How your HVAC contractor determines the quote for your new system
Are you currently searching for a new air conditioner? If so, then you’re probably all-too-familiar with how difficult it can be to sift through all of your options – from contractor to system selection. There are so many systems and professionals to choose from!
Quotes are crucial when it comes to making these tough decisions. At a basic level, you should make sure to avoid over-the-phone quotes and quotes on the back of a business card (without looking at your home). But, here are some other things that should happen when your contractor determines your quote.
- Make sure your contractor asks questions. The most important thing is that you get the system you want. How is your contractor going to know that unless they ask plenty of questions? Efficiency, added indoor air quality features and features of a new system are all things your contractor should ask you about.
- Sizing matters. You can’t always rely on “eyeballing” or the size of your current system. Make sure that when your contractor gives you a quote, they perform a Manual J load calculation. A system that is too big will never dehumidify your home properly – it will shut off too quickly. While a system that is too small will always seem to be running – driving up electricity bills and putting strain on your new system.
- Go beyond the indoor and outdoor unit. Your contractor should make sure to inspect your ductwork and the other aspects of your indoor air quality system to make sure that you are getting everything you need. Faulty ductwork and result in air leaks, loss in efficiency and more!
- Take more than price into account. Sometimes the overhead of running a reputable HVAC business can translate to a higher quote. Don’t let this deter you! It’s not always best to go with the contractor who gives you the lowest quote.
These, of course, are only a few things that should be taken into account when you’re searching for a new system. Make sure that the contractor who comes to your home has a good reputation with past customers and is willing to do the job right the first time.
So, how do you decide which contractor to go with?
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