Step 1: Establish a budget. Since there are so many options, it is important to determine your budget. Many Hvac companies also have financing available.
Step 2: Do your research. Research different brands. Just like any type of purchase, there is a wide variety available. Perform and online search for various reviews on the brand equipment. Consumer Report also has a ranking for Hvac equipment that is helpful for any homeowner.
Step 3: Find a qualified contractor. Step 3 is by far the most important step in this process. Your purchase is only as good as the contractor installing it. Make sure the contractor has the proper licenses and insurance. Find a contractor that you can rely will be there for you in the event you have any issues. Most contractors will provide some sort of labor warranty. You want to make sure that they will ensure your issues will not go unresolved.
Step 4: Get an estimate. Ask the contractor questions. It is important for the line of communication is clear between yourself and your contractor. It would also be a good time to give your contractor an estimated budget so that they can provide the best possible options for your price range. The contractor should supply he brand name and model number of he unit they are recommending you. After your estimate you may have a reference for doing additional research on the equipment.
Step 5: Review all of your information. Look at all of your research and estimates from your qualified contractors. Feel confident in the estimate you were given and the company you are choosing. If you are still unsure which company to choose, ask the company for some references in your area. Speaking with another customer may put your concerns at ease.