Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Houston

March 09, 2015

Buying a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning knows that. But, when you consider your options, there are many essential questions that you need to answer in order to ensure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Houston area home. Now let’s outline 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 embodies 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 parts that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Houston area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. Operating via the thermostat, these key components regulate your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a car, the home comfort system is the mechanism of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort year round.

Quality Installation Is The Key

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 extremely important in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. 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 shotty. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a heating and air professional that can prove 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 are best served by researching 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. An ethical home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply 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.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

A reliable home comfort company will also undertake what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation and an energy-efficiency analysis on your home. These calculations not only help you figure out the proper type of equipment needed, they demonstrate the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Uncovering hidden saving thru a reduction in household energy consumption are important factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added when evaluating your budget. For example, if you found $700 laying next to your furnace or A/C system each year, what would you do with the extra money in your pocket? When energy costs go up, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers move toward making more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So there is plenty to think about when it comes to 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 conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from multiple Houston area companies, carefully 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 help you 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 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 flaws in the equipment, but the installing company alone guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Houston area, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call (713) 352-7887 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.

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