Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Birmingham

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a significant investment and Norrell Service Experts knows that. However, when you look at your choices, there are a few essential questions that you need to answer in order to ensure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Birmingham area home. So let’s take a look at what you should understand about a new home comfort system.

What Precisely Makes Up A Heating & Air Conditioning System?

Your home’s Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, what Norrell Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually includes 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 products that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Birmingham 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 the colder months. Working together with the thermostat, these main components regulate your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a car, the home comfort system is the instrument 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. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will probably undergo 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.

Give Consideration To 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 that can make 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 se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then carefully walk you through all the options available that will meet those needs for you. When they're completed, you should have all the resources you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

How You Can Reduce Energy Usage And Save Money

A trustworthy home comfort company will also execute 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 reconciling your budget. For example, 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 increasingly helpful to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So truly consider your choice of 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 comparing Warranties and Guarantees from various Birmingham area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the businesses you may work with. Unfortunately, this industry (like others) have some unreliable or unethical representatives 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 when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to present 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 typically warrant defects in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Birmingham area, Norrell Service Experts 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 each month. We know that buying a new system is a big decision; 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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