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

March 09, 2015

Buying a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and Rolf Griffin Service Experts understands that. However, when you look at your choices, there are many important 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 examine what you should learn 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 refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually includes 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 instrument of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort every day.

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 essential in that process. If the installation is unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is dramatically impacted. 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 an HVAC contractor that can ”walk the talk” relating to their installation quality.

Give Consideration To All Available Features And Options

There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You should always think about 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 done, you should have everything 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 reputable 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 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 estimating 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? As energy costs rise in the future, high-efficiency equipment becomes more and more beneficial to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce 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 designed to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from various Fort Wayne area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; 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 a lot of smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In summary, 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 Fort Wayne area, Rolf Griffin Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 260-557-1275 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system could 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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