Points to Consider When Buying a New HVAC System in Edmonton

March 09, 2015

Acquiring a new air and heating system is a major investment and McKinley Heating Service Experts appreciates that. As you explore your options, there are many essential questions that you need answered in order to assure you have the most energy-efficient and affordable choice for your Edmonton 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 McKinley Heating Service Experts refers to as the “home comfort system”, commonly embodies three major components:

  1. The furnace, which facilitates heat and air movement
  2. The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and
  3. One or several parts that regulates air quality and humidity levels in your home

In some Edmonton area homes, a heat pump may be used rather than a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps expel indoor heat in the summer and add outdoor heat in the colder months. In conjunction with the thermostat, these main 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 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 extremely important in that process. If the installation is unprofessional and performed poorly, the equipment, energy-efficiency and your comfort level is dramatically impacted. Irregardless of how much you spent, the equipment will experience frequent repair problems in the future if the install was bad. So it’s really important to work with a heating and air professional that can ”walk the talk” relating to 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 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. A decent home comfort company will assist you in identifying your family’s specific comfort needs and desires, then simply walk you through all the options available that will meet those needs for you. When they're finished, you should have all the resources 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 typically not added when figuring out your budget. For example, if you found $700 laying next to your furnace or A/C system each year, what would you do with this new found money? When energy costs go up, 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.

Only Stability Makes Warranties And Guarantees Matter

When evaluating Warranties and Guarantees from various Edmonton area companies, seriously consider and aggressively question the financial health, 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 tomorrow and you’re stuck with a poorly installed, malfunctioning system. The company should be viable enough to offer you with financing options that include manageable, monthly payments. The risk with too many smaller companies is that they are sold or just go out of business.

To summarize, 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 Edmonton area, McKinley Heating 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 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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