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Top 6 Questions to Ask Your Contractor During an HVAC Installation

If your HVAC system is not performing the way it should or is in constant need of repair, it may be time to consider a replacement system. There are many things to consider when selecting a new system to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Here are the questions you should ask before you begin.

1. Are You Licensed?

Before beginning your process, be sure the contractor you select is licensed in your state and understands any pertinent municipality requirements. Some cities may have ordinances that need to be addressed.

2. What Is Included With Your Service?

A good contractor will provide a free estimate for your system and installation, discussing your various options and needs. Your contractor should detail the labor costs, prices and other specifications in your estimate. You might also want to ask about maintenance plans they offer. HVAC systems last longer and perform better when regularly maintained. Ask your contractor about scheduling regular maintenance to extend the life of your HVAC.

3. What Are the Most Recommended AC Types?

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There are many options from which to choose, including forced air heating and cooling, radiant heat systems, dehumidifying air conditioning, zoned systems, and smart units. Have your contractor discuss the pros and cons of various systems to find the best fit. You’ll also want to ask about the warranty. Discuss the various warranty options available for the available HVAC units. HVAC manufacturers provide different lengths and coverages for warranties. A more expensive unit may have a better warranty.

4. How Can I Reduce My Utility Bills?

Finding the most efficient HVAC unit for your building can help reduce your utility bills. While a smaller unit may be less expensive, it may not be as efficient as some units, meaning it works harder and uses more energy to provide heating and cooling. This translates into higher energy bills and less sustainable usage. A newer system not only uses less power than older systems, but they may also offer other ways to reduce your bills. Smart HVAC units, for example, can be controlled from your mobile device and allow you to monitor your usage and make adjustments.

5. What Size System Do I Need?

Your contractor should measure the square footage of your building and consider the number of people using it to determine the appropriate unit size. While an undersized unit will have to work harder to provide comfort and may be inadequate, a system that is too large may work too fast, which is also a negative. Units are meant to work on timed cycles. Shutting off before a full cycle is complete can wear out a system much quicker, and it can provide inconsistent results.

6. Are There Any Special Offers or Rebates?

Your state may offer special tax credits when you replace an older, less energy-efficient HVAC unit, which can help keep down costs. Manufacturers often provide special offers and rebates that can also help you afford a unit that might otherwise be out of your price range.

Replacing your HVAC unit can be costly, but as with any investment, if you find the right contractor you can trust to walk you through the process, it can be an easy home improvement.