If the thought of an HVAC failure leaves you scratching your head wondering what you would do during such an event, you are not alone. The key to knowing how to handle such events is spending some time learning how to hire the best possible professionals. The information found below can serve as just the resource you need.
Make sure the equipment you are buying is ENERGY STAR compliant. It may seem a small thing, but it isn’t. Products that are ENERGY STAR compliant can save you a lot of money in energy costs over the year. It can be over $100 easily, sometimes a lot more.
One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a new heating and cooling system is the manufacturer’s warranty. Units come with a variety of warranties. Choose one with a long warranty for maximum long term savings. Generally, it is advised that homeowners should purchase the extended warranty if one is offered.
Leaves and debris can damage your system. Frequently clean the fan grill when trees are shedding leaves. An obstruction, such as a leaf, prevents the maximum amount of cool air from entering the system.
Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out if your HVAC system needs to be fixed or needs to be replaced. If your system frequently breaks down, is always turning on or off on its own, or if your bills are too high, it may pay to have it replaced. Otherwise, little things can just be fixed.
Regular maintenance of your unit should be performed annually. During service the technician will check the motor and refill the system fluids. This will keep you energy efficient and comfortable.
Before you go out there and hire an HVAC contractor, find out the length of time they’ve been in the industry. A company that has been in business for a long time will have a solid track record, and you can use this to figure out if you should spend your money with them. New companies are just too risky.
The energy efficiency of a unit should be taken into consideration when purchasing a new heating and cooling system. Although you should be concerned about the price of a unit, the efficiency of the unit will save you thousands over the lifetime of the heating and cooling system and should weigh heavily on your buying decision.
Make sure that your ducts are not leaking. Often your utility company is willing to test this for you, and it may be free or lower in cost than you would get with a contractor. If you do have leaks that are repaired, this testing will pay for itself.
Would you know what to do if your air conditioner or furnace system were to fail just when you needed it most? As long as you have spent some time learning about what makes for a terrific HVAC service professional, you should answer in the affirmative. Keep the above advice handy, and you will never go wrong.
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