Buying a new heating and cooling system for your eastern North Carolina home is a lot more complicated than going out and purchasing new furniture or an appliance that’s for sure. Plus, the potential consequences of buying the wrong HVAC system can cause problems in home comfort for as long as you own the system.

Following are some of the most common mistakes homeowners make when buying HVAC equipment:

Selecting the wrong size. Installing an over-sized cooling and heating system can be just as bad as buying an under-sized system. It will waste energy, stress components and end up not heating and cooling your home evenly. Your contractor should insist upon following a precise sizing protocol that takes into account your home’s heating and cooling load — which is how much heating and cooling is required to make your home comfortable.

Working with the wrong contractor. Do your research, both online and with people you know and trust, before selecting an HVAC contractor to install your heating and air equipment in your home. Ask questions, such as how long they have been in business, or even request references, a reputable company will not have a problem providing this information.

Taking an estimate for an installation or major repair over the phone. A good HVAC contractor will insist upon visiting your home and inspecting the situation before recommending a certain type of system.

Not paying sufficient attention to energy efficiency. If your new HVAC system consumes too much energy to produce comfortable heating and cooling, you’ll see costly consequences on your monthly utility bills.

Not selecting a good maintenance plan along with your new HVAC system. A maintenance plan ensures that your new furnace, A/C or heat pump gets the professional service that it requires to operate effectively and efficiently for many years.

Understanding Your Warranty. Keep your paperwork so that you are aware of what is covered and for how long on your new system.

For more advice on how to avoid buying mistakes when you purchase a new HVAC system, contact the professionals at Jackson & Sons Heating and Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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