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Installing Your HVAC System: an Interview with Robert Chebook of W.L. Brady Corp.

By Robert Chebook

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

W.L. Brady Corp. has been in business for over 20 years servicing and installing commercial and residential equipment throughout the Southern New Hampshire area.

We offer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our regular business hours run from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, but you can call us anytime.

W.L. Brady offers an exceptional Preventative Maintenance Program that will maximize and allow for the best performance of heating, air conditioning & commercial refrigeration equipment, but at a low fixed cost to our customers. Besides service and maintenance we also install complete new systems, equipment change outs, ductwork installations and cleanings. Our staff is fully trained, experienced and certified in working on HVAC-R and sheet metal. We are committed to providing high quality service and operating with honesty and integrity.

What components make up an HVAC system?

Todays HVAC systems are far more than just a furnace and an air conditioning unit. With new regulations, better homes being built and higher efficiency units there is no limit to what you can do to or add on to your existing or new systems. Zoning a system, either new or existing, gives you far greater control of the comfort of your home or office while helping cut the cost of heating or air conditioning areas not being used. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers will also help with comfort control. There is also a great deal you can do to help with air quality in a home or office environment. From air purifiers to fresh air intakes and also better filter systems. One of the most simple and often most overlooked piece is the thermostat. There are great thermostats you can upgrade to or install that will help with energy costs. Todays systems do not just heat and cool a space. It is all about comfort and environment control. Once you enter a building either your home or office you are walking into a controlled environment. There is no one system that is perfect for every situation but every situation does have a perfect system.

What are the benefits of installing an HVAC system into one's home?

One of the best benefits of installing an HVAC system to your home would be total comfort. On those hot humid sticky summer nights you hit a switch and your bedroom goes from an uncomfortable sauna to a cool comfortable room. HVAC systems have more control than window units and you do not have to carry them around, store them away or worry about security because your windows are not locked. A correctly installed system will give you even cooling and heating through your home not just spot conditioning.

What are some ways homeowners can prepare for this process?

Before you have someone come and look at your house you want to think about a few things. Do you use your entire home all the time? Are you gone (work, away for weekends) for long periods of time that you do not need the system running. Is there anyone in the home that has allergies that would benefit from a better filter system. Is your home very tight that you would want fresh air. These are all questions that someone can help you with, but it is good to think about the way you use your home before someone comes in. Then the easier part. Have a qualified properly trained HVAC expert come out and evaluate your home. Depending on your current conditions there might not be too much else for you to do besides make some room in the basement or attic. And remember when having someone come out to your home all quotes should be free. It is always good to get more than one quote if you are doing an expensive job. Make sure everything is in writing and what you are comparing is the same. You want to look at what is being offered not just the price.

What are the steps for installing an HVAC System?

After you have agreed on the work to be done and set up a start date there is not too much more for you to do. Depending on what you need done it could take about a day (installing A/C to an existing system) to almost a week (installing a complete system with ductwork). Once your system is installed you want to make sure you understand how to use it all and what the maintenance requirements are. If you install programmable thermostats for instance and do not set them up or know how to set them up then they are not saving you any money.

Do you recommend a homeowner attempting to install the system themselves?

Most parts of installing an HVAC system are very hard for someone who is not in the industry to do themselves. Its not like adding a porch where you can buy a hammer and nails maybe a saw and get to work. There are expensive tools you only need for HVAC work that would not make sense to buy just to use once. Also there is EPA licensing and state licensing that is required by law. You can buy some HVAC products online, yes even furnaces, but if you do not know how to properly size or install a system it would cost more in the long run to have someone come in a make it right.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

We are very easy to get in contact with. Our main phone number 603-669-7967 is answered 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our normal office hours are 7 am to 4 pm. Any time after that is emergency calls only but you can leave a message and we will get back to you the following business day. We also have an email that is checked very regularly day and night rob@wlbradycorp.com

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