Money is the biggest reason so many homeowners, business owners, commercial companies, and apartment landlords to name a few let so many HVAC repairs go unattended to. Usually it boils down to a tightly squeezed budget or poor planning for larger repairs and replacements. There are several other reasons also (in the case of schools, anyway, but you can read more about that here), but money is usually what it boils down to.
However, there are ways you can save money for your next HVAC repair or a brand new installation! Here are our suggestions on how to do just that.
Sign up for financing
There are more financing programs available for homeowners than there used to be, some offered by local energy companies and banks to help new homeowners or those with a lower income out with expenses.
However, an even easier program people can sign up for is SNAP—you can check out our page, or even our blog post, on how to apply and why this program is so helpful. It’s available to both homeowners and commercial businesses who need to pay for HVAC, but need the money required sooner rather than later (most programs force you to wait for a few weeks before the first payment to you is sent and received; with SNAP it’s instant).
Perform proper maintenance and cleaning
There’s a common saying which is “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” i.e. prevention is the best way to avoid needing a cure for help. That definitely applies to any HVAC equipment in your home or at your workplace!
If you want to avoid an expensive repair job, you need to perform proper maintenance and cleaning on your HVAC systems. Depending on the system itself, this only needs to be done occasionally and it usually doesn’t take very long. The other option is to hire a technician to perform regular inspections and tune-ups for you to ensure your systems are working in their peak condition and that there are no warning signs of breakdown or repair needed.
Know the signs
Understanding the signs of something going or gone wrong with your HVAC is another way to save money, because the sooner the problem is fixed, the less it will cost you long term. We’ve written several blog posts about these telltale signs because we want to help you be smarter about the systems you use daily.
It’s pretty disastrous and stressful to find out your furnace has stopped working or isn’t doing its best when it’s too cold out for comfort! That’s why knowing the signs of gradual wear and tear, among other things, can help you save money in the long run. It will help you understand the difference between a fix you can do yourself, such as changing the air filter in the furnace, versus a task that needs a professional’s touch such as a faulty thermostat.
Deals and rebates
Many local utility companies including BC Hydro and Energy Star offer rebates and incentives in the event your current HVAC system needs to be outright replaced. Try to submit for both and stack offers so that you can take a giant chunk out of the overall cost of your new HVAC unit.
If you’re a member of certain companies such as Costco, you’re in luck. They may offer you a good deal or a store rebate card if you should purchase a new unit through their partners. Even if you aren’t a member, they’re good resources to use for finding information about the latest systems on the market.
You can also ask us at Rep-Air about new HVAC! Spring and fall are usually the seasons when we’re way less busy inspecting and repairing equipment, and we have the know-how to install new systems at a discount. All you have to do is ask!
Replace it, don’t repair it
It seems hard to believe that in order to save money you need to spend it on newer equipment, but it’s true. In the long run, it can actually cost you more money to repair an older HVAC unit than it will to replace it outright for several reasons. One is that the parts needed for repairs may no longer even exist because the unit was made over 30 years ago. Another is that an older system can raise your energy expenses if it’s running incorrectly.
If you’re currently on the fence about outright replacing your current HVAC units or getting repairs done, you can always ask us to help with that too. Let us know about how else we can help you save money and lower your energy bills! At Rep-Air Heating And Cooling we provide our customers with many options that will best suit your needs from heating and cooling to refrigeration. Contact us today for your complimentary quote: 1-833-487-2653 or firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to take a look at our website: https://repairheatingandcooling.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for free giveaways!