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

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and McElroy Service Experts knows that. As you explore your options, there are several 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 understand 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 refers to as the “home comfort system”, typically 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 in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key 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

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 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 suffer from frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a heating and air professional that can demonstrate 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’ll want to look into every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption exactly the way you desire for your family’s lifestyle and health needs. An ethical home comfort company will help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then carefully walk you through the best solutions that will meet those needs for you. When they're done, you should have the knowledge you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

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 determine the proper type of equipment needed, they demonstrate 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 often overlooked 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 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. 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.

Who Are You Dealing With?

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from different Grand Island area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. 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 to honor it. 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.

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

Getting Started

If you live in the Grand Island area, McElroy Service Experts 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 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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