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September 26, 2018

HVAC inspections provide more accurate quotes

By Jason Gassmann, President

Whether it’s the dead of winter or the hottest week of the summer, when your furnace or air conditioner unexpectedly breaks down and needs replaced, you want a new HVAC system fast.

In the heat of the moment, it is tempting to get an HVAC quote over the phone. Purchasing a new HVAC system is not a small investment. You should take the time to gather the information you need to select a heating and cooling system that meets your home comfort needs.

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Instead of getting a quote over the phone, we recommend having an HVAC inspection, where an HVAC professional comes to your home. This allows an experienced comfort consultant to inspect your current HVAC system, determine what size and type of system best meets your needs, and provide a more accurate HVAC quote.

Choose right-size HVAC system
For years, it was common practice for technicians to install bigger-than-needed heating and cooling systems in homes. If a unit is too small, it works harder to reach your desired temperature — if it reaches that temperature at all. If it’s too big, the unit cycles between blasting cold or warm air and shutting off completely. Neither of these scenarios allow your system to operate efficiently.

A system that is the right size runs continuously, keeping your energy bills down and your home at a comfortable temperature.

Get an accurate quote during your HVAC Inspection
An on-site inspection also allows an HVAC professional to determine if aspects of your home will affect the total installation price. The layout of your home and the location of the HVAC system play important roles in the installation process. If a HVAC technician needs to access a small or tight space to install the new unit, it increases the installation time. 

In addition to the layout of your home, the ductwork affects the performance of your new HVAC system. If the ductwork needs to be updated to allow for better airflow, the installation takes more time, which increases labor costs.

These are among the many factors that determine which HVAC system is best for your home as well as the total installed cost. When you are ready to purchase a new HVAC system for your home, contact us to schedule an on-site HVAC inspection.