A total HVAC solution can save you as much as 60% year-round on cooling and heating energy costs.
Long Island City, New York (PRWEB) June 16, 2015
Today’s high-efficiency cooling systems promise performance unheard of even in the recent past. Right now may be the best time to invest in a total HVAC solution that can save you as much as 60% year-round on cooling and heating costs compared to older equipment, while also adding to the value of your home.
“Most homeowners are focused on a season at a time,” says Dominic Drab at ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions, a leading independent HVAC distributor in the Northeast whose contractors and equipment must exceed the usual standards. “There’s a lot to be gained, however, from looking at the bigger picture—how an advanced cooling and heating system can add comfort, efficiency, and value to a home all year round.”
It’s important to who you’re dealing with. You want to make sure that your HVAC contractor is not only up to date, but is also skilled in installing today’s technologically advanced high-efficiency systems.
“Technology has really advanced,” says Drab. Luxaire systems, for example, know when and how to cool the home to minimize utility usage. Advances in compressor design make them four times quieter than older systems. They even help clean the air you breathe. A qualified HVAC contractor will not only know all this but will also be there to keep your system at peak performance. Watch the video Luxaire: Quality Built to Last
Choosing the right system for your home, installing it properly and getting top performance isn’t something to trust to just anyone. You really want to be considering a licensed, and experienced professional who offers the following “best practices” when hiring an HVAC contractor, regardless of the brand they sell.
- Stay away from “Do-It-Your-Selfers” and handymen. They could possibly void the warranty. Complex codes and installation requirements, quickly evolving technologies and the quality of warranty protection are just a few of the reasons to make sure you go with a professional. Most leading contractors belong to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Look, also, for technicians who are approved by North American Technician Excellence (NATE).
- Ask for references. Ask for referrals. A true pro will gladly give the names of clients to confirm the quality and reputability of his work. Look for what long-term customers have to say about the way service and maintenance issues were handled.
- Choose experience. A seasoned installer will generally be better at determining the best equipment for your needs. He won’t rely on your existing equipment to size your house. Many older furnaces and air conditioners weren’t properly sized for the home they serve in the first place. An HVAC professional will ask about past cooling or heating issues and can readily provide explanations and practical solutions.
- The best price isn’t always the lowest price. The more experienced the professional the more accurate they’ll be when it comes to providing prices and savings. Avoid anyone who won’t come to your house and provide a detailed written estimate. Make sure that it’s clear what your estimate includes. Does it account for labor? Routine services? Customary warranties? Be wary of lowball prices in any estimate you receive. A low price may look fetching but it also many mean the equipment is undersized for the job. An undersized system will be overtaxed during peak hot or cold days, which will shorten its lifespan.
- Expect reliability. True professionals are prompt and courteous. It’s in their best interest to serve you as soon as they can. Find out which manufacturers and suppliers the contractor works with. The inventory and delivery capability of every manufacturer and brand varies greatly. If a contractor can’t readily get the equipment or parts you need, it makes him less reliable. And always make sure that any contractor you choose is fully insured to protect your home in case of accidents.
- You have plenty of options today. Explore them. A professional contractor will be on top of what’s available to help you make the smartest choices for your home and budget. A new high-efficiency Energy Star-rated system can be installed for a low monthly cost with excellent financing terms, along with service contracts and extended warranties that offer long-term value and worry-free protection.