The Essentials of HVAC Quotes – What You Need to Know
- August 4, 2023
- Posted by: Atel Air
- Category: Home Comfort, HVAC System Advice
When it comes to getting an accurate HVAC quote, there are a number of factors to consider. Understanding the essentials of an HVAC quote can help you make an informed decision when selecting a contractor and ensure you get the most accurate quote for your needs.
Here at Atel Air, we are often asked for quotes over the phone or through our Facebook account. If only it were that easy! So many factors are at play, so it’s impossible to offer our customers a quick quote over the phone – we need to get into the house and see what we’re dealing with. Here’s why.
Factors Involved in HVAC Quotes
Some key factors to consider include:
- The type of system needed
- The size of the property
- The age and condition of the existing HVAC system
- Efficiency ratings and energy savings
- Additional features and customizations
- Brand and manufacturer choices
- Installation costs and timelines
- Maintenance and service plans
- Ensuring installation is up to code
All of these aspects play a role in giving people an accurate HVAC quote. We’ve all heard of people feeling cheated by other companies when their final bill is significantly higher than the estimate they received. This doesn’t happen when you choose Atel Air.
More importantly, there are additional factors that homeowners often don’t consider but that all HVAC contractors must take into consideration. In order to install a system in your home, we are legally obligated to meet three codes: the Canadian Electrical Code, the Natural Gas and Propane Code and the Building Code. Sure, it’s a lot of red tape, but these codes are in place to keep everyone safe, especially you, the homeowner. A system that isn’t up to code could lead to potential safety hazards and costly repairs down the road.
On top of all the things listed above, there are other factors at hand. These include the manufacturer’s installation requirements, which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, air flow and unit capacity. Each manufacturer will have their own specific instructions on how their system should be installed for optimal performance. Failure to do so could result in lower efficiency, shorter system lifespan, and potentially voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. These factors also require a site visit to fully understand what’s involved when installing a new unit at your location.
Before offering a quote, we need to get into your home and see the situation at hand. Only once we’ve assessed the full scope of your installation can we give you an accurate quote.
Unlike many other HVAC companies, Atel Air does not charge for this! We’re happy to offer a free inspection of your system. This lets you know the full extent of the issues at hand and our team a complete view of what we’re dealing with. There is no obligation on your part.
If you’re having heating or cooling issues or are ready to upgrade to a more energy-efficient unit, give us a call. However, before discussing price, ensure you’ve had a free inspection from one of our qualified HVAC technicians. It’s important to get a clear understanding of the installation costs upfront to avoid any surprises and ensure a smooth and efficient process. This will give you greater peace of mind and help us to serve you best.