The ACCA recently released a fantastic video overview and guide to home heating and air conditioning that gives consumers some extremely helpful tips as they think about maintenance and upgrades for their HVAC systems. If you find yourself in a position needing more information regarding a wide range of home heating and air conditioning needs, we highly recommend this video as your first stop.

The video talks about a few common precautions and “traps” that homeowners can find themselves in when being locked into a contract with a bad contractor. We’ve talked before on the blog about the value and worth of a good contractor. The video explains the importance of ACCA training and certification for contractors, which is something BelRed certainly understands and makes a high priority.

The informative video goes on to talk about common times when consumers are thinking about replacing and upgrading their heating and cooling systems. One great point the video makes regarding the “right” time for equipment replacement is the fact that being proactive and replacing a system before it dies can save a lot of hassle, stress, comfort and even money. If you have an old system and know it may be in its final years, you may want to seriously think about replacement now rather than risking a sudden shutoff.

Once you’ve made the decision to replace your old system, there are two main decisions left to be made. First, as mentioned above, it’s extremely important to do your research and find the right contractor for you. Pay attention to certifications and memberships (such as NATE certification or ACCA membership), overall knowledge and service offerings, testimonials from other consumers and even check for reviews online. Making an informed decision will ensure you’re making a safe and effective choice when it comes to your contractor, even if it means spending a few extra bucks up front.

Equally important, the video discusses steps to take to ensure you’re selecting the right equipment. The ACCA suggests sticking with a quality, recognized national brand name for heating and cooling equipment. All reputable large companies employ rigorous testing to make sure all equipment it manufactures and sells meets the highest industry standards. It’s important to know what equipment is best for your home, as it pertains to things such as square footage, home style and duct system design. Purchasing a system that is too small for your home can cause the equipment to always be on and working hard. Alternatively, purchasing a system that is too large can result in wasted utility money, uneven temperatures and poor moisture control.

Again, we highly recommend you take ten minutes to watch this video if you’re thinking about replacing your HVAC system in the near future. You’ll quickly gain knowledge and tips to help you make informed decisions. If you have any questions about the content of the video or anything else related to your heating and cooling needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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