Most people don’t think much about their heating and cooling systems, at least until there is a major problem. If you are consulting with a heating contractor about a possible system repair or replacement, it is a good idea to have some questions to ask so that you can clarify your situation and make the best decision possible. An honest and reliable heating contractor will always take the time you need to answer your questions, discuss your options and respect you needing time to make a decision. If you ever feel pressured by a heating contractor to make a quick decision, it is a good indication that you should find a different heating professional to take care of your needs.
Here are some questions you might want to ask your heating contractor:
- Can you provide me with a free, no obligation itemized estimate with options so I can decide how to move forward? Also, can you tell me what the expected lifespan of each option would be?
- What is the most energy-efficient option, and how does the cost compare to other options? Higher energy efficiency will save you a significant amount of money over the lifetime of an HVAC system.
- What size system do you think I need, and how does that compare to what I have now? Having an HVAC system that is too big is just as problematic as having one that is too small.
- Does my home need additional humidity solutions?
- Are you aware of any tax credits, special offers or rebates that can help me offset the cost of my new system?
- What is the recommended maintenance schedule for my new system?