Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a significant investment and Stevenson Service Experts appreciates that. But, when you consider your options, there are several essential questions that you need answers for in order to assure you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Columbus area home. So let’s take a look at what you should be familiar with about a new home comfort system.
What Specifically Makes Up A Heating & Air Conditioning System?
Your home’s Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, what Stevenson Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually is made up of three major components:
- The furnace, which provides heat and air movement
- The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and
- One or several components that regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home
In some Columbus area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. Working together with the thermostat, these key components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, the home comfort system is the instrument of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort year round.
Nothing Replaces The Quality Of Your Install
Picking the right equipment for your home depends upon the size of the home itself. The quality of the installation is extremely important in that process. If the installation is conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s really important to work with an HVAC contractor that can back-up their installation quality.
Think About All Potential Features And Options
There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You’ll want to look into every option that can make your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption exactly the way you desire for your family’s lifestyle and health needs. A decent home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then just walk you through all the options available that will meet those needs for you. When they're done, you should have all the resources you need to make a choice that fits your budget and satisfies your family’s needs.
How You Can Reduce Energy Usage And Save Money
A reputable home comfort company will also execute what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation and an energy-efficiency analysis on your home. These calculations not only determine the proper type of equipment needed, they show how you can benefit from the additional savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.
Saving money each month thru energy reduction are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when figuring out your budget. For example, if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with this new found money? When energy costs go up, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So truly consider your choice of high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment developed to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.
Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter
When evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from various Columbus area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. Unfortunately, this industry (like others) have some unreliable or unethical representatives out there; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not matter too much if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to supply you with financing options that include manageable, monthly payments. The risk with too many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.
In summary, the manufacturer of the equipment will commonly warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company alone guarantees the installation work.
If you live in the Columbus area, Stevenson Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 614-334-3192 and we will be happy to assist you.
A new furnace or air conditioning system could save you energy and money every single month. Although it’s a big decision to get a new system, we hope this information has helped you understand the buying process and what to watch out for as you move through it.