Buying A New Heating & Air System for Your Kitchener Area Home Published on March 09, 2015 Purchasing a new air and heating system is a major investment and Hammond Plumbing & Heating knows that. But, when you consider your options, there are many essential questions that you need answers for in order to ensure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Kitchener area home. To that end, let’s take a look at what you should learn 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 Hammond Plumbing & Heating refers to as the “home comfort system”, typically is made up of three major components: The furnace, which provides heat and air movement The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and One or several parts that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home In some Kitchener area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than 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 automobile, the home comfort system is the mechanism of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort each day. Quality Installation Is The Key The specs of your home dictate the choices available to you for a home comfort system. The quality of the installation is essential 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 probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s really important to work with a company 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 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. A good home comfort company will se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then just walk you through the most sensible and affordable choices that will meet those needs for you. When they're finished, you should have all the resources you need to make a choice that fits your budget and satisfies your family’s needs. 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 decide upon the proper type of equipment needed, they conveniently map the extra savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products. Uncovering hidden saving thru a reduction in household energy consumption are essential factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when figuring out your budget. Picture if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with the unexpected money? As energy costs rise in the future, high-efficiency equipment becomes increasingly helpful to your family’s budget. Equally important, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers build more efficient equipment, our climate 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. Who Are You Dealing With? When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from various Kitchener area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the businesses you may work 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 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. 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 Kitchener area, Hammond Plumbing & Heating can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 519-894-3222 and we will be happy to assist you. A new furnace or air conditioning system could save you energy and money each month. 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.