5 Things To Expect During The Installation Of Your Heating And Air Conditioning System
Is this your first experience with installing a heating and air conditioning system into your home? Here’s what you can expect during the process.
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HVAC installation is a significant investment for a homeowner. It’s not only a substantial investment in money but a big investment of your time as well.
Read further to find out what you can expect during this process. You’ll soon learn how you can make smart purchase decisions on heating and air conditioning systems that will enhance the comfort of your home for you and your family.
Research Heating and Air Conditioning Systems and Terms
There are many makes and models of HVAC systems on the market today. Familiarize yourself with each model to decide which system is the best solution for you. Once you’ve selected the kind of system you want to install, it’s time to get cost estimates from professionals in the field.
Get Multiple Cost Estimates
HVAC system installation should always be left to a professional contractor to complete. They are the experts at understanding heating and cooling strategies that keep your home comfortable.
Try to get three cost estimates from knowledgeable professionals. This will give you a chance to hear each contractor’s approach to the project and hear their thoughts on which unit is best for. When you receive your cost estimate to do the work, ask each contractor the following questions:
- What kinds of HVAC systems do you specialize in?
- How long will it take to complete my project?
- Will you need a deposit before work begins? Is payment in full due at completion of the project?
- What are the customer reviews about your company’s performance?
- What are the customer reviews on the suggested equipment?
After you’ve chosen a contractor’s bid for your project, it’s time to get a written contract before any work begins. Some basic items that all HVAC installation contracts should have include:
- Payment process
- Details on materials installed, including any warranties
- How will change orders be handled
- Information on any construction permits required
- Warranty of workmanship
Your chosen contractor will need to obtain the necessary construction permits before can begin. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can negotiate with your contractor and secure the permits yourself. Construction permits outline the safety standards that will protect your home from fire hazards or structure failures that the new HVAC equipment might create.
Prepare the Project Area
Once you and your contractor have scheduled a start time for your HVAC project, you can begin to prepare your home. Clear the room where the new system will go of any obstructions. Make sure your children or small pets are kept out of the way while the installation occurs.
When your project is done, ask the contractor for their recommendations on ways to maintain your new HVAC unit. You can ask them how often should you request a professional inspection. Ask them if you can clean the air ducts yourself and how often should you do this.
Feel like your ready for your new heating and air conditioning installation? Now that you know what tasks to expect, you can begin today.
Familiarize yourself with the many HVAC terms and abbreviations out there. That way you’ll be able to speak confidently when you interview HVAC contractors to explain your needs. Once your contract and permits are secured, your contractor can begin work.
Don’t forget to check out our blog for more helpful advice on HVAC basics. Then you’ll be prepared to keep your home as comfortable as it can be.