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

March 09, 2015

Buying a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc understands that. But, when you consider your options, there are many fundamental questions that you need answers for in order to ensure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your La Porte 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 Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc 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 hot months and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, 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 poor, 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 absolutely critical to work with a heating and air professional that can prove their installation quality.

Think About All Available Features And Options

There are a number of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You should always think about 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 reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

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 help you figure out the proper type of equipment needed, they demonstrate the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Saving money each month thru energy reduction are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when estimating 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 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, the outdoor environment also benefits. So there is plenty to think about when it comes 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 health, history and longevity of the company you are dealing 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 amount to much if the issuing company is not around to honor it. 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 many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In summary, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically 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 Inc 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 will save you energy and money each 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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