Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Charlotte

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and A/C unit is a significant investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning understands that. However, when you look at your choices, there are many essential questions that you need answered in order to reasonably guarantee you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Charlotte area home. To that end, let’s examine what you should learn about a new home comfort system.

What Exactly 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”, often consists of three major components:

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

In some Charlotte area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. Working together with the thermostat, these primary components regulate 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 year round.

Nothing Replaces The Quality Of Your Install

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 critical in that process. If the installation is conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s really important to work with a company that can prove their installation quality.

Give Consideration To All Possible Features And Options

There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You are best served by researching every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption ideal for the health and comfort of your family. A good home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then just walk you through the most sensible and affordable choices that will meet those needs for you. When they're completed, you should have all the resources you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

Reduce Energy Consumption

A reliable 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 demonstrate the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Energy-efficiency and utility savings are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when evaluating your budget. Imagine if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with the unexpected money? When energy costs go up, high-efficiency equipment becomes increasingly helpful to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, the outside environment also benefits. So carefully consider high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment intended to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Who Are You Dealing With?

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from multiple Charlotte area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the businesses you may work with. Unfortunately, this industry (like others) have some unreliable or unethical representatives out there; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not make much difference if the issuing company is not around to honor it. The company should be viable enough to present you reasonable financing with terms that fit your monthly budget. The risk with many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In summary, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Charlotte 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 every single month. Buying a new HVAC system is an important decision, so 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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