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Beware of Buying HVAC Equipment Online

Air_Conditioning_Air_Conditioner_Repairing_Cold_Temperature_Work_Tool_Examining-meEvery prudent homeowner is interested in saving money, and we’re always looking for ways to accomplish what we need for our homes without spending more than we have to. It’s an admirable policy, but be careful that it doesn’t turn around and bite you.

In the interest of saving money, many people invest in products or services that don’t give good value, which ends up costing you more in the long run than spending a little extra to make sure the job is done right in the first place.

Spring is the time of year when homeowners invest in their HVAC system, either with upgrades like new thermostats and zone control systems or with an entirely new cooling system. Conducting such operations now means having the new equipment or system in place and ready to go by the time summer hits.

In many cases, however, homeowners will try to save money by purchasing HVAC equipment online, then hiring a professional service to perform the installation once it arrives. On paper, that sounds like a good idea. Online purchases often cost less than direct purchases, and technicians can still perform a proper installation on them, but as always, there’s a cost to doing so.

  1. Improper Sizing. New HVAC equipment needs to be sized properly, not only to match any existing parts of your system but to match the specific needs of your home. That usually entails an energy audit and other calculations, which on-site services perform as part of their installation. Buying equipment online short-circuits that equation, running the risk of an improperly sized unit or one that isn’t set up to work in conjunction with your existing system. That can turn into a big headache very quickly.
  2. No Warranty. Online purchases are rarely covered by a warranty, which often leaves you on the hook for any unexpected costs or problems. A system purchased under the auspices of a trained dealership, on the other hand, comes with a number of protections, ensuring that you don’t have to pay for the mistake should the unexpected occur.
  3. Direct Service. We’re very used to the internet keeping us all connected and allowing us to make purchases ourselves instead of depending on local businesses. Sometimes, however, it pays for a trained expert to examine your home and provide the hands-on service required to meet your needs. That way, they can discuss your options with you and note any unique features in your home that may come into play: providing you with equipment that assuredly meets your needs instead of equipment you just have to guess on and hope for the best.

At Aspen Cooling & Heating, Inc., we pride ourselves not only on provided accurate advice and quality workmanship, but in using the best equipment on the market and ensuring that you get the precise model of HVAC system you need in your Vista, CA home.

If you’re looking for improvements to your home HVAC system, don’t search online just to save a few bucks. Call on us to get the most value for your dollar!

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