Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Houston

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new air and heating system is a substantial investment and Church Services appreciates that. However, when you look at your choices, there are many fundamental questions that you need answers for in order to reasonably guarantee you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Houston area home. So 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 Church Services refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly embodies 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 products that control air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Houston area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the May – September time-period 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 critical in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is dramatically impacted. 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 really important to work with a heating and air professional 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 pick from. You’ll want to look into every option to ensure 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 se a consultative approach 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 finished, you should have all the resources you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

Reduce Energy Consumption

A reliable 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 conveniently map the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Uncovering hidden saving thru a reduction in household energy consumption are important factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added 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 more and more beneficial to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, the outside environment also benefits. So there is plenty to think about when it comes to high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment designed to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter

When comparing Warranties and Guarantees from various Houston area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. There are plenty of inexpensive, inexperienced HVAC service companies doing business today; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not help you if the issuing company is not around to honor it. The company should be viable enough to offer 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 typically warrant defects in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Houston area, Church Services 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. 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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