4. The Cheapest Option is Not Always the Best One
It’s a good idea to look for a good deal. Just remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. A new furnace for under $2500 in most Canadian cities may seem like a steal, but could cause more headaches than it’s worth in the long run. Just make sure you do your research about the company.
A hastily-installed furnace is far likelier to break down or function incorrectly, leading to more headaches and expense in the long run. And if the company gave you such a low price, how likely are they to be there when something does go wrong? Established companies may charge a bit more, but they’ll also provide a good warranty on the labour and installation, and are likely to actually be available when you need a service call.
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Also, cheaper models tend to be single-stage, which means they only have one heating output level which can cause the unit to cycle on and off more frequently. This is more wasteful and can cause your home’s temperature to fluctuate more. Consider what your comfort is worth.
Do as much research as possible on the best furnace brands and models.
And for contractors, don’t just limit yourself to online reviews, look at the company’s work history, if they have any outstanding disputes, are they fully licensed and insured, are they a part of any industry organization, and so on.
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