Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Champaign

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a significant investment and Chief/Bauer Service Experts understands that. But, when you consider your options, there are several essential questions that you need answered in order to reasonably guarantee you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Champaign area home. To that end, let’s outline what you should learn 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 Chief/Bauer Service Experts 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 regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Champaign area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the May – September time-period and add outdoor heat in winter. 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 year round.

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 unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. 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 shotty. So it’s especially important to work with an HVAC contractor that can ”walk the talk” relating to their installation quality.

Think About All Potential Features And Options

There are a number of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose from. You should always think about every option to assure your home’s air quality, humidity level, temperature and energy-consumption exactly the way you desire for your family’s lifestyle 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 everything 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 decide upon the proper type of equipment needed, they conveniently map the additional savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Saving money each month thru energy reduction are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is usually not factored when estimating your budget. Imagine if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with this new found money? When energy costs go up, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers move toward making more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So carefully consider high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment developed to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Will The Company Be Able To Honor Your Warranty?

When evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from various Champaign 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 help you if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to supply 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 usually warrant defects in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Champaign area, Chief/Bauer Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 217-689-2469 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system could 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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