The most important part of shopping for a new indoor comfort system is to pick the right HVAC contractor. From the multitude of hvac contractors choose the wrong one, and you risk getting a new HVAC system that may fail after only a few years of operation from shoddy hvac construction.
Have you been shocked by the hourly rate you pay to a technician on a recent servicing call? Our rates are not quite at the $200 per hour rate, but many in our industry are (whether you know it or not due to flat rate pricing). However, when all costs of business are factored in, this rate is not as outrageous as it seems.
The above question is one always encountered in this industry. Many people equate getting the “best furnace at the lowest price” as getting the best “value”. Another way to look at the question is “What is more important, the furnace brand or the dealer?” The reality is that, unlike buying a car, choosing the furnace dealer is a much more critical factor than choosing the furnace brand.
Seems like all HVAC manufacturers and contractors are trying to up-sell more expensive systems that cost thousands of dollars more than the ‘basic builders model’? Is the added cost for this warranted? The simplest and most expedient answer is ‘maybe yes, maybe no’.