As a homeowner, upgrading your HVAC system is critical, especially if your system has proven to be inefficient or is past its shelf life. Typically, an HVAC system has about ten years until it starts to show real signs of age, like loud sounds, smells or it just stops working all together. However, when you upgrade your HVAC system, it is important to steer clear of a few issues that that people can fall into if they aren’t careful – some of these issues are monetary, but a lot of them have to do with your precious time. If you hastily install a new HVAC system, not only will there be problems installing it, but there will also be problems once it’s installed. Here are five ways to avoid issues when upgrading your home HVAC system.
- Unrealistic or farfetched estimates. Indeed, an HVAC company may give you an initial estimate for the install, which includes the installation of the actual machine and then all the extras, like the placement of a filter filler, a diagnostic test and other miscellaneous measures that come along with upgrading an HVAC system. But what happens when the work begins and the estimates start to skyrocket? Your best option in this case is to ask your HVAC contractor what the true costs are – not an estimate. Ideally, you want one flat fee in mind, so that you don’t have to worry about the expenditures becoming exorbitant.
- Poor organization. When upgrading your HVAC system, you want there to be a very strict schedule as to how the installation process will proceed. If you don’t have a strict schedule, you could be left without an HVAC system for a long time. So, make sure that the HVAC company knows that you want the job done in a certain amount of time. If they can’t deliver on a certain promise, you can always hire another company.
- Unclear communication. When you are upgrading and updating your HVAC system, you want to be very clear with your technician or installation crew. If they don’t know what some of your goals are, they will undoubtedly proceed with their own routine. If you have something different in mind, or if you want something special done, you need to be communicative about this from the very beginning.
- Scrappy installation. Installing a new HVAC system takes very delicate work. You certainly don’t want the job to be done poorly. Ideally, you want your HVAC technician team to be experienced and knowledgeable, so make sure that you check references before you hire a certain company. If you hire the wrong crew, you could wind up with substandard construction and you won’t get the most out of your HVAC system.
- True specifications. When it comes to HVAC systems, not all heating and air conditioning units will work for your home. This is why you need to know you’re your capacity needs are. Usually, this is measured by the square footage of your home. In the end, you certainly don’t want a system that is too big or too small.