Ready to begin enjoying all of the benefits from switching to a new, more cost-effective, energy-efficient air conditioner?
Then it's time for a new installation and it pays to know as much about the process as possible.
The best contractors use the best brands that have a long history of reliability. Their installers will be trained in professional, top level installation techniques.
The actual installation itself can have a major affect on the performance and life expectancy of your HVAC equipment, so bear this in mind when choosing a contractor to perform the work.
Being provided with a free estimate on all equipment with new installations is a definite plus point. Make sure the contractor meets with you personally to discuss the many different options that will be available to meet your own particular individual needs as well as your budget.
A full line of quality air conditioning equipment is a top selling point, along with high velocity systems and separates. Especially for areas where space for duct work may be limited, ductless mini split systems are a good choice. A top contractor will design and fabricate all the duct work in your home as necessary.
When a complete cooling system is installed, a full one year warranty on all workmanship and in addition, a one year Service Agreement at absolutely no additional charge is a deal breaker. Equipment needs to be registered to be sure you'll get the full benefit of the manufacturer's warranty. The contractor should perform that task for you when the installation is complete to your satisfaction.
Discounted pricing on all types of additional equipment is highly desirable including humidifiers, media filters and UV lights if installed in conjunction with full HVAC Systems. To be able to talk to one of the contractor's knowledgeable associates concerning the many benefits these high level system enhancements can provide for you and your family is always appreciated.
If you're concerned about what to look for when meeting with and choosing a contractor, here are a few pointers:
- Make sure the company you choose is licensed and insured.
- Reliable contractors are professional. Their people are prompt and courteous. How a company treats you now reflects how they will treat you if there is a problem. They should have an office or shop facility. An office or shop is an indication that the company has been in business and intends to remain in business.
- Meet with the contractor at your home to ensure they are understanding the scope of the work and the equipment that will work best for your application.
- Discuss any inefficiencies you have with your existing systems. Is one room warmer than others, what your budget is, the benefits the different systems offer.
- Discuss benefits of adding media filters and/or humidifiers
- Get a written bid (or proposal) outlining the equipment to be installed, the work to be done and the price, including labor costs. Ask about warranties and routine servicing that may be included.
Family Owned and Run
One popular selling point for a contractor is that it is a family owned, local heating and air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance company with many years of experience in the business. Word of mouth promotion makes it easy to see how so many of your neighbors have trusted this or that company to keep their heaters running smoothly and efficiently.