Top Questions You Should Ask Your HVAC Contractor

Replacing your air conditioner is one of the largest investments you will make as a homeowner. Repairs can also become costly – especially as your system ages. This doesn’t mean an aging HVAC unit requires a complete overhaul at the present moment. Here are some important questions you should ask your HVAC contractor before you decide to repair or replace your unit:

Should I repair or replace my system?

We find that customers go the DIY route and try to repair their HVAC system when it actually needs to be replaced, or jump the gun to replace a still functioning unit. Speak with a trusted HVAC contractor to determine the age of your unit before making a final decision. It’s also helpful to evaluate the unit’s future repair costs against the out of pocket costs of replacing the entire system.

How can I determine the efficiency of a new unit?

To determine a unit’s efficiency, customers should review the SEER system, which stands for Season Energy Efficiency Ratio. For example, a unit with a higher SEER rating means the unit is more energy efficient, which may also result in lower utility bills.

Is there a specific thermostat I should choose?

For the budget-conscious customer, our technicians recommend the installation of a programmable thermostat. The functionality of a programmable thermostat helps customers save money by adjusting their heating and cooling needs to different temperatures during the day. Take it a step further by purchasing a programmable thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilities, which allows you to control your indoor climate from virtually anywhere.

How much will it cost to operate?

Operating costs may vary depending on your home and the specific HVAC system, but can determine a cost estimate based on your usage habits. Before purchasing a new system, you should research different brands and models and look for rebates that will keep more money in your wallet.

Do you offer financing options?

At Alps, we provide customers with an estimate that clearly outlines installation and labor costs. Contact us for more information on limited-time financing specials.

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