Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Richmond

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and A/C unit is a major investment and Eveready Service Experts recognizes that. As you explore your options, there are many essential questions that you need to answer in order to ensure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Richmond area home. To that end, let’s take a look at 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 Eveready Service Experts 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 parts that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Richmond area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the summer and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key components monitor your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a automobile, 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 critical in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is dramatically impacted. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. 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 number of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose from. You are best served by researching every option to ensure 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 good home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then carefully walk you through all the options available that will meet those needs for you. When they're finished, you should have all the resources you need to make a choice that fits your budget and satisfies your family’s needs.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

A trustworthy home comfort company will also undertake 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 conveniently map the additional savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Saving money each month thru energy reduction are important factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added 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 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 outside environment also benefits. So truly consider your choice of 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 evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from multiple Richmond area companies, carefully 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 help you if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to present you favorable financing so you can further leverage the financial investment with low, easy to manage monthly payments. The risk with too many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In short, 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 Richmond area, Eveready Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 804-548-4480 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system can save you energy and money every single 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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