AC Service | 4 Top Questions
AC Service | Next to your mortgage, utility bills are the among the highest costs of operating a household. Central air conditioning can make up a large part of your utilities, and the older a system is, the less reliable it becomes. If you’re considering updating your system or installing central air for the first time, it’s important that you request an air conditioning estimatefrom a qualified, professional HVAC company. The right company will evaluate your needs, keep you informed at every stage of the ac service and install your system correctly.
Ask the Right Questions
Start your research by reading company reviews, asking friends for referrals and being prepared with questions to ask when you meet with an estimator.
1. What size or capacity system do I need to properly cool my home? How do you determine the size of the air conditioning unit needed? Learn about the calculation that professionals should use to determine the size you need, called the Manual J Load Calculation.
2. Can the current installed ductwork be used (if any) and what is the condition of the existing ductwork? Are there leaks? Should the ductwork be cleaned during the install?
3. Can you provide proof that your company is bonded and insured? Will you provide your estimate in writing, with all of the terms and conditions we discuss during the ac service?
4. Are there new technologies I should consider, like a ductless system, or upgraded accessories to add, like digital / remote-operated thermostats? Learn about air conditioning options for homes with a boiler system (no ductwork).