If you’re a homeowner and you’ve been experiencing problems with your HVAC system and a professional has told you that your entire system needs to be replaced, then you are likely trying to find ways to save as much money as possible. This might lead you to purchase a new system as cheaply as possible, while opting to perform the installation yourself. It’s true that a new HVAC system, including installation, can be a pretty costly investment, but it is an investment that must be handled strategically, regardless of the entire cost. Here are five factors to consider for the best HVAC installations.
Factor One – New HVAC Installations Can Be Complicated
When you purchase a new HVAC system, you can expect it to last for many years without giving you any problems, as most brand-new HVAC systems are pretty dependable, long-lasting, and efficient. However, one aspect of purchasing a brand-new system that you need to consider is that installing such a system takes specific skills and knowledge. Even though you’re not attempting to repair the system, it is still imperative that you’re familiar with all aspects of the system if you expect to perform a proper installation. Without the proper skills or knowledge of HVAC systems, then you could end up with an improperly installed HVAC.
If you have an improperly installed HVAC, then you can expect several issues. First of all, the system will likely fail to function properly if it’s been installed incorrectly. Secondly, an amateur attempting to install an HVAC system could possibly damage the new system, making it necessary to repair or exchange the entire unit. It is also possible for you to injure yourself by attempting to install your new HVAC system, as there are many potentially harmful parts of the system and processes that could cause danger.
Factor Two – Preparing for a New HVAC Installation is Extensive
Properly installing a new HVAC system may not always be as simple as it appears, as it’s not as easy as you might believe. Not only is the job very time-consuming, often taking as many as eight – ten hours, but there are some things that must be taken care of prior to the actual installation. There are often permits to obtain, and only certified HVAC professionals can obtain these necessary permits. Not all HVAC professionals obtain permits, but it’s best to deal with a company that does, as obtaining a permit ensures that there will be an inspection. An inspection can assure you that the job has been done properly and that there are no safety hazards.
Factor Three – The Day of Installation
The day of the actual installation will include a flurry of activity. First of all, your team will likely arrive first thing in the morning, since installing an HVAC system usually lasts all day, if not one and a half or two days. You will want to ensure that you choose a reputable installer so you will know who to expect on the day of installation. It can sometimes be nerve-racking to have installers show up at your home in an unmarked vehicle, because with so many scams going on in the world, it can be difficult to ensure that the installers are who they’re supposed to be. A reputable HVAC company will ensure that installers arrive in a vehicle that displays the company name. Installers will arrive with the proper permits, wearing company uniforms, and also wearing name tags as a means of identification.
Another thing that you can expect from installers from a reputable HVAC company are installers that respect you and your home. Such installers will ensure that they wear face masks, covers over their shoes, and utilize drop cloths to protect your furniture and floors from dirt and debris. You might opt for choosing the first HVAC company that you come across in order to save time but taking your time to find the absolute best company is a good idea.
Factor Four – Is Everything Disposed of Properly?
Another thing to consider when it comes to having your brand-new HVAC system installed is how everything will be disposed of. There is the old HVAC system to consider, as well as materials, and even refrigerant from the existing unit. Disposing of refrigerant involves a special process to minimize the chances of refrigerant being disposed of improperly, which could pose a danger to people as well as the environment. In fact, there are EPA regulations that dictate how it needs to be disposed of, and only reputable companies follow this protocol.
Factor Five – Unexpected Issues That Could Arise
An HVAC professional never knows what to expect during an installation, as there are a variety of unexpected issues that could emerge. However, regardless of the issue that might arise, whether it involves plumbing, electrical, or something completely different, a true professional comes prepared, and can expertly handle any issue that might arise. You don’t want to choose an uncertified company that doesn’t have much experience, because if unexpected problems were to occur during the installation, then they might panic or fail to manage the issue properly. It’s always better to hire a more experienced professional that is licensed and that follows all the rules and guidelines.