Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Knoxville

March 09, 2015

Purchasing a new air and heating system is a significant investment and R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning appreciates that. However, when you look at your choices, there are a few fundamental questions that you need answers for in order to reasonably guarantee you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Knoxville area home. To that end, let’s examine 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 R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly includes 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 components that governs air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Knoxville area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the summer and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with the thermostat, these main components monitor 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 every 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 essential in that process. If the installation is conducted inadequately, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is hampered significantly. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s absolutely critical to work with an HVAC contractor that can back-up their installation quality.

Think About All Available Features And Options

There are a number of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose from. You are best served by researching every option to ensure 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 se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then carefully walk you through the most sensible and affordable choices that will meet those needs for you. When they're completed, you should have the knowledge you need to make a choice that fits your budget and satisfies your family’s needs.

Reduce Energy Consumption

A trustworthy 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 determine the proper type of equipment needed, they show how you can benefit from the extra savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Uncovering hidden saving thru a reduction in household energy consumption are big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is typically not added when estimating your budget. For example, if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, 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, our climate also benefits. So truly consider your choice of high-efficiency equipment. It’s equipment intended to save much more than just your utility bills; it's environmentally conscious.

Will The Company Be Able To Honor Your Warranty?

When conducting your “apples-to-apples” comparison of Warranties and Guarantees from various Knoxville area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial stability, history and longevity of the businesses you might assign the job. Unfortunately, this industry (like others) have some unreliable or unethical representatives out there; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not help you 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 too many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

In summary, 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 Knoxville area, R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 865-229-6176 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system can save you energy and money every single 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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