Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Raleigh

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new furnace and A/C unit is a major investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning appreciates that. As you explore your options, there are several essential questions that you need answered in order to reasonably guarantee you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Raleigh area home. To that end, let’s examine what you should learn about a new home comfort system.

What Precisely Makes Up A Heating & Air Conditioning System?

Your home’s Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, what Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually consists of three major components:

  1. The furnace, which creates heat and air movement
  2. The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and
  3. One or several parts that regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Raleigh area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps expel indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key components regulate your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a automobile, the home comfort system is the mechanism of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort each day.

The Real Key Is Quality Installation

A new home comfort system must be sized and measured correctly for your specific home in order to determine the selection of equipment and options that can be properly installed. The quality of the installation is essential in that process. If the installation is conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is hampered significantly. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will suffer from frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s really important to work with an HVAC contractor that can ”walk the talk” relating to their installation quality.

Look At All Potential Features And Options

There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You should always think about every option to ensure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption perfectly fit for your family’s comfort and health needs. An ethical home comfort company will se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply walk you through the most sensible and affordable choices that will meet those needs for you. When they're done, you should have the knowledge you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

A reliable home comfort company will also perform what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation and an energy-efficiency analysis on your home. These calculations not only decide upon the proper type of equipment needed, they conveniently map the extra savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Energy-efficiency and utility savings are important factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added when reconciling your budget. Picture if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with the extra money in your pocket? As the cost of energy continues to escalate, high-efficiency equipment becomes increasingly helpful to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So carefully consider high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment designed to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Will The Company Be Able To Honor Your Warranty?

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from different Raleigh area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not amount to much if the issuing company is not around tomorrow and you’re stuck with a poorly installed, malfunctioning system. The company should be viable enough to supply you reasonable financing with terms that fit your monthly budget. The risk with too many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In short, the manufacturer of the equipment will commonly warrant defects in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Raleigh area, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 919-578-4329 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system will save you energy and money all year long. We know that buying a new system is a big decision; we hope this information has helped you understand the buying process and what to watch out for as you move through it.

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