Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Columbia

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new air and heating system is a major investment and Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning understands that. However, when you look at your choices, there are several essential questions that you need answers for in order to assure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Columbia area home. To that end, let’s outline what you should understand 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 Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, often 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 components that regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Columbia area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with 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 each 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 critical in that process. If the installation is conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is hampered significantly. 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 shotty. So it’s especially important to work with an HVAC contractor that can back-up their installation quality.

Look At All Possible Features And Options

There are a number of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose from. You’ll want to look into every option to ensure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption perfectly fit for your family’s comfort and health needs. A decent home comfort company will assist you in identifying 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 finished, you should have the knowledge 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 trustworthy 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 decide upon the proper type of equipment needed, they demonstrate the additional savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Uncovering hidden saving thru a reduction in household energy consumption are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when reconciling your budget. For example, if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with the extra money in your pocket? As the cost of energy continues to escalate, 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 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 intended 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 multiple Columbia area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. There are plenty of inexpensive, inexperienced HVAC service companies doing business today; they are the companies you will want to watch out for. A paper certificate does not amount to much if the issuing company is not around to honor it. The company should be viable enough to present you favorable financing so you can further leverage the financial investment with low, easy to manage monthly payments. The risk with many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In short, the manufacturer of the equipment will usually warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Columbia area, Midland Air 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. 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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