When it comes time to replace your HVAC unit, you are facing a major investment. HVAC systems are expensive, so you want to ensure you get the best price without sacrificing quality. Here we offer five tips for getting the best deal on your HVAC unit.
1. Make Sure You Understand Your Needs
There isn’t a standard type of HVAC system or even a standard size system that works in every home. Your first priority is to make sure you understand your needs, so you don’t get talked into a system that is too big and expensive or that has all kinds of modifications and add ons not suited to your home. When you start out on your HVAC hunt, be sure the companies you deal with ask some key questions about your home. This would include:
- Your home size
- Whether your home tends to be dry
- The age of your home
- The type of windows and doors you have
- The type of insulation
A good HVAC company doesn’t just lead you to the HVAC systems they want to sell. Instead, they take the time to ask questions and also come to your home to conduct an assessment, so you have the right system. Their goal is to improve your home comfort and energy efficiency within your budget.
2. Shop Around
Don’t go with the first company you speak with. Instead, take the time to research online and look at what local companies offer, as well as how they look when it comes to reviews and their company history. You want to get at least three estimates and interact with at least three to five companies, so you have a good reference of what is available. If someone is way over in the price range, they might be pushing the wrong system or add ons, while a company that comes in too low might be sacrificing quality in materials or installation. This is not the time to go for the cheapest price, but it’s also not the time to overspend.
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3. Get a Feel for Fair Pricing
Your estimates will help you see a pattern in pricing. Although there will be variations, overall you’ll see an average based on the quotes you receive. Also, be sure you are comparing apples to apples. You can’t look at different types of systems and expect to see similar pricing. If you are looking at different systems, be sure you get quotes for each type of system from each company so you can make fair comparisons. You can then use these prices to see if you can negotiate a better price from the company you prefer.
4. Ask the Right Questions
Part of the process of choosing the best company is to have a series of questions you ask each of them. This allows you to compare their service and what they offer based on the same criteria. Some questions to ask include:
- What warranty or guarantees do you offer on labour and the system?
- Who installs my system, someone from your company, or is the work contracted out?
- What is included in your installation process and what isn’t?
- What size system do I need?
- Will I need additional ductwork?
- Can I see proof you are bonded and insured?
- Are there other systems I should consider?
- What is the most energy-efficient system you would recommend?
- What are the expected savings for my energy bills?
- What brand of HVAC system do you install?
- Do you offer payment terms or financing?
- How soon can you install the system?
These questions will help define the type of service and expertise you can expect from the company.
5. Rebates and Tax Credits
Different rebates are available by different companies and HVAC manufacturers. Be sure to ask what rebates are available, and check local offers for tax credits.
Are you looking for more information on how to get the best deal on your HVAC unit? Our team at Noll ClimateCare would be happy to answer any of your questions. Give us a call today.