Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Gaithersburg

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a substantial investment and Parker Pearce Service Experts knows that. As you explore your options, there are several fundamental questions that you need answered in order to assure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Gaithersburg area home. So let’s outline 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 Parker Pearce Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly is made up 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 governs 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 summer and add outdoor heat in the colder months. Operating via the thermostat, these primary components regulate your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a automobile, the home comfort system is the engine of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort each day.

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 conducted inadequately, 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 lousy. So it’s really important to work with an HVAC contractor that can ”walk the talk” relating to their installation quality.

Give Consideration To All Possible 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 carefully 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 usually not factored 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. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So carefully consider high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment designed 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 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; buyer beware. 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 offer you favorable financing so you can further leverage the financial investment with low, easy to manage monthly payments. The risk with a lot of smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

To summarize, 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 Gaithersburg area, Parker Pearce Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 301-476-4577 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system can save you energy and money all year long. 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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