When investing in a new heating and cooling system, don’t assume that the company which offers the lowest price is automatically the company you should hire. Authorities have found that the lowest price is almost never the best value. Here are five points to consider.

 

Point#1 

The low price you see advertised or are quoted may not be the price you end up paying. Some contractors offer an unrealistically low price to get the job and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they start.  Always be wary of a contractor offering to do the work for much less money than others.  A recent NBC Dateline TV investigative news story found that the companies offering the unrealistically low prices for a service call were consistently the WORST value. Most did virtually nothing when they showed up. You are likely to get LESS than you pay for when choosing a low ball company.

 

As with most things in life, price is usually an indication of quality. Better trained service and installation people cost more. More reliable and efficient equipment costs more. Quality installation and system commissioning work takes longer.  Solving pre-existing problems with the house insulation and duct system takes time and additional materials. And a good company charges enough to ensure it can provide fast, no-hassle warranty response if it’s needed.

 

Point#2

As with most things in life, price is usually an indication of quality. Better trained service and installation people cost more. More reliable and efficient equipment costs more. Quality installation and system commissioning work takes longer. Solving pre-existing problems with the house insulation and duct system takes time and additional materials. And a good company charges enough to ensure it can provide fast, no-hassle warranty response if it’s needed.

 

Point#3

There are actually two price tags to a new heating and cooling system. What you pay initially to buy and install the new equipment may be only the tip of the iceberg.  More important, you are giving your utility companies permission to send you a bill for using the new system each month. You will also have to maintain it, and pay to fix it if and when it breaks down. And over time, the combined costs of operating and maintaining a system always far exceed the initial cost of buying it. 

 

The wrong system, improperly installed, could sentence you to over 20 years of excessive utility and repair bills.

 

A recent Consumer Reports Magazine article stated:

“… be wary of bids that are considerably below the others; the contractor may be cutting corners in ways that compromise the system’s effectiveness.”

 

department of energyThe Department Of Energy has stated: 

“Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump or air conditioner”.

 

For more information, contact a Comfort Institute a HVAC / Home Performance Contractor near you.  Click the button below to locate a contractor today.

 

 

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