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Fall 2011

Do You Need a New HVAC System This Fall?

Think back to winter. How did your heating system hold up? Was your family warm and comfortable all season long? Did you frequently struggle and fight with your furnace to get it working right? Were your energy bills through the roof? Depending on your answers to these questions, it may be time to think about a new heating system. In fact, for maximum efficiency and savings, this fall may be the best time for you to upgrade your whole HVAC system, including cooling.

New System = Savings

The biggest argument that most homeowners have against upgrading their HVAC equipment is the cost. Yes, getting new HVAC equipment is an expense. And yes, it can be quite costly. However, new HVAC systems are so efficient and pay for themselves so quickly with savings on your energy bill that they should be considered a sound investment, especially when switching from older systems. Whether you heat your home with oil, gas or electric heat, a new, efficient system can save you plenty on your monthly bill.

Aside from saving on routine costs, there is also the matter of repair costs. Have you had to have your HVAC system repaired in the last year, aside from routine maintenance? Repairs can be expensive, and if you have an older system that breaks down frequently, the costs can really add up.

When you also consider the hassle of fussing with an old HVAC system and the convenient comfort of a new model, you may realize it is time to upgrade.

Not Just Heating

When looking at a new heating system, you may want to consider upgrading the rest of your HVAC system as well. Although it seems counterintuitive to upgrade your cooling system just before winter, there are benefits.

The main benefit of upgrading your heating and cooling systems is that you can get what is called a matched system, in which all the components are designed by the manufacturer to work with one another. This creates maximum efficiency, which meets the ultimate in comfort and savings for you and your family.

With fall upon us, and winter not far behind, now is the time to think about whether your home could benefit from an HVAC upgrade.

 

Steer Clear of Unlicensed Contractors

The idea of using an unlicensed contractor to work on your HVAC system can be seductive. They usually charge less and promise the same results as their licensed colleagues, so it seems like a good move. There is a great deal of risk involved in going with an unlicensed contractor, however. You may wind up spending more money to correct his mistakes, and in the meantime, your family’s health and comfort are compromised by a shoddy ventilation system. The results may even be dangerous to your home and safety.

Let’s take a closer look and some of the reasons to avoid the lure of unlicensed contractors.

Do it Right or Do it Over

While many unlicensed contractors are perfectly competent, the fact remains that they are unlicensed for a reason. Most often, that reason is because their skills are not up to snuff, which can spell trouble for your HVAC system.

If you hire an unlicensed contractor to do repairs or maintenance, there is a good chance he will make a mistake or do a poor job, requiring you to hire someone else to do the job over again. Although you may save money hiring an unlicensed contractor, those savings vanish quickly when you have to pay for the job a second time.

It makes more sense to hire a licensed professional the first time and save yourself the headache.

Protect Your Warranty

Like other home appliances and machinery, more HVAC systems and components come backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. This protects you in case something goes wrong with your system. It can be a great help if something does break down, and it also provides peace of mind.

Often, your warranty can be voided if anyone other than a licensed contractor does any work on the system. The reason for this is that manufacturers do not want to pay for possible mistakes made by subpar repair work, and neither should you.

Hiring a licensed contractor keeps your warranty protection in place.

The Reliability of a Professional

When you hire an unlicensed contractor, you have no idea whether you will find him again next time you need help. It may be a fly by night operation that will be out of town tomorrow, leaving you to deal with the mess if the repair work doesn’t hold up.

Hiring a licensed and established professional, on the other hand, means you always have someone to turn to for your HVAC maintenance and repair needs.

Quite simply, hiring an unlicensed contractor is a risky endeavor that often costs you much more than you could potentially save. Rather than gambling with your HVAC system, trust it to a licensed professional instead.