Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Birmingham

March 09, 2015

Buying a new furnace and air conditioning 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 an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Birmingham area home. To that end, let’s examine what you should learn 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 parts that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Birmingham area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps expel 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 truck, the home comfort system is the instrument of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort year round.

Nothing Replaces The Quality Of Your Install

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 probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a heating and air professional that can demonstrate their installation quality.

Look At All Possible Features And Options

There are a myriad of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to pick from. You should always think about every option to ensure 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 simply walk you through the most sensible and affordable choices that will meet those needs for you. When they're completed, you should have all the resources you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

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 help you figure out 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 often overlooked when reconciling your budget. For example, if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with this new found money? 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 build more efficient equipment, our climate 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.

Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter

When comparing Warranties and Guarantees from various Birmingham area companies, seriously 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 matter too much if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to present 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 summary, the manufacturer of the equipment will commonly warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company alone 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 205-267-0023 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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