Unfortunately, unless you live in an area that has a nice, comfortable temperature year-round, at some point you will have to replace the HVAC unit on your home. If you are lucky, you will notice the system is failing and have time to save money before the new unit is necessary. However, whether you have the money in a saving account now, or need to build up the funds, saving money on the unit and its installation should be important. Here are a few tips that may come in handy when you start looking for a new system.
Take Advantage of Discounts and Rebates
One of the first things to do is to call the local or state utility companies to find out if they are currently offering any type of incentive for replacing an old HVAC system. If your unit is old enough, it may not have been created as energy efficient as newer models. Of course, any unit will be more efficient than one that has worn down and quit working, but new advances in technology have made them even better. There are a number of companies and agencies that will offer some type of help if your new unit will be easy to the environment.
The big HVAC manufacturers often have discounts or rebates available for select units. However, be careful to compare these models to other models before making a decision. Sometimes the discounted amount is still more than the cost of a different model. Talk with an HVAC installation company to make sure of what you need and which models will fulfill those needs.
Decide to Go Off-Season
If you can wait until the off-season, you can usually get a better price not only on the unit but on the installation. Wait for a time when the weather is such that neither heating of cooling is not necessary for the comfort of your home. Of course, this may mean that you pass a discount or rebate. Talk with the companies to find out if you can purchase the unit now but wait for the installation if that will keep the pricing down.
While it might be financially uncomfortable to have to pay for a new HVAC system, remember that once it is installed you will begin to see a decrease in your heating and cooling bills. A new, energy efficient unit is sure to save you money over its life. It should also feel good to know that you no longer have to worry about it failing at any moment, leaving you too cold or too hot.