Purchasing a new central AC unit is a big decision, not only the cost but also the sheer amount of information thrown at you. You want to make sure you are not only getting the perfect system fit specifically for your home but you also want to make sure you are hiring the right company for the job.
Here are 5 essential questions to ask during your next estimate appointment:
1. What is the right size air conditioning unit for cooling my home?
There are tests specifically designed to help contractors determine the proper size system for your home. If you see or hear a contractor just throw a size out without the mention of an official test to size, that is considered a red flag. The calculation is called the Manual J Load Calculation. A competent contractor will be able to walk you through the entire process.
2. Can my existing ductwork be used with my new system?
There is no reason that perfectly good duct can’t be used with a new system, in fact it can often times save you a lot of money. Your contractor should be able to examine your existing ductwork and give you a quick answer. A trained contractor should be able to examine the duct work and let you know if any of them need to be patched and explain where you are having duct leaks.
3. Do you have proof that your company is insured?
NEVER ever hire a contractor that cannot show proof of license. Make sure the name on the license matches the name of the contractor and or company you are hiring. There have been scams involving contractors in California where contractors got their license suspended and paid a separate company to use theirs so they could continue to operate. A properly insured contractor saves you from all liability should anything go wrong.
4. What new systems are out there?
Technology is constantly evolving in the HVAC world. Everyday we are learning of new products to offer our customers so don’t be afraid to ask! We have everything from smart thermostats to ductless systems that can be installed in virtually any space imaginable. You never know what might be the best product for you and your home.
5. Are there any rebates available?
Throughout the year, the government offers tax credits or rebates for homeowners who install new, energy-efficient appliances like air conditioning units. This can help homeowners offset the large cost involved in replacing their unit. Often times your contractor will be able to even help you combine tax rebates and tax breaks to get the most savings. These deals often mean you will be upgrading to a high efficiency system which is easier on your wallet in the long run!
When you’re looking to get a central AC estimate, you will inevitably have lots of questions and concerns. The right contractor will be happy to help you figure out just what system is best fit for your home. There are no bad questions so ask away!