Buying A New Comfort System for Your Toronto Area Home Published on March 09, 2015 Purchasing a new furnace and air conditioning system is a significant investment and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning understands that. But, when you consider your options, there are a few important questions that you need to answer in order to assure you have an affordable and efficient HVAC solution for your Toronto area home. Now let’s outline what you should understand 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning refers to as the “home comfort system”, typically consists of three major components: The furnace, which facilitates heat and air movement The condenser, the air conditioner or cooling equipment, and One or several components that control air quality and humidity levels in your home In some Toronto area homes, a heat pump may be used instead of a furnace and condenser. Heat pumps remove indoor heat in the hot months and add outdoor heat in latter months of the year. Operating via the thermostat, these key components monitor your indoor environmental comfort level. Like the engine of a truck, the home comfort system is the engine of your home that ‘drives’ your family’s indoor comfort each day. The Real Key Is Quality Installation A new home comfort system must be sized and measured correctly for your specific home in order to determine the selection of equipment and options that can be properly installed. The quality of the installation is critical in that process. If the installation is unprofessional and performed poorly, 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 especially important to work with a heating and air professional that can back-up their installation quality. Look At All Possible Features And Options There are hundreds of makes, models, features and options of comfort equipment available to choose 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 assist you 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 done, you should have the knowledge you need to reach a decision, while not feeling like you’ve been “sold” one. Energy Savings Now Prevail A trustworthy home comfort company will also perform 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 extra savings of high-efficiency heating and air conditioning products. Energy-efficiency and utility savings are big factors because the cost of operating a heating and air conditioning system is often overlooked when estimating your budget. Think about it - if your home comfort system could produce a check for $700 each year, what would you do with the extra money in your pocket? As the cost of energy continues to escalate, high-efficiency equipment becomes a “plus” vs. being a “minus” to your family’s budget. Likewise, as heating and air conditioning manufacturers produce more efficient equipment, the outdoor environment also benefits. So really give some thought to 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 comparing Warranties and Guarantees from different Toronto area companies, carefully consider and aggressively question the financial backing, history and longevity of the businesses you may work with. There are a lot of cheap service pitches out there; buyer beware. A paper certificate does not amount to much if the issuing company is not around when you need to use it. The company should be viable enough to supply you with financing options that include manageable, 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 commonly warrant difficulties in the equipment, but the installing company independently guarantees the installation work. Getting Started If you live in the Toronto area, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you. Schedule an appointment online or simply call 905-453-6700 and we will be happy to assist you. A new furnace or air conditioning system can save you energy and money each 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.