Although when most other nations think of Canada, they think of ice and snow, the temperature rarely drops below freezing in Vancouver. Snow is a rare occurrence and even the rain is moderate. It is the second driest city in the country after Victoria. Surrounded by mountains and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver averages a temperate 25 degrees Celsius in the summer. With its beautiful scenery and weather, the city has attracted a dense ethnically diverse population of over 500,000 and has one of Canada’s hottest real estate markets. Luckily for its citizens there are over 100 heating and cooling companies ready to service their homes.
What Should I Look For In An Air Conditioner Or Furnace?
When purchasing an air conditioner or furnace, it is important to do your research. After all, the average price of these units in Vancouver is $3000 to $5000, and knowing what to look for can save you money and avoid stress.
If it seems to good to be true: When it comes to a major purchase like this, it can be tempting to go with the lowest price out there, or to take advantage of a sweet deal. Although deals can be found, the best value for your money is a product that will stand the test of time, models that will be easier to find replacement parts for, and a good warranty. It is also important to make sure you are using a licensed HVAC service professional for installation. Your health and safety is not worth potentially saving a few dollars.
How Am I Going To Pay For This?
Many people only think about the cost of replacing their heating and cooling systems when they break down. The thought of finding the money to replace them in a pinch can be stressful. Luckily, there are several options available to consumers.
Similar to purchasing a car, you have the option to buy your furnace or air conditioner outright, or you can finance the purchase price into monthly payments. Payment periods can range anywhere from 12 months to 15 years. This can be a good option for landlords or business owners so they can build the costs into their rent or monthly expenses.
Lease To Own
Another option is lease to own. This is an option where the cost of the furnace or air conditioner is spread over many years. During this time the units are usually covered for any maintenance or breakdown that can occur. At the end of the period, the homeowner has the option to own the units outright without further payment or continue to pay to receive coverage against repairs.