Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in La Porte

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a substantial investment and Finch Air Conditioning & Heating understands that. But, when you consider your options, there are many fundamental questions that you need to answer in order to assure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your La Porte area home. To that end, let’s outline what you should learn 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 Finch Air Conditioning & Heating refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually includes 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 components that control air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some La Porte area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the summer and add outdoor heat in winter. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key components monitor 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.

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 extremely important in that process. If the installation is unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is hampered significantly. No matter how much you spend, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was shotty. So it’s really important to work with a heating and air professional that can prove their installation quality.

Think About 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 se a consultative approach 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 done, you should have the knowledge you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

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 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 usually not factored when estimating your budget. For example, if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with this new found money? As energy costs rise in the future, high-efficiency equipment becomes more and more beneficial to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers move toward making more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So really give some thought to high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment developed 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 various La Porte area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the businesses you may work with. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; they are the companies you will want to watch out for. A paper certificate does not matter too much if the issuing company is not around tomorrow and you’re stuck with a poorly installed, malfunctioning system. The company should be viable enough to offer you favorable financing so you can further leverage the financial investment with low, easy to manage monthly payments. The risk with a lot of smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In summary, the manufacturer of the equipment will commonly warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the La Porte area, Finch Air Conditioning & Heating can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 281-407-9478 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system will save you energy and money every single 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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