Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Fort Lauderdale

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new air and heating system is a major investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning appreciates that. But, when you consider your options, there are many essential questions that you need answered in order to assure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Fort Lauderdale area home. To that end, let’s examine what you should be familiar with 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, typically consists of 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 Fort Lauderdale area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in winter. Operating via the thermostat, these main components monitor 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 each day.

The Real Key Is Quality Installation

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 unprofessional and performed poorly, 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 lousy. So it’s especially important to work with a company that can ”walk the talk” relating to 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 choose 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 help you determine 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 reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

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 extra 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 usually not factored when figuring out 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 the cost of energy continues to escalate, high-efficiency equipment becomes more and more beneficial to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, the outside environment also benefits. So there is plenty to think about when it comes to 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 evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from different Fort Lauderdale area companies, strongly consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. There are plenty of inexpensive, inexperienced HVAC service companies doing business today; they are the companies you will want to watch out for. A paper certificate does not amount to much 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 favorable financing so you can further leverage the financial investment with low, easy to manage monthly payments. The risk with many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

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

Getting Started

If you live in the Fort Lauderdale area, 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 could 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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