The lowest price doesn’t always mean that you are getting the best value for your money. More often than not you will get what you pay for and odds are if you are going with the lowest price you can find, what you are getting is sub-par at best. Sometimes you may get lucky, but this is usually the case. When it comes time to purchase a new heating and air conditioning system for your home, going with the lowest bid may be tempting to jump on, but take a step back and assess. There is a lot more to look when it comes to furnaces and air conditioners, and price isn’t necessarily everything.
Not Necessarily a Scam
Now, we are not saying that the lowest price is defiantly a scam! The lowest price may include everything you are looking for and more, but you have to assess every aspect of an HVAC purchase before signing any contracts. The first step is to get at least three estimates. This will ensure that you are getting a good picture of the type of system your home needs and you will be able to compare and contrast what everyone has to offer.
What to Compare:
- AFUE Ratings: Sometimes the lower price that is being offered is on a system that may not be as energy efficient as the other offers you have received. Look at the AFUE rating of the system along with the size in BTUs. If one contractor is offering something significantly larger or smaller than what you currently have in the home, have them prove to you that your current system is the wrong size by doing a load calculation on the home. After that determine if you are willing to pay more for a more energy efficient. If the answer is yes, choose a unit that has at least a 90% AFUE rating.
- Warranty Coverage: This is where the cheapest company usually falters. Their way of offering you the lowest bid is by cutting out the contract or only offering you the warranty that comes from the manufacturer. At Four Seasons, we offer our customers some of the most impressive and protective contracts that you will find in the HVAC industry. These contracts will offer serious protection from additional cost for years to come, and if you are a proactive homeowner, the protection offered by the warranty may factor into your buying decision.
- Maintenance Costs or Agreements: That new furnace you are about to purchase is going to need a good cleaning every year if it is going to stay in the same shape you bought it in. So, you should ask your potential contractors what kind of maintenance costs you will be looking at if you choose them for your future HVAC needs. At Four Seasons, we offer both affordable yearly contracts and in some cases, maintenance is even included in the warranty for a specified number of years. Its all about meeting your needs, and we have a variety of options to choose from.
- Contractor’s Reliability, Reviews, and Availability: The final and probably most important thing you should consider is the quality of the contractor that you are about to hire for this job. Read up on them with the BBB and various review sites to get an idea of what others have experienced. Then form your own opinion during the estimate. If there is ever anything that makes you uncomfortable, do not sign! Ask the salesmen about the company’s availability as well, because if something goes wrong, you are going to need them there to fix it.
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is a 24 hour heating and cooling company servicing the Chicagoland area. We hold the top rating offered by the BBB and we walk you through the purchasing process step by step. There is never any obligation to buy and we offer a free estimate on top of it all! Consider Four Seasons for your next furnace, and see what the best value can look like.