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heater replacementIf your furnace or heating & air system has just died, you’ve got some tough and quick decisions. Take a deep breath and don’t rush into an uninformed choice regarding heater replacement, and take care to avoid the following 5 common pitfalls made by buyers.

  1. Ignoring the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. The more efficient the system, the less money you’ll spend every month on heating your home. In comparison to an old unit, a high-efficiency unit can cut your energy bills by 50%, while also providing increased comfort.
  2. Only getting one estimate. Options and prices for heater replacement vary, as do permits, installation costs and service contracts. Shop around and compare apples with apples.
  3. Accepting the cheapest price. The lowest price doesn’t necessarily translate to the best value. A high-efficiency unit might cost $800 more, but it could save you $300 in energy costs every year, paying for itself in less than 3 years.
  4. Overlooking a maintenance contract. To keep your system working optimally throughout its life, maintenance is necessary. A contract can not only help avoid preventable and expensive repairs in the future, but also extend the life of the system.
  5. Missing rebate opportunities. Many manufacturers and states offer rebates to help homeowners offset some of the cost of heater replacement, especially those that are high-efficiency. To learn more, visit www.dsireusa.org or talk to one of our contractors.

At Cool Comfort Heating & Air, we provide residents in the Lake Norman area with installation, repair, service and replacement of all brands of HVAC systems. Clients love our 24/7 emergency service and our extended warranties. Please contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.