Is your HVAC system on the way out? If your system is over ten years old or if it has been breaking down a lot lately, it is time to start thinking about a replacement. 

When it comes to buying and installing a new HVAC system, there are many aspects to consider. It is always a good idea to ask questions to ensure that you know what your options are and that you get what you want. If you don’t know what questions to ask, let B&L Ott near Reading, Pennsylvania help you. Check out our question suggestions below! 

What Are My Options?

One of the most common types of HVAC systems is forced-air. It is a simple decision to choose the same type of system you have had in the past, however, you have plenty of other options to choose from. There are heat pumps, split systems, packaged systems, and more. It is worth taking these other options into consideration before you make your final decision. Compare prices, efficiency, and other features so you can be sure you make the right choice. 

What Size Do I Need?

Size is another important aspect you want to get right. If your system is too small, it will have to work overtime to warm or cool your Berks County home. On the other hand, if your system is too large, it will short cycle. This wastes energy and can offset the humidity levels in your home. Contact B&L Ott to do a load calculation for you so you can ensure you get the right size system. 

Do I Need To Address Humidity Levels?

Temperature isn’t the only aspect that will affect your comfort. If the air is too humid, sweat won’t evaporate off of your skin, leaving you feeling clammy and sticky. If the air is too dry, it can dry out your skin and leave it itchy. Check with your B&L Ott professional to see if you need help with the humidity levels in your home. 

Should I Consider Home Zoning?

Is the upper level of your Berks County home always much hotter than the lower level? Do you notice warm and cool spots in your home? If so, you will want to ask B&L Ott about home zoning. Home zoning divides your home into sections using dampers in the air ducts. They allow you to send conditioned air directly where you want it to go so you can be comfortable wherever you are. 

What Filter Should I Get?

The filter in your HVAC system can affect the efficiency of your system and the quality of the air in your Reading area home. You want to make sure you have the right type of filter for your HVAC system as well as the right MERV rating. Talk to a B&L Ott professional to help determine what filter you should get. 

What Will It Cost?

Your HVAC system is one of the largest home investments you will ever make. Some options cost more upfront but save you more over time with efficiency. Others are more affordable upfront, but won’t save you quite as much over time. It is a good idea to set a budget before you start looking. A B&L Ott technician can help you determine what the best options are within your budget.

Are There Any Special Offers or Rebates?

Sometimes you can find special offers or rebates to help you save even more on your HVAC system. It is always worth asking if any HVAC brands or contractors are offering special pricing. 

Are There Any Financing Options?

You will also want to ask about financing options to make paying off your system less stressful. You can find B&L Ott’s financing options here:

How Do I Properly Maintain My System?

Finally, once your new system is installed, you need to know how to properly maintain your system. Be sure you know how to clean your system and how often it needs to be cleaned. You should also find out if your HVAC contractor offers any service plans. For instance, B&L Ott offers biannual maintenance. Contact us to learn more. You can do so here: You can also call B&L Ott at 610-927-5133. If you have any other questions or concerns, one of our knowledgeable technicians would be happy to assist you.