Buying hvac systems online does have its benefits. However, let’s look closer on some of the things that you need to consider before making a final purchase online or even in an hvac retail shop near you. The main advantage of buying an hvac systems (Air Conditioner, Boiler or Furnace) online is the elimination of other parties involved in the transaction. This can provide a substantial cost saving benefit as most HVAC contractors build in a large margin when pricing out and installing your hvac system. Now days, you can make a few calls or do an online search for what you’re looking and be able to find a reasonable price, without a contractor involved.
So, if you do decide to go at it on your own, what are some of the things to consider when purchasing hvac systems online? First, you need to know the exact model of your Air Conditioner, Heating Pump or Furnace. The model and size of your hvac system is directly related to the size of your house or condominium. If the Air Conditioner is too small for example, it would not do an adequate job. Same concept applies when looking at a Furnace. If the Furnace is too large for the square footage, this will cycle more often than needed, thereby increasing your heating bill. The simplest way to calculate the right size of your hvac system need is to do a load calculation or simply replace the existing unit, if a unit was available before. If you’re familiar with an HVAC load calculation, ask the HVAC shop to assist you. Normally, this is free of charge.
Second and equally important is the brand that you are looking for. If you have a “favorite” brand, go for it however, most hvac systems now days are very reliable and do provide quality. Speaking of quality, this should be backed by a warranty from the manufacturer. Check the brand and read their warranty carefully. Some HVAC brands in the market void your warranty completely if you buy their products online. So be careful here, you don’t want to end up spending thousands of dollars on a new Furnace only to find out that you’re not covered by a warranty in case something goes wrong. If you’re calling an installer to do the work, also note that the contractor will not give you a warranty on the actual HVAC part and will also not be responsible for a faulty part. Consider this when looking at installing your HVAC systems.
If you’re not qualified to install your new HVAC system, ask your friends for referrals first. Referrals are the best way to get a trusted and professional HVAC installer. If you don’t know anyone, do make some local calls. Ask for reference and proof of work. Additionally, ask for contact number of some of the clients that used a particular HVAC installer to double check the work done. If all adds up positively, give it a chance. Also, consider if the installer is insured and has all the legal paper work available and up to date.
It’s true that buying HVAC systems online can save you hundreds of dollars. However, do your due diligence before committing to a final purchase. Make sure that you are certain of the exact model and size that best fits your house and overall heating and cooling needs. You don’t want to end up buying the wrong HVAC systems or part as this will create more wasted time and money in the end. If you’re not sure, ask your friends and relatives. If further in doubt, hire a professional HVAC installer or contractor. In the end, what seems to be expensive may actually cost less than to go at it alone if don’t have at least the basics of HVAC known.