Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Roanoke

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new furnace and air conditioning system is a substantial investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning recognizes that. However, when you look at your choices, there are a few important questions that you need to answer in order to reasonably guarantee you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Roanoke area home. So let’s examine 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”, often consists of 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 regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Roanoke area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps expel indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. Working together with the thermostat, these main components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, the home comfort system is the engine of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort every day.

Quality Installation Is The Key

The specs of your home dictate the choices available to you for a home comfort system. 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 dramatically impacted. 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 bad. So it’s especially important to work with a heating and air professional that can demonstrate their installation quality.

Look At All Possible 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 to ensure 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 good home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then carefully walk you through the best solutions that will meet those needs for you. When they're completed, 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 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 conveniently map 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 estimating your budget. Picture if you found $700 laying next to your furnace or A/C system 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. By the same token, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So really give some thought to 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 evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from various Roanoke area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. There are plenty of inexpensive, inexperienced HVAC service companies doing business today; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not help you 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 a lot of smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

To summarize, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Roanoke 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 can save you energy and money all year long. 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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