Are you a first-time homeowner with a failing furnace or air conditioner that only occasionally works? Before you schedule an HVAC installation service, take a look at the questions to ask the contractor.
Do You Need a New System?
Your system doesn't heat in the winter or fails to cool adequately in the summer. But does this mean you need to replace it? Don't assume you need a full installation service. A quality contractor will evaluate the system and provide repair and replacement alternatives.
What System Options Are Available?
Does your home have natural gas hookups, a forced air duct system, or none of the above? You need a new HVAC system that coordinates with the existing setup. If you choose a different type of heater or air conditioning option, you may need to spend extra money on gas lines, electrical upgrades, or ductwork.
Choose a contractor who specializes in and sells the type of system you want or have. This requires experience, expertise, and a larger volume inventory. If you're not sure what you want, look for a company that offers a broad range of options.
Do You Sell High-Efficiency Systems?
Along with the type of system you want or need, your would-be HVAC contractor should also provide a range of higher or high-efficiency choices. A high-efficiency furnace or AC system can save energy and the related fuel costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 42 percent of the average home's utility bill comes from heating-related costs.
Ask your potential future contractor for information on the AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) number for heating systems. The higher the percentage, the more of the fuel the furnace converts into usable heat each year. If the installation service includes a new central air conditioner, ask about the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number. Higher numbers equal higher AC efficiency.
Do You Stock All HVAC Options?
Whether the heater leaves you in the cold or your air conditioner won't keep your home comfortable, you need a replacement right now. This means you need to choose a contractor who has the system you want in stock. If the contractor doesn't regularly stock a variety of systems or can't get the model you need for weeks, it's time to choose another service provider.
Do You Offer a Heating Maintenance Plan?
The services don't end at the installation. An HVAC provider that also offers heating or cooling maintenance plans can help you to keep your new system in top shape now and for years to come.
For answers to your questions and more information about HVAC installation, contact a local HVAC company.