Mistakes to Avoid When Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems

If either your heating system or your cooling system (or both if you are unlucky!) has finally given up or is operating with an energy efficiency that is resulting in you paying over the odds each year to heat and cool your home, the replacement you purchase must be carefully selected. Not all heating and cooling systems are produced equal, and neither are the companies that install them. When replacing heating and cooling systems it’s always best to work with a reputable company that has an established track record of success and is able to help you analyze all available options before settling on a model that meets the specific requirements of your home.
AirPlus is one of the leading HVAC companies in the Toronto area, having served thousands of clients over a 20 year period. We are an active member of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), and are constantly refining our services to offer you the best customer experience around. When replacing heating and cooling systems, the same mistakes are often repeated by many homeowners, some of which we are going to outline in this post to ensure you avoid them.

What Not to Do When Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems

Making these mistakes is relatively easy to do if you don’t have much knowledge of heating and cooling system installations, so if you have committed any of these errors in the past, don’t be too hard on yourself. This is another good reason to work with experienced HVAC professionals. Anyway, some of the most common mistakes include:

Purchasing a Heating or Cooling System that is the Wrong Size for Your Property

The amount of people that end up having an incorrectly sized system installed at their property is staggering, and making this mistake has a number of negative consequences. Firstly, a heating or cooling system that is too big or too small for your property will most likely increase your annual energy bills — exactly the opposite effect that you should be trying to achieve. An improperly sized systems will also create poor living conditions that result in you having to constantly compensate with the clothing that you wear around the house. This error has also been known to encourage the growth of mold in the ducts. AirPlus can visit your home and assess its physical characteristics in order to determine the exact size of system that you require.

Making Your Choice Based on Price Alone

In the average property, the heating and cooling systems are not only two of the most important components, but they are also generally two of the more expensive devices you will own. For that reason, it’s not always wise to select your new system based on price alone, as you’ll often find that with heating and cooling, you get what you pay for. Don’t just look at the upfront cost either; check the length of warranty that comes with it, whether professional installation is included, and what energy efficiency rating it has. Also, be wary of offers that seem too good to be true, because they usually are. Second rate equipment and a poor quality installation is likely what you will get.

Not Asking for a Written Estimate

Before you allow an installer into your home to fit new heating and cooling systems, you first must get a written estimate that outlines the total cost you will be expected to pay for the unit itself, in addition to the installation. If you give the go-ahead without having this in your possession, it’s almost like a license for the company to charge you what they want after the work has been done. AirPlus always provides written estimates before work is started.

Working with a Contractor that Has No Reputation

The temptation to work with a HVAC contractor just because they are offering incredible rates must be resisted. Their rates will be considerably cheaper than other contractors in Toronto for a reason; no proper license, low quality installation equipment and no product or labour guarantees are the usual factors that allow them to offer low prices. Remember, even if you buy the best heating and cooling systems available, a poor quality installation job can result in below-par performance that actually increases your annual energy costs.

Failure to Request Training After the Installation

The vast majority of reputable heating and cooling installation companies will be more than happy to spend some time with you to show you how to properly operate the equipment. They will also be able to advise you of any simple maintenance tasks you can do to ensure optimal performance, in addition letting you know how often the unit will need to be professionally serviced. Failure to receive this training could result in your heating and cooling systems performing at a lower level than they should.
If you are in the market for new heating and cooling systems and want some professional assistance to help you narrow down your search and identify the ideal system type, size and model for your home, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

We can be reached on (416) 298-6874 for your heating and cooling question.

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