It is not always easy to compare HVAC Estimates if you are considering replacing or installing new equipment. The estimates are not always apples to apples so to speak.
In this blog we will detail the most important aspects to consider when you receive an estimate for your heating, ventilation or air conditioning systems. Most importantly only consider qualified, licensed and accredited HVAC companies.
Size of the system
The size of the system refers to the capacity to heat or cool your home. The size of the home as well as layout are the main considerations when determining what size unit you need. A unit which is too small in capacity will overwork and struggle to maintain the proper temperatures.
Always make sure that if you are comparing estimates that you are considering the size of the unit quoted.
There are a wide range of efficiencies available in today’s HVAC market- all with differing price tags. The efficiency is represented by the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). This is a general rating of the cooling output of a unit divided by the energy used to create the output. These are generalized and based off testing scenarios and seasonal averages. Your results may differ depending on your specific usage, seasonal weather demands, etc.
It is important to mention that generally speaking, the higher the SEER ratio, the more costly the unit. There may be relevant reasons to consider a lesser SEER for your application and it might be wise to consult your HVAC professional to discuss.
When comparing estimates, make sure that the units you are comparing are compatible units.
This is arguably the most important thing you are considering when comparing estimates. A good warranty will provide you the greatest peace of mind since it will help limit unexpected out-of-pocket expenses in the future. A reputable company will always stand behind their installations. But by how much?
Air Doctor Heating and Air warranties new installations with 10 years on parts and 10 years on labor. Consider the high value of this when comparing how other companies stand behind their work.
For most of us, it all comes down to cost. Just realize that the cost is far more than the initial expense. You will need to weigh that along with potential energy savings as well as warranty benefits.