Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Tempe

March 09, 2015

Buying a new air and heating system is a significant investment and Bob Brown Service Experts appreciates that. As you explore your options, there are a few fundamental questions that you need to answer in order to ensure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Tempe area home. So let’s examine 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 Bob Brown Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, often consists 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 regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Tempe area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps expel indoor heat in the hot months 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 engine 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 extremely important in that process. If the installation is conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will suffer from frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s really important to work with a company that can demonstrate their installation quality.

Look At All Possible Features And Options

There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to pick from. You should always think about every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption ideal for the health and comfort of your family. A good home comfort company will se a consultative approach in identifying 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 completed, 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 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 determine the proper type of equipment needed, they demonstrate the additional 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 typically not added 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 this new found money? As energy costs rise in the future, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. By the same token, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers move toward making more efficient equipment, the outdoor 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 Tempe area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the company you are dealing 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 offer 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.

To summarize, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company alone guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Tempe area, Bob Brown Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 623-243-4517 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system could save you energy and money each 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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