Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Austin

March 09, 2015

Buying a new furnace and air conditioning system is a major investment and Strand Brothers Service Experts recognizes that. As you explore your options, there are several important questions that you need to answer in order to assure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Austin area home. Now let’s take a look at what you should understand 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 Strand Brothers 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 parts that control air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Austin area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. In conjunction with the thermostat, these primary components regulate 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 each day.

Quality Installation Is The Key

Picking the right equipment for your home depends upon the size of the home itself. The quality of the installation is extremely important in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. 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 really important to work with a company that can demonstrate 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 choose from. You are best served by researching 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 good home comfort company will se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply walk you through the best solutions 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 reputable 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 extra 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 often overlooked when evaluating your budget. Imagine 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? As energy costs rise in the future, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers move toward making more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So truly consider your choice of 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 multiple Austin area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial stability, 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 matter too much if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to offer you with financing options that include manageable, monthly payments. The risk with many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

To summarize, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Austin area, Strand Brothers Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 512-596-1257 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system can 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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