There is always something new and evolving in the residential industry and folks you will always have problems and questions about your home.
One question that has come up more over the past few weeks is “Who do I call when I need to upgrade my furnace”? Currently there is a grant program being offered for furnace replacements and suddenly when these grants are announced all kinds of companies are selling furnaces.
Here are some considerations about purchasing a furnace.
Insist that the sales person coming to your home do a heat load calculation.
Brand of Furnace: Are they selling a particular brand and who is going to supply service and warranty?
Is this company selling other items such as windows, doors etc along with furnaces? If a new furnace and windows are installed there will be a need for exhaust ventilation. Are they selling only items that have grants or discounts available?
Does the company install the furnace or are they using a third party? Will you be able to find that installer at a later date?
Always check with the manufacturer’s supply warehouse as to who the installer is and are they trained technicians with their product.
Is the salesperson professional with their presentation and able to answer all your questions and concerns with regards to items such as the age of your home, ventilation in bathrooms, cold spots over a garage or car port, duct sizing and consideration of gas or wood burning fireplaces in your home.
Determine if it necessary to change your furnace and if so why?
Is the salesperson familiar with the term HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation)? If not I would suggest you do not want to deal with them.
If you are planning to buy with payment terms who is the financial provider/
Your initial deposit should not be more than 25% of the full contract amount.