Replacing a HVAC system could be the most complex task you face as a homeowner and the HVAC quotes you receive may be confusing, as well. These guidelines can help you sift through those quotes to make the decision that will affect your comfort and budget for many years ahead.
- Certifications. It’s essential for warranty coverage that you use a licensed, insured and bonded HVAC contractor for the project. Failing to do so can void the warranty the manufacturer provides. Checking with the Registrar of Contractors and the Better Business Bureau will also assure you that the contractor has no unsettled complaints.
- Industry recognition. An HVAC contractor who has earned the NATE- (North American Technician Excellence) designation has achieved the highest competence in the HVAC industry. Surveys have shown that a NATE-certified contractor enjoys much higher customer satisfaction.
- Sizing. A contractor who uses Manual J software to perform a load calculation for your home is likely to provide a correctly sized system, including the ductwork size and configuration.
- Energy efficiency. It’s important to evaluate HVAC quotes based on the energy efficiency of the equipment you’re installing. A quote’s price may be lower if the equipment isn’t rated at the same efficiency level as another. Generally, it’s a good idea to choose the highest efficiency you can afford for long-term energy savings.
- Warranty. Study the warranty carefully before you choose the system. A long, comprehensive warranty can save you substantially should anything go wrong with the system. It’s also necessary to ask the contractors what kinds of maintenance are required to keep the warranty valid.
- Factory authorized. Work with a contractor who is a factory-authorized dealer to assure yourself that they have all the knowledge and training with the equipment so you get the most efficiency from the system.
- Customer service. Choosing a contractor who provides emergency services around the clock, including holidays, will help you manage an unexpected problem with your equipment.
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