Every year millions of homeowners buy a new HVAC system for their home. Whether for heating, cooling or air quality, they make a huge investment in a new system that will be with them for years to come. Unfortunately, many of those people make big mistakes when buying their next system, so to help you avoid doing so, here are some simple things you should not do.
- Ignoring Air Quality: Air quality is about more than comfort. It affects the health of everyone in your home equally. Consider it carefully when installing a new system.
- Avoiding Even Heating and Cooling: One room being cooler or warmer than another is not okay. It’s bad for your system and bad for your home’s comfort level. Have insulation and ductwork checked before installation of a new HVAC system.
- Not Upgrading Your AFUE or SEER: New systems are highly efficient. Take advantage of that by buying one with a higher AFUE or SEER rating.
- Not Vetting Your Contractor: Always spend time checking up on your contractor, reading reviews and asking other customers how their experience was.
- Skipping the Service Agreement: Service agreements save money and help your system last longer. Don’t skip them.
- Buying the Cheapest Option Available: It may be tempting, but a cheap HVAC system is a bad idea if you want it to last and save you money in heating and cooling. Even a midrange system will save you money in only a few years with higher efficiency ratings.
- Picking the Same Model You Already Had: New models are stronger and more efficient. When possible, get an upgrade and your bills will reflect the difference.
- Waiting too Long to Buy: The longer you wait, the more you pay in heating and cooling bills for an old, worn down system. If you know you’re going to buy a new system, act fast to save the most possible money.
- Not Asking Questions: If you have a question, ask it. There is no such thing as a stupid question when looking for a new HVAC system.
- Ignoring Maintenance Recommendations: Maintenance recommendations are optional but almost always to your benefit. Research on your own before committing to anything, but don’t ignore the necessity either.
If you do things just right, your new HVAC system will last for years to come and provide steady, comfortable heating or cooling throughout that time. But, if you rush through things, make a hasty decision and neglect to do any research, you may have issues with your system in far less time than you’d like. Be smart and you’ll be rewarded.