Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Grand Island

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a significant investment and McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning knows that. As you explore your options, there are many essential questions that you need answers for in order to assure you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Grand Island area home. So let’s outline what you should learn about a new home comfort system.

What Exactly Makes Up A Heating & Air Conditioning System?

Your home’s Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, what McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, often consists of three major components:

  1. The furnace, which facilitates heat and air movement
  2. The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and
  3. One or several components that control air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Grand Island 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 latter months of the year. 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 mechanism 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 extremely important in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is hampered significantly. 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 bad. So it’s really important to work with a heating and air professional that can demonstrate their installation quality.

Look At All Available Features And Options

There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You’ll want to look into every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption ideal for the health and comfort of your family. An ethical home comfort company will assist you in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply walk you through the best solutions 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 determine the proper type of equipment needed, they show how you can benefit from the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Saving money each month thru energy reduction are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is usually not factored when figuring out 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 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 build more efficient equipment, our climate 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.

Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from different Grand Island area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the businesses you may work with. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; its very important that you understand and verify any and all claims and the company’s health. A paper certificate does not amount to much if the issuing company is not around to honor it. The company should be viable enough to supply you with financing options that include manageable, 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 flaws in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Grand Island area, McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 308-210-4398 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system can 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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