Quality of the Installation
The first thing that most people think of when they are looking to replace their home comfort system is the brand of the manufacturer. Today, we are a brand-driven society. The brand can let people know what kind of person you are (likes high quality, not afraid to spend money, green etc…) or make you feel comfortable with your purchase knowing that it was well built. With heating and air conditioning this may not be true.
The most important day in the life of a heating and air conditioning system is the day it’s installed. The most expensive highest rated system on the market poorly installed is not a reliable and efficient system. Conversely, an inexpensive system that is correctly installed following all manufacturer specified instructions is a reliable and efficient system. The EPA states, “Today, more than half of all air conditioners in U.S. homes are believed to be adversely affected by one or more installation issues.”
The fact is that a poorly installed system can end up costing you thousands of dollars more in utility bills, repairs, and early system replacement. Studies show that some improperly installed heating and air conditioning systems cost over 2.1 times more to operate than properly installed heating and air conditioning systems. ENERGYSTAR.gov states, “Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. But to make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s life.” Factors that can affect the quality of your system include: improper sizing, over or undersized refrigerant lines, improper duct size, and over or undercharging the system.
A heating and air conditioning system’s manufacturing process is not complete until the system is installed. The installation is the final piece of the manufacturing puzzle. Make sure that you consider the “brand” of the company doing the work. The company’s brand is visible by years in business, doing a load calculation, giving 100% satisfaction guarantees, and handling all necessary permits.
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