5 Of The Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make When Buying An HVAC system

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Buyer beware! Buying an HVAC system can be a large expense, so you don’t want to waste your time or money. All HVAC systems are not the same. When looking to buy a new system, you don’t want to rush your decision. Doing your research and being prepared are essential steps in making the right decision. Checking out different companies and types of units will help give you an idea of the relative pricing and will also help stay comfortably within your budget. Talking to friends and neighbors may also help the decision-making process. Be sure to avoid the following five mistakes: 

Purchasing the wrong size HVAC systems

The department of energy has reported that a majority of homeowners who replace their systems often buy the wrong size units. Results can be scary and very expensive; your utility bills could skyrocket. Having a system that runs harder than it needs to can over cool or heat a house costing you a lot of money. Mold can begin to build up in your ductwork, which can cause poor air quality throughout your home. You could potentially even fall ill from this occurrence. It can create quite an uncomfortable living environment. Getting a quote from a reputable contractor can ensure you get the proper fitting equipment for your home. 

Fake offers or even large discounts

When it comes to HVAC systems, you often get what you pay for. Beware of companies cutting corners just to give you a low price. Always try to get two, if not even three different quotes from different companies. Asking for a step by step explanation will also help ensure you’re getting quality work done to your home. 

Waiting too long

You should never have to wait longer than a couple of days to get an estimate for your HVAC system, or even longer to have the unit installed. Many reputable companies hire helpers or even reach out within the community and hire high school mechanic students to help get some of the work done in a timely manner. Be sure to always include some type of penalty in the contract if the job isn’t done according to schedule. The most common penalty is a 5% fee.

Using Untrustworthy Contractors

 A recent survey showed that almost 45% of homeowners felt uncomfortable with servicemen in their homes. You should never feel uncomfortable while your contractor is in your home working. Making sure you use a reputable air conditioning contractor is important to ensure the safety of not only you but your home as well. Making sure the company has insurance is important, so you’re protected if anyone gets hurt on your property or your property is damaged. 

No written contracts

You should always have a written contract when it comes to installing any type of equipment in your home. In the contract, you should also have some type of guarantee or warranty that the equipment will be performing to expectation; It will also help avoid any unforeseeable breakdowns. 

Having have covered all the key considerations one should make when considering purchasing an HVAC system, you’re now better prepared to make the best-informed purchase. Always do your due diligence, read reviews thoroughly, and ask plenty of questions. Avoiding these five mistakes can help you feel confident in this critical investment for the comfort of your home. For any questions, reach out to the experts at Air Expo; we’re happy to take your call anytime.

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