Investing in new HVAC equipment will probably be the most complicated process you encounter as a homeowner. Heating and cooling equipment is anything but simple or inexpensive, and the right contractor will ensure your overall satisfaction with the project. Avoid these mistakes in the process:
- Choosing the wrong size. HVAC systems are engineered to work most efficiently when their capacity is matched to the cooling and heating load of your home. The industry has a software tool called Manual J that takes the guesswork out of sizing the system for the structure. Using this software requires a fair amount of time because it requires detailed input about your home’s energy efficiency and structural characteristics.
The payoff of running the load calculation is lower energy bills, greater comfort and better durability. When you interview HVAC contractors, be sure that they size the system properly, as well as the ductwork.
- Not shopping around. It’s always a good idea to talk to more than one contractor for the job, unless you have a trusted contractor who is NATE- (North American Technician Excellence) certified. NATE certifies only the most knowledgeable and capable technicians in the HVAC industry.
- Not using a licensed, insured and bonded contractor. The contractor you use should meet each of these three criteria to keep you physically and financially safe. HVAC equipment often uses combustible gases and high voltage electricity. It’s important that you protect your investment by dealing with a reputable contractor from the start.
- Not getting a written contract. A contract holds both you and the contractor to your agreements for scheduling, equipment and pricing.
- Basing your decision on price alone. Choosing an off-brand system or turning down upgrades because they seem too costly might haunt you for years to come.
- Ignoring the warranty provisions and requirements. Professional maintenance may be part of the warranty requirements. Learn what paperwork the manufacturer needs to keep it valid.
Complete satisfaction with your new HVAC equipment starts with a careful choice and a quality installation. To learn more, contact Arpi’s Industries, providing NATE-certified HVAC services for Calgary homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about buying HVAC equipment and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.