Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Oklahoma City

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new furnace and air conditioning system is a substantial investment and Gordon's Service Experts appreciates that. But, when you consider your options, there are many essential questions that you need to answer in order to reasonably guarantee you have an energy-saving and cost-effective option for your Oklahoma City area home. So let’s take a look at what you should learn 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 Gordon's Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, usually consists of 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 regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Oklahoma City area homes, a heat pump may be used in place of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps withdraws indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in winter. Operating via the thermostat, these main 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 every 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 critical in that process. If the installation is poor, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort suffers dramatically. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend, the equipment will probably undergo frequent repair problems in the future if the install was lousy. So it’s really important to work with an HVAC contractor that can back-up 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 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 se a consultative approach in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then just walk you through the best solutions that will meet those needs for you. When they're done, you should have everything you need to make an informed buying decision you are comfortable with.

How You Can Reduce Energy Usage And Save Money

A reliable 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 conveniently map the added savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products.

Uncovering hidden saving thru a reduction in household energy consumption are important factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when estimating your budget. For example, if you can save $700 per year in utility costs with your new home comfort system, what would you do with this new found money? As the cost of energy continues to escalate, 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 move toward making more efficient equipment, our climate also benefits. So truly consider your choice of 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 comparing Warranties and Guarantees from various Oklahoma City area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial backing, 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 make much difference 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 short, the manufacturer of the equipment will typically warrant flaws in the equipment, but the installing company solely guarantees the installation work.

Getting Started

If you live in the Oklahoma City area, Gordon's Service Experts can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 405-432-2197 and we will be happy to assist you.

A new furnace or air conditioning system will save you energy and money all year long. 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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