Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Saint Charles

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a significant investment and Golden Seal Service Experts understands that. However, when you look at your choices, there are a few important questions that you need to answer in order to reasonably guarantee you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Saint Charles area home. So let’s examine what you should be familiar with 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 Golden Seal Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly embodies 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 products that control air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Saint Charles area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps expel indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with the thermostat, these main components monitor your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a automobile, the home comfort system is the mechanism of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort year round.

Quality Installation Is The Key

Picking the right equipment for your home depends upon the size of the home itself. The quality of the installation is critical 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 probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s really important to work with a heating and air professional that can demonstrate their installation quality.

Think About All Potential Features And Options

There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose from. You are best served by researching 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 good home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then carefully walk you through the most sensible and affordable choices that will meet those needs for you. When they're completed, you should have everything you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

Reduce Energy Consumption

A credible 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 decide upon 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 big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added when reconciling 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 this new found money? As the cost of energy continues to escalate, high-efficiency equipment becomes increasingly helpful 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 developed to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Will The Company Be Able To Honor Your Warranty?

When comparing Warranties and Guarantees from multiple Saint Charles area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. Unfortunately, this industry (like others) have some unreliable or unethical representatives out there; they are the companies you will want to watch out for. A paper certificate does not make much difference if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to present 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.

In short, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Saint Charles area, Golden Seal Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 630-246-2698 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system could save you energy and money each 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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