One of the largest and most important purchases a homeowner can make is replacing an existing HVAC system. With a smart purchase and proper maintenance, a unit from a reputable manufacture can last up to 20 years. With the state of manufacturing today, there are few appliances in the home that boast that sort of life span and even fewer that are so vital to our day to day comfort. HVAC systems also have the distinction of being one of the most complex, making purchasing one all the more daunting. Today, we would like to offer some tips that will help you make the best decision.
Choosing a Contractor
The first and most critical step is choosing a contractor to perform the installation and subsequent maintenance. Considering the cost and complexity of the project, it’s important to select a company with a strong and established reputation in your area. Avoid contractors who are new to the area or do not have an outwardly professional appearance. Never hire a contractor who is not licensed, bonded, and in full compliance with your states regulations. Make sure to check review sites like Google, Yelp, and Angie’s List to learn about your neighbors experiences with potential candidates. While price will always play a large role in your choice, make sure to take added values and benefits into consideration that may not be present in the bottom line.
There are many different manufacturers of HVAC systems and like most other things, you get what you pay for. Just like when selecting a contractor, choosing a brand with a strong and established reputation can wind up saving you money in the end, even if it cost a bit more up front. Using a lesser known brand can pose a problem when it comes to repairs and obtaining replacement parts. Larger manufacturers also offer more options that may be better suited to your needs than the little guys.
The cost of your HVAC system should not be interpreted as the number on the bottom of a contract. There are a few other important factors that form the true cost over time. Make sure to take into account the amount of time quoted for the job to be completed, the warranty offered on the service provider’s labor, the cost / availability of replacement parts and whether or not the installer provides a maintenance service. These four pieces can add up to a savings or cost, depending on how wisely you shop.
In order for an HVAC system to work properly, it must be the correct size for the home. If the unit is too small, it will not provide adequate heating / cooling throughout the entire home. If it is too large, energy is wasted and will reflect on your monthly power bill. Make sure the company who you choose conducts a thorough size survey of your living space.
When shopping for a home services company, one thing to take into consideration is whether or not they offer a maintenance plan. Companies that offer a maintenance plan usually have a good relationship with the manufactures as well as an extensive knowledge of their products. Keeping within the prescribed schedule for upkeep will help your system perform at optimal capacity for many years.
As you can see, purchasing a new HVAC system for your home is more than just finding the lowest price. The manufacturer, service provider, size and maintenance plan are 4 of the main points that generally apply to HVAC purchases. However, each home is different so be sure to take all your needs into consideration. Michael & Son Services is one of the largest providers of HVAC services in the region. We offer a wide range of products from top rated manufactures as well as comprehensive maintenance plans. If you would like more information regarding Michael & Son’s HVAC services, contact us today. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about special offers, upcoming events and much more!