Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor

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Having a new furnace installed in your home is a major undertaking that is also expensive. However, new furnaces do tend to be more energy efficient and can also be much safer than an older unit, so it can definitely pay off to get a new one installed. Here are some important furnace installation tips to consider when it comes time to replace the heating unit in your home.

Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder for the job.

More service calls are related to poor installation jobs than having defective equipment. Often cheap bids come from either dishonest or inexperienced installers.

Have a new thermostat installed by the contractor.

Like cars, thermostats and furnaces have become increasingly complex and computerized, so it can take some knowledge to learn how to work them properly. Have your installer teach you how to use the new thermostat correctly to get the most from your new furnace.

Very high vs. high efficiency furnaces

Higher efficiency translates into higher complexity. You should try to have your equipment be as simple as possible to help prevent problems and keep costs down. The more complex equipment is, the more expensive it tends to be. That means it will also cost more to repair whenever there is a problem. Generally speaking, he best value is to buy a furnace with a new ECM fan motor and 92 percent efficiency.

Get a proposal instead of a bid.

Make sure to get a detailed written proposal from a professional contractor that outlines exactly what will and won’t be done. The proposal should include the model number and manufacturer of the proposed equipment in addition to the cost of any electrical work, venting changes of plumbing work that need to be done.

Purchase a reputable brand of furnace.

When buying a new furnace you should go with a major brand or a subsidiary of one. If the contractor recommends a brand that you don’t recognize, make sure to do some research on it before purchasing it.

You might be able to buy a smaller furnace than your old one.

Usually older furnaces were over sized to keep the house warm enough at all times. However, new higher efficiency furnaces might be able to produce the same level of heat with a lower BTU rating.

Follow the above tips whenever you need to have a new furnace installed in your home. They will help you save a lot of time and potential problems down the road.