If your current HVAC system has been acting up a bit lately, it might be time to think about buying a new one. Even if a repair can take care of the problem, heating & cooling units can be quite expensive, which means it’s better to be prepared for the cost now rather than wait until your HVAC problem becomes and HVAC emergency that demands immediate attention and spending. Learn a few tips on saving on your next unit to stay comfortable in your home.
Explore Different Brands
Just like different car, clothing and food brands differ in price, the same is true when it comes to HVAC units. Before deciding on a manufacturer, sit down with an HVAC professional to discuss your specific needs and budget. That way you can narrow things down and avoid feeling so overwhelmed (hopefully). Know that the cheapest brand most certainly isn’t the best. Focus on overall value and manufacturer reputation.
Check for Rebates
As you’re exploring brand options, check to see if any of them offer current rebates you can take advantage of. Besides the manufacturer, your state or a local utility company might offer rebates as well. See if you can stack those rebates and other discounts to truly maximize your savings without compromising on the overall value of your new unit.
Leave the Job to an Expert
While you might be tempted to install your new HVAC system yourself, it’s a job that’s best left to experienced professionals. This is because professionals have the tools, experience and education necessary to do a truly good job. What’s more is their labor might be covered by a warranty, which can’t be said if you were to do the job yourself. Avoid a disaster, one that could be quite expensive, in the future and leave the job to the pros.
Get Several Quotes
While looking for the right professional to install your new HVAC unit, it’s best you gather several quotes from several different companies. Be sure the quotes list all the work that’s performed, materials and brands used and any warranties that might be included. Just like with exploring your options for different brands, the cheapest quote isn’t always the best, and neither is the highest. Again, focus on company reputation, services provided and work included in the quote.
Know What Impacts Cost
There are several factors that determine how much you’ll pay for new heating and cooling unit installation. For instance, bigger houses come with bigger installation costs. There’s also a chance you might need new ductwork as well, which can cost thousands of dollars, so be sure to ask about that when you’re gathering quotes. As you’re collecting estimates from different companies, be sure to ask about discounts on installation and ductwork, if there are any specials or if you can just get a lower price. The worst they can say is no, and it never hurts to ask.
Make Yourself Aware of Off-Season Discounts
If you can, wait until the fall or spring to have your new unit installed. This is when HVAC contractors commonly aren’t as busy, which means they’re more appreciative of your business. This also means you might be able to snag one of those discounts mentioned above.
Check the Better Business Bureau Before Choosing a Contractor
Because it takes more money to fix a bad installation job, you’ll want to check the Better Business Bureau’s ratings of any contractors you’re thinking of doing business with. You’ll also have a chance to see if the company has any complaints, read reviews from customers and see if the company is rated with the Better Business Bureau.
There’s undoubtedly an abundance of work that goes into saving money on your new HVAC system, but your future self is sure to appreciate it. Start doing your research today.