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What First-Time HVAC Purchasers Should Ask

Since most homeowners don’t make HVAC purchases very often, it’s natural to wonder what the most important things to ask are. These questions might help you choose a contractor and your next equipment.

How do I choose a contractor?

Look for an HVAC contractor who is licensed with the state of Texas and has insurance and bonding. Not using a licensed contractor makes you vulnerable for accidents on your property and it may void the warranty. Most manufacturers specify that the installer has to have a license in order to validate the warranty.

How big should it be?

Bigger may seem better when it comes to air conditioners, but in fact, too large a system will raise energy bills and reduce comfort. When interviewing HVAC contractors, insist on a load calculation before you choose your next system. HVAC professionals use software called Manual J to find the best size HVAC system for homes based on their energy efficiency, size and floorplan design.

Making HVAC purchases without an exacting load calculation could result in equipment that’s too large or small. Systems that are too large won’t remove as much humidity or circulate the conditioned air thoroughly. Those that are too small won’t keep your home comfortably cool on an exceptionally hot day.

What about energy efficiency?

Make sure the HVAC pro explains energy efficiency ratings to help you make an informed decision. Although equipment with higher ratings costs more, it pays for itself faster in monthly energy savings.

How about the warranty?

All new HVAC systems have warranties and the contractor needs to explain what the terms are and what you need to do to keep it valid.

How do I finance a new HVAC system?

Many homeowners choose to finance their HVAC systems and the contractor should go over your options. Sometimes they offer dealer financing packages or other incentives. They may also be familiar with local incentives for installing high efficiency systems.

Making HVAC purchases isn’t something to take lightly. For more expert advice, contact Beyer Boys, providing HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).