Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Columbus

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning appreciates that. But, when you consider your options, there are many essential questions that you need to answer in order to ensure you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Columbus area home. To that end, 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually includes three major components:

  1. The furnace, which facilitates heat and air movement
  2. The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and
  3. One or several components that governs 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 primary components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a car, the home comfort system is the instrument of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort every day.

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 level is dramatically impacted. Irregardless of how much you spent, 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 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 choose from. You should always think about every option that can make your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption ideal for the health and comfort of your family. A decent home comfort company will assist you in identifying 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 finished, 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 credible 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 usually not factored when estimating your budget. For example, if you can save $700 per year in utility costs with your new home comfort system, what would you do with this new found money? As energy costs rise in the future, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So truly consider your choice of high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment designed 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, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial health, 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 solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

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

A new furnace or air conditioning system could save you energy and money each month. 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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