One of the biggest mistakes people can make when looking to get a new HVAC system is buying the wrong size equipment! The Department of Energy states that a large percentage of people who replace their heating and air conditioning systems end up installing the wrong size equipment.
The results from the wrong size equipment are scary: high utility bills, buildup of unhealthy mold in the ductwork, damaged equipment and uncomfortable living conditions. This can easily be avoided by making sure you get an accurate load calculation from your contractor. The load calculation is determined by your home’s physical characteristics and takes into account your family’s personal needs. This, along with a detailed system analysis, will correctly verify the proper size equipment needed for your home.
Cheaper isn’t always better, especially when it comes to your comfort equipment. If you get a bid that is significantly lower than the others, it’s probably too good to be true. It’s good to remember that sometimes, you get what you pay for. Essentially every contractor is installing the same heating and air conditioning equipment and in many cases the only difference is the name on the outside of the equipment...not the price of the equipment. Also, there are laws that regulate how systems are installed so when bids are lower, you are saving on installation costs vs. equipment costs. That begs the questions, are the technicians qualified? Are they taking any shortcuts? Are they leaving anything out? Are they cutting corners just to get the work?
Don’t be a victim to installation delays: You shouldn’t have to wait days for a heating and air conditioning estimate or even longer to have your system installed. A lot of companies hire helpers or high school co-op students to work with mechanics. Because mechanics don’t specialize in installing any particular type of system and they lack support, installations can be delayed.
One of the most important decisions you can make when choosing a company to install equipment or, anything for that matter, is using trustworthy and qualified contractors. Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between having a horribly, expensive experience you’ll never forget and an experience you can’t wait to share with friends and family. Here are some steps to take to make sure you choose the right contractor for you:
- Research. Doing a little homework on the work to be performed will set you up for success in choosing the right contractor for your job. You don’t need to become a technical expert, but a little research will help you ask the right questions and be able to assess the contractor’s answers and experience.
- Get 3 – 4 contractor referrals from people you know and trust. Referrals from the people you know and have had hands on experience from the contractor goes a lot further than references from people you don’t know. You are more likely to get both positive and negative feedback from people you know.
- After identifying a few prospects, make sure each prospect is located locally and has a physical address. Then, call the Better Business Bureau to verify the company information.
- Interview contractors. Make sure you take time to meet with each contractor and go through your list of questions.
Make sure you get a written guarantee. The contractor you choose stands behind the products and services they offer. If they don’t provide you with a written no-hassle, no-questions asked warranty you may not want to use them. You need to make sure the you and your family are protected from any unforeseen breakdowns. Also make sure the guarantee includes a performance guarantee, investment guarantee and a real 100% satisfaction guarantee.
If you are ready to replace your HVAC equipment, let our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Consultants give you a free Home Comfort System Analysis. They’ll study and discuss any concerns/problems that you may have with your current comfort system. They’ll review all system recommendation options and help you with finding the best home comfort system that meets all your family’s needs and budget.