Whether building a new home in the Bay Area and needing air conditioning installed, or it’s time to replace your old unit, there are some very important questions you should ask when getting an estimate for the work. As most homeowners know, heating and cooling a home makes up a large portion of monthly utility costs. Whether you’re upgrading or having an initial installment performed on a new home, you want an energy efficient system that will provide you with a comfortable home and the lowest possible energy costs for years – it’s a big investment!
When getting an estimate, we recommend you ask the following questions.
What size HVAC system do I need? When choosing an HVAC system one that is too small or too large will cost you money, and leave your family uncomfortable. Inquire about the proper size for your home and the area you intend to heat/cool.
What are the latest technologies, and are they right for you? Today, many new HVAC systems can be controlled using Smartphones, programmable thermostats, and more. Of course you need to consider your budget, but ask your contractor about the latest technology and best equipment within your budget. You may also want to consider asking about other customers’ feedback and recommendations.
Is the heating and cooling company insured? Trusted, reputable companies will not hesitate at all to provide you with insurance proof – and you also want to ask about a licensed bond. All terms and conditions should be provided to you in writing, so if the contractor doesn’t mention this when you get an estimate, ask.
Is the air conditioning system energy efficient? Heat and air units have all kinds of ratings when it comes to energy efficiency, so be sure to learn the pros and cons, what the ratings are for the various systems the company offers, and whether there may be an advantage of one system over another in terms of money savings.
Will any changes have to be made to the ductwork? Depending on whether you are having an HVAC system installed in a newly constructed home or are replacing your old system, the ductwork may need to be replaced or cleaned. Ductwork is how conditioned air gets delivered to the various areas of your home, so it’s important that it’s in good shape and free of dirt, debris, leaks, or damage.
What is the company’s payment terms, and is a guarantee provided? Find out what the possible payment options are so you can determine which works best for your budget. Most companies will be at least a little flexible if you’re serious about having a new HVAC system installed. In addition, be sure to find out what type of guarantee is offered, and about any warranty on the new system.
As you can see, there is more to getting an estimate on a new HVAC system than simply finding out what the total cost will be. You want to know as much as possible about the brand, its energy-efficient rating, the company who will be performing the installation, insurance, guarantee, and more. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re the trusted leaders in home heating and cooling for residents of the Bay Area. Need an estimate? Give us a call today.