Knightdale, NC, March 28, 2011 – People are using the Internet more and more when deciding on purchases. However, for certain purchases like heating and cooling systems, Weather Master, a local heating and cooling service company, warns homeowners against this practice. Purchasing heating and cooling equipment involves more than just “who has the best price” and “who carries the top brand”. Choosing the right heating and cooling technician for installing and repairing your heating and air conditioning system is very important because proper installation and maintenance are the biggest factors in determining a system's life span and efficiency.

According to Lee Hill, Vice President of Weather Master, “The success (or failure) of your heating and cooling system is based largely on the installation and maintenance.”

Hill states, “A properly installed heating and cooling system starts with a qualified technician performing a load calculation on your home prior to system selection. This calculation is necessary to insure that you get the correct size system to meet the needs of your home.” According to Hill a unit that is too big (oversized) may have a higher upfront cost, raise utility costs, remove less humidity and fail more quickly. Also, a unit that is too small will have to work harder to heat and cool a home and can lead to premature failure. A load calculation takes into consideration factors such as; the square footage of usable space in your home, the number of windows, types of windows, insulation amounts, the direction your home is facing, as well as many other factors.

Another major factor in insuring that your system in installed correctly, according to Hill, is to hire a reputable, trained technician. A professional service technician will recognize the need to check your ducts before installing a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) system. “If the ducts are too small they will cause your HVAC system to use more energy and will deliver less comfort. Too small of ducts will lead to early equipment failure as well,” says Hill. A trained technician will also know to measure and document your airflow, to measure refrigerant charge, to ensure that your unit is safe electrically, to test the firing rate on a new furnace or boiler and to test your thermostat to ensure it is compatible with the new equipment.

Hill points out that by choosing a reputable HVAC company for installation, they’ll provide a copy of the installation checklist with a record of all measurements taken during installation, as well as a copy of the owner’s manual, manufacturer’s warranty and their warranty. Hill says, “Along with this you should get a list of recommended maintenance requirements. Maintenance is key to keeping your system working at peak performance.”

There is nothing better for your heating and/or air conditioning system than annual maintenance. “Annual maintenance allows your system to continue to work at peak efficiency year in and year out. A system that is maintained annually experiences considerably fewer breakdowns and costly repairs along with using less energy. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your system is saving you money on your utility bills every time it comes on. In some instances, the energy savings are enough to pay for the cost of the planned annual maintenance service,” says Hill.

So, when purchasing a new heating & cooling system listen to the advice from Weather Master, local heating and cooling specialists, and pick a reputable, experienced HVAC company leaving the internet to products that don’t rely on the value of installation and maintenance.


Weather Master
Weather Master Heating and Air has been serving Wake, Durham, Granville, Chatham and Johnston counties since 1977. By providing the very best in air conditioning, heating and plumbing equipment and service, Weather Master Heating and Air delivers world-class service with a small-company touch. They are committed to doing “Whatever It Takes” to deliver immediate comfort to North Carolinians.