Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Hillsborough

March 09, 2015

Buying a new air and heating system is a significant investment and Fras-Air/General Service Experts recognizes that. However, when you look at your choices, there are many fundamental questions that you need answers for in order to ensure you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Hillsborough area home. Now let’s outline 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 Fras-Air/General Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually is made up of 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 parts that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Hillsborough area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the summer and add outdoor heat in winter. In conjunction with the thermostat, these primary components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, the home comfort system is the instrument of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort year round.

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 critical 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 probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s especially important to work with a heating and air professional that can back-up their installation quality.

Look At All Available 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 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 se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply walk you through all the options available that will meet those needs for you. When they're finished, you should have everything you need to make a choice that fits your budget and satisfies your family’s needs.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

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 show how you can benefit from 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 often overlooked when estimating your budget. Think about it - 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 more and more beneficial to your family’s budget. By the same token, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, our climate 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 comparing Warranties and Guarantees from different Hillsborough area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the businesses you may work with. 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 help you if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to supply you with financing options that include manageable, monthly payments. 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 typically warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Hillsborough area, Fras-Air/General Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 908-448-2154 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system will save you energy and money all year long. Buying a new HVAC system is an important decision, so 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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