Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Gaithersburg

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a significant investment and Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning knows that. However, when you look at your choices, there are many important questions that you need answered in order to ensure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Gaithersburg area home. So let’s outline what you should be familiar with 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 Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly includes three major components:

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

In some Gaithersburg area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in winter. Working together with the thermostat, these key components regulate your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a automobile, the home comfort system is the instrument of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort each day.

Nothing Replaces The Quality Of Your Install

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 conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s absolutely critical to work with an HVAC contractor that can prove 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 select from. You’ll want to look into every option to ensure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption ideal for the health and comfort of your family. 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 everything you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

How You Can Reduce Energy Usage And Save Money

A reliable home comfort company will also undertake 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 big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when reconciling your budget. For example, if you found $700 laying next to your furnace or A/C system each year, what would you do with the extra money in your pocket? 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 produce more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So carefully consider high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment developed 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 Gaithersburg area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; they are the companies you will want to watch out for. A paper certificate does not make much difference if the issuing company is not around tomorrow and you’re stuck with a poorly installed, malfunctioning system. The company should be viable enough to present you with financing options that include manageable, monthly payments. The risk with a lot of smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In short, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Gaithersburg area, Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 will save you energy and money all year long. 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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