Looking to have a furnace installed in your home? Make sure you ask your Charleston-based HVAC professional these 5 questions first.
1. Do you have a license to work in Charleston, SC and insurance?
When you ask LimRic if we are licensed we will provide with our license number. If a contractor is unwilling to give you their license number it could mean they don’t want you looking them up at the South Carolina Department of Labor. https://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/Resbu/Resbu.aspx?div=46 If that is the case, keep searching. Also, never let anyone work on your home that doesn’t have liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
2. How will you figure out what size furnace I need?
Square footage can be used to estimate the size furnace you need. However, most qualified technicians use calculations from Manual J. This guide takes your home’s location, i.e. Charleston vs Alaska, into account as well as the building materials and insulation levels to help determine the right size furnace for your home.
3. How efficient should my new furnace be?
Buying an Energy Star rated furnace typically costs more up front than a lower rated furnace. Gas and oil prices do fluctuate, so it’s possible that an energy efficient unit could pay for itself sooner than expected. Regardless of what you choose to put in your Charleston home, the cost of furnace installation shouldn’t fluctuate significantly based on energy efficiency.
4. Are there any rebates available that might help reduce the cost of the overall furnace installation?
Do your homework and get to know which furnace heating systems are available to you. But remember, we at LimRic are resource. Throughout the furnace installation process we’ll work with you to find ways for you to defray the costs of a higher efficiency unit through rebates and energy efficiency programs.
5. Will they itemize the bid?
An itemized bid should get you reasonably close to your final expected costs and if you encounter an HVAC contractor unwilling to provide a clear and thorough one, move one to a company like, LimRic.
We’re confident and proud of the quality of our work. We’re homeowners too. We know the importance of bringing someone you can trust into your home. Don’t make your family endure anymore chilly, Charleston winter nights. Give us a call now.