If your current HVAC system is starting to show its age and require frequent repairs, or if you want to make your home more energy-efficient, it's time to replace your HVAC system with a newer unit. However, if you're short on time and can't view your options in person, or have a limited number of HVAC dealers in your area, you can purchase a system from an online HVAC dealer. Follow these guidelines when purchasing an HVAC system online.
1. Check That the System is Suitable for the Size of Your Home
One mistake that homeowners commonly make when purchasing an HVAC system is selecting a system that isn't appropriate for the size of their home. If you purchase a system that's meant for a smaller property, it won't properly heat and cool your home. Since the system is technically too small for your home, it will waste energy trying to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
However, if you opt for a system that's designed for larger properties, this will also lower the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system. The system may run too frequently and provide inconsistent heating and cooling, or the unit might cut off before your whole home is a comfortable temperature.
When browsing potential HVAC systems, look to see what square footage they're appropriate for. Many HVAC dealers have a tool that helps you determine your best HVAC options for the size and layout of your home. You should also confirm that potential systems utilize your preferred energy source.
2. Carefully Examine What the Quoted Price Includes
Most HVAC dealers list prices for their systems online, or enable you to request a quote for a specific system. However, you need to take a few moments and determine exactly what these prices include.
Is the price just for the primary HVAC equipment, or does it also include the items necessary to install the system, like the ducts and drain lines? Some HVAC dealers offer installation, while others require you to find your own contractor to install the system. If installation is an option, does the price include installation, or is that a separate charge? Check if the price includes shipping to your home and any applicable sales tax.
If the price does include shipping, does this mean that the delivery company will bring the unit to your desired location on your property or will they just drop it off at your door? HVAC systems are heavy, and you may have to pay extra to get the system delivered to a specific room or exterior site.