You Need To Replace Your HVAC: Now What?
So you read our decision guide and you know you need a new HVAC system. Now what? How do you know which brand is best?
Fun fact: Trane and American standard are made by the same parent company in the same facility with two major differences:
- Paint Color
The same is true for these brands:
- Lennox, Armstrong and Concord
- Carrier, Payne, Bryant and Tempstar
- York, Lux and Coleman
- Goodman and Amana
Crazy, right? So what’s the biggest difference? The installation contractor. It takes a lot of knowledge, equipment and experience to properly install HVAC equipment. The brand you choose is a lot less important than installer.
What Matters Most
- Compare contractors rather than equipment brands.
- Who did a more thorough evaluation of your home?
- Who performed a load calculation?
- Who inspected your duct work?
- Who has a better reputation with the BBB and Angie’s List?
There is so much more to buying a new HVAC system than just the system itself. If a new system is installed but the ductwork has a leak, or the unit is too large or too small, your heating and cooling system will not be able to function properly.
Pay attention to what other’s are saying about a particular HVAC contractor. Remember, companies cannot pay to place or remove information on the BBB or Angie’s List.
Do yourself a favor and get multiple quotes. Don’t just look at price, look at the total job, the big picture if you will. Consider reviews, check licensing, and certifications in order to thoroughly vet your HVAC contractor.