Replacing your furnace or extending your heating and cooling system is a complicated project that requires the skills of a trained technician. But how can you make sure that you are hiring the right person for the job? And how can you save money on a heating project while still ensuring top of the line quality?
Hiring the Best Heating Contractor
Much like any other home improvement project, the best lead on a contractor is a trusted referral. When your family member, friend or neighbor passes on the name of a heating contractor they trust based on past experiences, it's like a seal of approval. Likewise when they caution you away from certain heating contractors be sure to take heed.
If you can't get a trusted referral or you want to shop around in addition to using referrals, look for three things:
These are the factors that separate the professionals with the other guys. When it comes to heating your home in the depths of winter, you'll want to make sure that you used a trusted professional who knew what they were doing.
Hiring the right heating contractor will allow you to save money with warranty and service issues. A professional will also guide you through other steps that keep the cost of installing and running your heating system down.
Buying the Proper Furnace
When replacing a furnace or building a home, it's important that you choose the proper model. You would be surprised at the money wasted by those who install the wrong size of furnace. Too big and too small — both are equally bad ideas.
Using the load data supplied by your HVAC contractor, as well as manufacturer information, you should be able to narrow down your choices to those that best suit your space and needs.
When extending your heating system with a home addition or renovation, be sure to have your heating contractor calculate whether or not your existing furnace can handle the load. You may also need to decide if other methods of heating will be more efficient and cost effective based on the size, location and intended use of the room.
High Efficiency Furnace Upgrade
Always ask the contractors quoting your heating project whether you are entitled to any rebates for furnace upgrades. Many regions and utility companies across North America are offering substantial rebates for this type of project. You can save from 10 to 20 percent of the cost just by sending in an application.
Trusted HVAC contractors will have all of this information and be eager to share it with you.
Did you know that it doesn't always save the most money to upgrade your furnace to the highest efficiency models possible? In certain situations, even though a high efficiency furnace will provide more heat for less than a mid-efficiency furnace, it's not the ideal choice.
Your contractor should be able to give you comparisons that take into account your climate, the insulation in your home and the fuel you currently use. These are the factors that may create a situation where high efficiency does not mean the highest savings.
Find the best heating contractor, research the best models for your specific situation and investigate any rebate offers. This will ensure you save the most you can when completing your heating project.