Heating and cooling drains power at a ridiculous level and can drive up your energy bill quickly. According to statistics, HVAC systems account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. But, as the summer draws on, and the days get hotter, having air conditioning becomes imperative.
But getting a unit installed can be a little difficult, especially if you make poor decisions for financial reasons. You want your installation to be smooth, easy, and worry-free to avoid feeling like you’ve made a poor investment.
Here are some ways to ease your worries, and what to consider when getting the installation done.
Use a Reputable HVAC Company
This is important, you don’t want to have poor work done on your home or business, and have to deal with getting the system looked over, or repaired, after just having it installed. You should take the time to find a contractor with a good reputation and one who stands by their work.
It’s not worth saving money to go with the first pick or the one that is cheapest. It can lead to you spending twice as much money in the end, after installation, and then repairs.
Don’t Get a Used Unit
While a used unit might be cheaper, they almost always end up creating more problems and expenses down the line. They may also not be as good in terms of energy efficiency, or even power and ability, as a new unit. Or they may have a short lifespan.
Get a new unit, save yourself the financial ache later on. They’ll last longer, too.
Get An A/C Cage
An A/C cage is something that is used to secure the appliance and prevent theft. A/C units get stolen in many areas because they can be resold for a pretty penny later. This applies to both high-end neighborhoods and inner-city rentals, just about any property is susceptible to this crime.
Protect your investment, pay the extra $200 to secure your unit and prevent theft. It’ll cost much more to replace it later.
Get A Proper Sized Unit
If you have the choice between the installation of a larger unit, or a smaller unit, go with the larger one. An undersized unit can cause headaches down the road, as it may not have the power to lower the temperature of the building suitably.
The last thing you want is to be unable to lower the temperature from 90 degrees on a summer night.
Those are just some of the tips to consider when getting your HVAC system installed in your new home or office. If you have any questions about HVAC installation, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.