Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Charleston

March 09, 2015

Buying a new furnace and air conditioning system is a significant investment and Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning recognizes that. However, when you look at your choices, there are several fundamental questions that you need answered in order to ensure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Charleston area home. To that end, let’s examine what you should learn 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 Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, typically is made up of three major components:

  1. The furnace, which creates heat and air movement
  2. The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and
  3. One or several products that regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Charleston 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 winter. Working together with the thermostat, these primary components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, the home comfort system is the mechanism of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort every day.

The Real Key Is Quality Installation

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 dramatically impacted. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will suffer from frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a heating and air professional that can back-up their installation quality.

Look At All Possible Features And Options

There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to pick from. You’ll want to look into every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption ideal for the health and comfort of your family. A decent 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 done, you should have the knowledge you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

Reduce Energy Consumption

A trustworthy home comfort company will also perform 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 demonstrate the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Energy-efficiency and utility savings are big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added when estimating your budget. For example, if you can save $700 per year in utility costs with your new home comfort system, what would you do with the unexpected money? When energy costs go up, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment 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 conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from different Charleston area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not matter too much if the issuing company is not around to honor it. The company should be viable enough to supply you reasonable financing with terms that fit your monthly budget. The risk with many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

To summarize, the manufacturer of the equipment will usually warrant defects in the equipment, but the installing company alone guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Charleston area, Pardee 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. 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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