Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Albany

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning understands that. As you explore your options, there are many important questions that you need answers for in order to ensure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Albany area home. To that end, let’s take a look at 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 Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 products that control air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Albany 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 winter. In conjunction with the thermostat, these primary components regulate 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

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 critical in that process. If the installation is unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was shotty. So it’s really important to work with an HVAC contractor that can ”walk the talk” relating to their installation quality.

Think About All Available Features And Options

There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select 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 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 the knowledge you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

Reduce Energy Consumption

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 help you figure out the proper type of equipment needed, they conveniently map the added 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 usually not factored when evaluating your budget. For example, if you found $700 laying next to your furnace or A/C system each year, what would you do with the extra money in your pocket? When energy costs go up, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Equally important, 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.

Will The Company Be Able To Honor Your Warranty?

When comparing Warranties and Guarantees from multiple Albany area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. There are plenty of inexpensive, inexperienced HVAC service companies doing business today; its very important that you understand and verify any and all claims and the company’s health. A paper certificate does not matter too much if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to present 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.

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

Getting Started

If you live in the Albany area, Roland J. Down 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 every single month. 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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