Buying New HVAC System?
9 Common Mistakes to Avoid
As a homeowner, purchasing a new HVAC system is something you will have to do at some point or another. The decision itself can feel overwhelming but it does not have to be. Don’t rush the process and take the time to make an informed decision. If you think it may be time to purchase a new HVAC system, take time to review some common mistakes to avoid. When you do your homework and know what to look for you can save yourself from future hassles and headaches. Below we discuss 9 mistakes people make when buying a new HVAC system.
Ignoring Energy Efficiency
Do not fail to learn more about energy efficiency. The majority of a home’s energy goes to heating and cooling the house. Energy efficiency is an essential consideration because it will greatly affect not only your utility bills, but also the system’s ability to keep up with demand. When looking for a new system look for energy star rated products and the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. The higher the SEER rating the more efficient the unit. Although a system with a higher SEER rating may cost more up front it will significantly save you money in the long run.
Buying the Wrong Sized Unit
The best unit for your home will be the one that is correctly sized for your home. A unit that is too big will use more power, resulting in higher operating costs while it does not reach the set temperature any faster. A unit that is too small will not save you money, since it will have to work harder to reach the set temperature. This will put excess wear and tear on the unit, possibly leading to an early breakdown.
Only Getting One Estimate
Purchasing a new HVAC system is a major investment so shop around even if you are in a hurry to replace. Get quotes from multiple companies so you can compare not only the equipment and price, but the company itself as well.
Choosing the Lowest Price
Don’t focus exclusively on the price. While price is an important factor when buying a new HVAC system, it should not be the only factor considered. The lowest price will not always be the best value for your money. A new HVAC system adds comfort and value to your home so consider other things like warranty, quality and type of unit when looking at price. Find a unit that works well for your home and provides reliable heating and cooling rather than choosing the cheapest product.
Missing Rebate Opportunities
Many states, local utility companies and manufacturers offer rebates to help offset the costs of new HVAC systems especially those with higher efficiency. If you think a specific brand of HVAC equipment may be out of your budget check if there are any rebates available.
Not Considering Maintenance Contracts
A well-maintained unit is necessary to keep your unit functioning properly and efficiently over the lifespan of the system. Over time dirt, debris and other pollutants can cause damage to your system possibly resulting in costly repair or replacement. Furthermore, the build up can also cause a decrease in the efficiency rating of your system, causing your system to work harder and thus resulting in higher utility bills. When buying new HVAC system consider adding on a maintenance contract if not included. This will help ensure your system is properly maintained and can extend the life of your system.
Not Asking Questions
Do not be afraid to ask questions. A new HVAC system is a large investment for your home, if you do not understand something throughout the process ask questions. Ask about life expectancy, warranty, maintenance or what may be excluded from the contract that could result in an extra cost. It is better to ask questions before installation, so you can be completely confident in your purchase.
Not Considering Existing Ductwork
Before excluding ductwork replacement, have your ducts checked. If your existing ductwork is dirty or damaged installing a new HVAC system will only do so much. If the ductwork is original to the home replace it as well to maintain the efficiency of your new system.
Not Hiring a Reputable, Licensed Company
Proper, quality installation is essential for your new investment to perform properly and efficiently. Even a pricy, high efficiency system will not perform well if not properly installed. Before you hire check online reviews and make sure they are a licensed, professional, experienced company.
Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air
If you are in the market for a new HVAC system you understand it can be an overwhelming decision to make. Don’t take the decision lightly, be sure to do your research, ask questions and take your time. If you don’t know where to start give us a call today at 818-341-3406 or contact us online to get started. We offer free estimates and can also help with maintenance or repair.
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