Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Edmonton

March 09, 2015

Buying a new furnace and air conditioning system is a substantial investment and Rob's Albertan Service Experts recognizes that. But, when you consider your options, there are a few essential questions that you need answered in order to reasonably guarantee you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Edmonton area home. To that end, let’s examine 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 Rob's Albertan Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, typically embodies 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 products that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Edmonton area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in winter. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key components control your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, the home comfort system is the engine of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort every day.

Nothing Replaces The Quality Of Your Install

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 unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will suffer from frequent repair problems in the future if the install was shotty. So it’s absolutely critical to work with a company that can demonstrate their installation quality.

Think About All Possible Features And Options

There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to pick from. You are best served by researching every option that can make 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 help you determine your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply walk you through all the options available that will meet those needs for you. When they're finished, you should have everything you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

A reputable 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.

Energy-efficiency and utility savings are big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when evaluating your budget. Think about it - 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 build more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So really give some thought to 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 Edmonton area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial health, history and longevity of the company you are dealing 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 offer you reasonable financing with terms that fit your monthly budget. 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 commonly warrant defects in the equipment, but the installing company alone guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Edmonton area, Rob's Albertan Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 780-800-9047 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system will 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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