When you’re in the market for a new AC or furnace for your home, you have two choices: take the first estimate that sounds decent or take a little time to learn from what others have done wrong. This is a major purchase that will impact your energy bills, your home’s efficiency, and your comfort every day. Don’t take the first offer. Do your homework starting by learning from these common mistakes.
Settling for a Deal that Sounds too Good to Be True
It’s a good general rule for all things in life: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a contractor or installer offers you a fantastic deal on a new AC or furnace, read the fine print. Check on their references and reviews. A deep discount could signal shortcuts and shoddy workmanship.
Not Understanding what You Need for Your Home
Not all models are the same and not all AC and furnace units are right for your home. Make sure you understand, and that your installer double checks for you, that you have a unit that is the right size and type to heat or cool your home effectively and efficiently. Choosing the wrong size can lead to damage, higher energy bills, and even mold in your ducts.
Ignoring Efficiency Technology
A new unit that runs efficiently is probably going to cost more money, but don’t let this put you off. Check out the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for any new unit before you buy it. The higher the number, the more efficient it is, and the more money you will save each month. The highest efficiency unit can save you up to half on your monthly energy bill.
Forgetting about Rebates
Another good reason choose the high-efficiency models? Many come with rebates that are worth significant cash back. Several states and manufacturers offer rebates to encourage consumers to buy energy-saving AC and furnace units. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of these savings.
Not Checking out References and Reviews
We know that you have options when it comes to HVAC installers, which is why we strive to provide only the best service. You can’t count on this from everyone, which is why it is a mistake to not investigate before committing to an HVAC contractor. Ask us for references and read customer reviews to get an idea for the quality of service we offer.
Getting a new AC or furnace is a big deal and a big expense, so don’t rush the process. Avoid these mistakes, do your research, and you will be happy for years with your new unit.
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