Are you in the process of replacing your HVAC system? Don’t fall victim to these six common mistakes.
When you’re sweating in the summer or shivering in the winter, it can be tempting to replace your HVAC system quickly, without doing your homework. However, it is extremely important that you do the proper research before choosing a replacement brand and company. Taking your time can save you from long-term problems such as system breakdowns, early replacements, and poor indoor air quality.
If your current HVAC system is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s probably a good idea to do your research early so you don’t get caught without heating or cooling.
When you do replace your HVAC system, do your best to avoid the following mistakes.
1. Buying the wrong size.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when replacing their HVAC system is buying the wrong size. A system that is too large will constantly turn on and off, wasting energy. A system that is too small will overwork itself and die early.
2. Going with the first company you encounter.
You should always explore your options. Even if you’re desperate for a new system, make sure you evaluate multiple companies. Don’t forget to check the reviews.
3. Not getting quotes and estimates in writing.
Your HVAC company should provide you with all important information in writing. If they don’t, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
4. Not caring about quality.
While “most expensive” doesn’t always mean “best,” it doesn’t hurt to look for quality service and equipment. A bad quality HVAC system is bad indoor air quality, and bad indoor air quality can affect your health and comfort.
5. Falling for “sketchy” quotes and offers.
Sometimes, a quote might seem too good to be true because it is. While not every good deal is a red flag, make sure you approach seemingly low prices with caution. You might get what you pay for.
6. Not scheduling routine inspections.
Proper HVAC maintenance is important. It cuts back on repair costs and early replacement. Make sure you schedule annual tune-ups by a licensed HVAC technician.
Now that we’ve discussed the “don’t’s,” let’s discuss the “do’s.” Apply these practical tips when looking for a replacement HVAC system.
1. Make a service agreement.
A service agreement states how often your HVAC company will send a licensed contractor to service your system. Remember, proper HVAC maintenance saves you money in the long run and keeps your system operating smoothly and efficiently.
2. Take a tour of your home.
Does your home have a lot of windows? How big is it? Are some rooms warmer than others? Where are vents located? Make as many notes as possible about your home so that your service provider can help you find the perfect system for your needs.
3. Research your service provider.
Don’t hire a company without checking them out first. Are they licensed? Are they reputable? Are they affordable?
4. Request recommendations and referrals from an HVAC contractor.
Don’t be afraid to ask for customer referrals from your HVAC company. The best way to tell if you will receive quality service is to hear it from other customers.
5. Ask lots of questions.
Remember, you are paying the HVAC company. That means you are free to ask questions about quotes, fees, warranties, etc.
Our goal is to provide homeowners with quality HVAC systems and services. If you have any further questions, contact Indoor Air Quality today. We serve homeowners in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Our highest priority is the comfort of your home.