conditioning system that is the right size and type for your home so that it can properly regulate the temperature. When figuring out what to get, it might be a good idea to work with a local HVAC contractor. Working with a professional could help you determine the right size and type to get so that the system will work the way you want.

  2. Thomas Jameson June 3, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

    It’s good to know that it’s important to hire skilled HVAC professionals to install your new system. My brother wants to get a new AC system, but he lacks the knowledge and equipment to install it. I’ll pass this information along to him so that he can look further into his options for AC contractors.

  3. Dean Phillips June 5, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

    You made a great point when you said that the most energy-efficient system won’t matter if it’s not properly maintained. My father has been in the process of renovating his house so that he can raise its value and sell it for a profit. He wants to replace his current heater, so he should probably call a professional to go and do that for him.

  4. Eli Richardson August 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

    My Godmother opened her own business, and she asked me to help her find an HVAC for her facility. It was helpful you stated that a professional can ensure that your system is properly sized, and installed correctly. I’ll search for a local commercial HVAC company that can help us with the right size of the unit my Godmother needs.

  5. Mindy Jollie August 6, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

    I like what you said about finding an automated system that will work with thermostats or other technology that allows you to control the temperature in your home. My husband and I have been dealing with terrible heat issues in our house this summer because of a broken AC system. We’ll have to find someone to install a new air conditioning unit so we can be cool again!

  6. Rosie Beckett June 15, 2020 at 6:42 pm #

    Sleeping on the top floor of my three-story home is often uncomfortably hot in the summer, and I am thinking it might be time to get my air conditioning system replaced. It is interesting that you talk about choosing a system is important, but it’s just as important to have a good maintenance plan. I will make sure to look for a qualified HVAC contractor in my area who can keep my air conditioner in great shape after I buy it.

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