The Unfiltered Blog

August 20, 2018

Avoid sticker shock when shopping for a HVAC system

By Jason Gassmann, President

It’s the dead of summer and your air conditioner breaks down or is limping along. You realize it’s time to look for a replacement for it and the whole system. You start researching your options and all of a sudden, the sticker shock hits you.

It’s going to cost how much?!

As you shop around, you wonder why some units are more expensive than others? And why the same brand is cheaper at one company than the other?

The type of HVAC unit you choose, its features and the services the HVAC company or installation contractor provide all affect the price of the system.


HVAC unit
It doesn’t matter what you are shopping for, there is always an array of good, better and best product offerings. The same is true for HVAC systems based on the brand, model and features you desire. 

When choosing a heating and cooling system for your home, it’s important to remember that one size does not fit all. The right system depends on the size of your home and your comfort requirements.

The HVAC system brand along with the features that are included in the unit impacts the price. With a premium brand, like Carrier or Trane, you will receive the best value for the investment. You will also have peace of mind that, with proper maintenance, the unit won’t fail after 10 years.

We recommend having a HVAC contractor come to your home instead of getting a quote over the phone. This allows an experienced technician to inspect your current HVAC system, evaluate your ductwork, and determine what size and type of system best meets your needs.

An on-site inspection also provides an opportunity for a heating and cooling specialist to spot complications in your home that could affect the total installation price. What is the layout of your house? Does the installation team need to access a small or tight space to install the new unit? Does the ductwork in your house need to be updated to allow for better performance and comfort? If so, the installation time could take longer, which increases the cost of labor and installation.

Know what pre-sale questions to ask
A quick internet search will pull up a handful of HVAC companies who are ready to sell you a new furnace and air conditioning system. Most companies will provide rebate offers or a low trip-charge fee to come out and inspect your home.

With all of the options available, HVAC system shopping can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are a few important questions to ask HVAC contractors when you’re getting an estimate.

  • Do you use a standardized pricing system?
  • Do you have a warranty program?
  • Do you have an installation guarantee?
  • What sort of training do your installation and service technicians receive?
  • Can you show me your credentials?

Getting answers to these questions will help provide assurance that you are investing in a HVAC system that is right for you and your home.

When you are ready to purchase a new heating and/or cooling system for your home, contact us to discuss the best solution for your home.