We get it — purchasing and installing a new HVAC system isn’t cheap. According to Angi, a new HVAC system can cost anywhere from $5,000 for smaller houses up to $12,500 for larger homes. Considering the cost and importance of the HVAC system, it’s imperative to get it right! Not only that, it’s vital to save as much money as possible on the purchase and installation of your HVAC system. Fortunately, we’ve outlined a few tips you can use to choose the best system and save money.

Research Local and State Incentives

Whether you know it, your local utility company may offer different incentives, offers, and rebates for replacing your old HVAC system with a newer, more energy-efficient unit. Because of this, research any offer provided by your local utility company or state agencies. In some instances, you can stack these offers with other incentives. Use the following links to see if there are any deals in your area:

Researching local or state incentives could save you thousands of dollars on the cost of your HVAC system — in addition to the savings you’ll enjoy on your energy bill.

Timing Is of the Essence

Whether you purchase a jacket, a car, or even a computer, the timing matters. As such, if possible, try to time the purchase. HVAC system and installation rates are highest in summer and winter because of higher demand. If your HVAC system isn’t urgent or an emergency, you may be able to save money by negotiating the timing of the purchase. Ideally, your HVAC system should be purchased and installed in the spring or fall when HVAC contractors are less busy. Many contractors may even offer special savings and discounts during the slower seasons to drum up business.

Make Sure Your Right-Size Your HVAC System

When choosing an HVAC system for your home, bigger isn’t always better. Bigger can, however, be more expensive. Because of this, work with an experienced contractor to right-size your HVAC system. In addition to the cost, a system that is too small or large for your home will not provide the best comfort levels. Right-sizing your HVAC system will involve relatively complex calculations and measurements that an inexperienced HVAC technician will not have the skill or expertise to perform. Additional tips you should consider when right-sizing your HVAC system include:

  • Choose an energy-efficient system. While these may cost more upfront, you can potentially earn the initial cost outlay back and more on energy savings.
  • Ensure your system offers sufficient airflow to keep all rooms comfortable.
  • Make sure to consider the amount of maintenance the system requires. Choosing a system that requires less maintenance can save thousands over the unit’s life.

Work with a Credible HVAC Contractor

When you choose an HVAC system, you will pay for what you get. While this doesn’t mean you should always go with the most expensive option, the cheapest contractor may cost you significantly more in the long run. Instead, choosing an experienced contractor with excellent customer reviews is best. A few key places to check for reviews and more information on a potential HVAC contractor are:

  • The Better Business Bureau
  • Yelp
  • Angi’s List

Paying a premium for a contractor with stellar reviews can pay off over the long run.

Warranty Matters

In addition to the installation cost and the HVAC system, the warranty can impact your total cost. Most installers will offer a manufacturer’s warranty that protects you from faulty equipment. Some HVAC contractors may even guarantee the installation. In either case, you should be clear about what is covered by the warranty and what is not. And consider the pros and cons of purchasing an extended warranty and thoroughly discuss all options in your contract.

Contact Comfort System

Selecting the best HVAC system can be challenging because you don’t do it every day or every decade, considering the average HVAC system can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Fortunately, the experts at Comfort Systems can help. Because there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, our experts can help you choose the best solution for your home and budget.

We have the expertise to perform all the necessary calculations to understand your home’s heating and cooling needs. We can help you explore all local, state, and federal incentives and rebates that may be available to help you maximize your savings. We will also ensure you understand your warranty options and explain the ins and outs of purchasing additional coverage. From start to finish, Comfort Systems will guide you through the process and help you make the best decision for your budget and home.

Contact Comfort Systems today.