Every family can enjoy the comforts of home! Heating & Cooling
September 23, 2014
If you are in the market for a new heating or cooling system for your home, what would be some of the factors that would influence your decision. If you are unsure, here is a list of questions that you should be asking a qualified heating and cooling contractor:
- Airflow – Your utility bill is directly affected by the stages that your heating or cooling system pumps out. Single, double and variable stages of airflow are the most common. The airflow adjusts to the proper amount of air needed based on run time of the unit.
- Efficiency – The higher the efficiency the lower your utility bills will be. Generally the efficiency of a new unit will run between 92% to 97%.
- Noise – Do you want to hear your heating and cooling systems running? Ask your contractor or comfort adviser about the decibel level on the unit to be purchased. Should range between 64 db to 72 db. For example, an average vacuum cleaner runs around 70 decibels.
- Warranty – A better warranty can provide piece of mind on costly repair bills. Common warranties sound something like this – 10 year parts and no labour, 10 year parts AND labour, 15 year parts, or no warranty at all. American Standard and Hogg offer 10 year parts AND labour.
- Contractor – The better the quality of installation leads to the reliability of service and warranty protection. An established corporation will be around for the life of your heating and cooling system to honour warranties and offer quality customer service. In the HVAC industry close to 50% of independent companies close up shop in the first 2 or 3 years. Trying to find your installation contractor can be horrific, leaving you high and dry with questions unanswered.
- Power or Size – The size of your house will determine the BTU’s needed to heat or cool your home. You need the correct amount of power to reach all four corners of your house. Don’t be oversold or undersold on the size/power of your unit. A lot of companies will use this as a price tactic… if you are price shopping they may sell you a smaller unit for less money, however, it won’t do the job that it is needed for.
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