Installing or replacing your air conditioner or furnace can feel overwhelming. There are so many factors that go into the decision including efficiency, size and cost of the new equipment. Read on to discover what you can expect from the quote process and get some tips for choosing the best option for your home.
Why you should get multiple HVAC quotes
When shopping for a car, a house or any other big-ticket item, do you simply buy the first one you see? Most likely, the answer is no. While new HVAC units aren’t as expensive as a house or a car, they are big investments (some of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home!) that drastically affect your comfort level on a daily basis. Not only does price vary between HVAC companies, other factors, such as brands offered, services, warranties and more, can differ. It’s best to obtain multiple quotes and carefully evaluate each to determine which is right for you, your family and your budget. Aim for 3-4 quotes. Any more will cloud the decision process.
Getting an HVAC quote
Most HVAC companies offer a free consultation during which they come to your home at an agreed upon time to discuss your needs and provide a detailed recommendation and cost estimate.
The comfort consultant will look at or ask about things like the ductwork, insulation, vents and size and age of your home. The whole process, done properly, can take between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours. The consultant is usually able to write up a proposal before leaving your home.
A thorough HVAC quote should detail:
- Multiple options, clearly laid out, at different price points
- Size and efficiency levels of the equipment recommended
- Warranty information
- Any available incentives, such as energy rebates
- Timing specifics, such as when the install can be scheduled and how long it will take that day
Evaluating HVAC quotes
While cost is an important deciding factor, remember that you usually get what you pay for. Evaluate all of the quotes you receive, decide what you’re comfortable spending and look for the best deal in that price range. Also remember that the cost of a new unit isn’t just the initial investment; it’s also energy bills in the future. Paying a higher price for a more efficient unit may pay off over time through lower monthly bills. Other factors to consider include warranty and timing.
Lastly, make sure you are going with a company that you trust. Be aware of any red flags signaling a dishonest consultant and look out for them. Ask around or search for reviews from past customers online. Check out the company’s credentials and experience level. As one of the biggest investments you make in your home, you should feel 100% confident in the HVAC company you ultimately hire to complete your install.
If you’re looking for an HVAC quote in the Akron or Canton, Ohio area, be sure to give Crown Group Ohio a call. We have NATE certified technicians with decades of experience!