Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Fort Wayne

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a significant investment and Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning understands that. As you explore your options, there are many fundamental questions that you need answered in order to reasonably guarantee you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Fort Wayne area home. To that end, let’s take a look at what you should understand about a new home comfort system.

What Precisely Makes Up A Heating & Air Conditioning System?

Your home’s Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, what Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually 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 components that regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Fort Wayne area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in winter. In conjunction with the thermostat, these main components regulate your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a car, the home comfort system is the engine of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort year round.

Quality Installation Is The Key

A new home comfort system must be sized and measured correctly for your specific home in order to determine the selection of equipment and options that can be properly installed. The quality of the installation is essential in that process. If the installation is unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. No matter how much you spend, the equipment will suffer from frequent repair problems in the future if the install was shotty. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a company that can ”walk the talk” relating to their installation quality.

Look At All Possible Features And Options

There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose from. You’ll want to look into every option that can make your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption exactly the way you desire for your family’s lifestyle and health needs. A decent 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 finished, you should have all the resources you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

How You Can Reduce Energy Usage And Save Money

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 help you figure out the proper type of equipment needed, they show how you can benefit from the additional 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 typically not added when figuring out your budget. Think about it - if you found $700 laying next to your furnace or A/C system each year, what would you do with the unexpected money? When energy costs go up, 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 outside 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 Fort Wayne area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. There are plenty of inexpensive, inexperienced HVAC service companies doing business today; buyer beware. 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 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.

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

Getting Started

If you live in the Fort Wayne area, Rolf Griffin 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 all year long. 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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