Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Buffalo

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new furnace and A/C unit is a major investment and Sunbeam Service Experts recognizes that. But, when you consider your options, there are several essential questions that you need answered in order to ensure you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Buffalo area home. So let’s outline 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 Sunbeam Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, often embodies 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 Buffalo area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in winter. Working together with the thermostat, these key components control 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 each day.

Nothing Replaces The Quality Of Your Install

Picking the right equipment for your home depends upon the size of the home itself. The quality of the installation is extremely important in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is hampered significantly. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a company that can back-up their installation quality.

Think About All Possible Features And Options

There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You are best served by researching every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption perfectly fit for your family’s comfort and health needs. A decent home comfort company will assist you in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then just 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 make a choice that fits your budget and satisfies your family’s needs.

Reduce Energy Consumption

A credible 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 extra 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. Think about it - if you can save $700 per year in utility costs with your new home comfort system, what would you do with the unexpected money? As the cost of energy continues to escalate, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So really give some thought to high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment intended to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Will The Company Be Able To Honor Your Warranty?

When evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from different Buffalo area companies, strongly 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 make much difference if the issuing company is not around tomorrow and you’re stuck with a poorly installed, malfunctioning system. The company should be viable enough to supply 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 summary, the manufacturer of the equipment will commonly warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Buffalo area, Sunbeam Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 716-427-6807 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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