Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Nashville

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new furnace and air conditioning system is a substantial investment and Donelson Air Service Experts appreciates that. However, when you look at your choices, there are many essential questions that you need answers for in order to reasonably guarantee you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Nashville area home. To that end, let’s outline what you should understand 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 Donelson Air Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly includes 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 regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Nashville 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 latter months of the year. In conjunction with the thermostat, these key components control 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.

The Real Key Is Quality Installation

Picking the right equipment for your home depends upon the size of the home itself. The quality of the installation is critical in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is dramatically impacted. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will experience 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.

Look At All Potential Features And Options

There are a number of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to select from. You’ll want to look into every option that can make your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption exactly the way you desire for your family’s lifestyle and health needs. An ethical home comfort company will assist you 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 finished, you should have the knowledge you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one.

Energy Savings Now Prevail

A trustworthy home comfort company will also perform what’s called a heating and cooling load calculation and an energy-efficiency analysis on your home. These calculations not only decide upon the proper type of equipment needed, they conveniently map the extra savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Saving money each month thru energy reduction are big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is usually not factored when evaluating 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 a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. By the same token, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment 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.

Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from different Nashville area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the company you are dealing with. Unfortunately, this industry (like others) have some unreliable or unethical representatives out there; they are the companies you will want to watch out for. A paper certificate does not help you if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. 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 too many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

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

Getting Started

If you live in the Nashville area, Donelson Air Service Experts 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 every single month. Buying a new HVAC system is an important decision, so 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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