When you set up a heating or cooling system, you should, amongst other things, be thinking about value for money and getting a return from your investment. However, from the outside, it is not always easy to tell if you are getting excellent value service for the price you’ve been quoted.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on some of the tell-tale signs that you may be paying for more than you need to on your home heating and cooling services. Here are a few points you should consider when discussing heating or cooling systems with your service provider.
Paying Less Upfront Can Equal Paying More in the Long Run
If you are comparing quotes for cooling or heating installation, you will likely find it tempting to opt for the lowest bidder. Our advice in this regard would be to reconsider, because paying a small fee at the point of sale often means that you will likely end up having to pay for more maintenance further down the line. The old saying, “You get what you pay for” cannot be truer when selecting and installing a heating or cooling system.
It is a good idea to compare more than just the bottom line because more often than not, cheap rates can equal poor service, cheap units and terrible after sales support. When you choose a reputable contractor and brand at the point of sale, it is more likely you will benefit from a quality product and installation experience. The cost can be driven up by many factors, most which result from building a bigger business that is focused on providing a better outcome and service for the customer; having qualified trades people, the appropriate licences or sourcing the right unit (s) for your home among other things. Someone who is willing to compromise on the initial price, is probably also willing to compromise on the quality of the work.
Look for Signs of Poor Workmanship
One of the most significant ways people waste money when purchasing heating and cooling, is to pay good money for poor workmanship. Poorly installed services are likely to waste energy and will inevitably require more maintenance in the future, driving up the long-term costs.
However, it’s not always easy to spot these pitfalls on your own. That’s why it’s important to ask a service provider to run through their work with you, and always ask questions if you need more information.
Don’t Accept the First Offer You Get – Expect Transparency
You should always expect transparency from the company you sign up with. You should also expect, that your quote is based on a thorough inspection. Never accept upfront or over the phone quotes until a service provider inspects your property or has viewed your house plans (if you have them available).
Your ideal, cost-effective AC or heating system should be open to negotiation. If you have complex needs, you should be able to ask a service provider to talk you through the reasons behind a specific quote amount. Openness goes a long way, and will allow you to effectively compare pricing and features from different providers.
You could end up paying far too much for heating or cooling, so ask lots of questions, look for reliable quality, and don’t be afraid to consider options a little higher than the opening bid. These are only a few of the rules we think are worth you following. If you’d like to know more, please contact us directly, or consult our further guides.