When it’s time to replace your heating or cooling system, you’ll need to request an HVAC estimate. Since this equipment can last for many years, it’s probably been a while since you last had to request an estimate. In fact, the average HVAC system can last about 15 to 20 years. The lifespan of yours will depend on the specific type of system it is and who the manufacturer was, as well as how well it’s been taken care of. Once you have a new HVAC system installed, remember to schedule routine maintenance visits for it so that it will last as long as possible!

Here’s How Other Companies Do an HVAC Estimate

The typical process for developing an HVAC estimate varies widely from one company to the next. Most HVAC companies will be in and out of your home in no more than 15 minutes to half an hour. The technician will take a look at your current heating or cooling system to get a sense of what your home already has.

Then, the technician will leave and the company will email or mail you a quote for a new installation. This method of developing an estimate certainly saves time for the HVAC company, but it isn’t necessarily the best way to go about it. The customer is at a disadvantage here because they do not get a good sense of what their options really are. With this rushed method, the customer doesn’t have a chance to discuss their questions and concerns. In addition, they aren’t able to develop a strong understanding of which system is best for their home and lifestyle.

Here’s How Intelligent Design Starts an HVAC Estimate

Here at Intelligent Design, we value our customers. We believe you deserve our full attention when it’s time to choose a new heating or cooling system. When our certified technicians arrive for your HVAC estimate, we won’t even look at your system right away. Instead, we start out at the kitchen table.

We’ll sit down with you to discuss your household’s needs and expectations. Some of the questions you can expect may include the following:

  • How old is your current heating or cooling system?
  • Have you been satisfied with your current heating or cooling system?
  • Have your electric bills been meeting your expectations?
  • Has your family stayed comfortable?
  • Are there any features that your current system doesn’t have that you would prefer to have in your new system?
  • Are you interested in a solar-powered AC to reduce your utility bills and your carbon footprint?
  • If you currently have a whole-house system, would you prefer a zoned system?

Once our certified technicians have a solid understanding of what works best for your family, we’ll consider what would work best for your house. Our technicians take accurate measurements of your home so that we can properly size the right system for your needs. Sizing an AC or furnace properly is critically important, and unfortunately, it’s something that a lot of HVAC companies do improperly. If you have the wrong size system, you can expect the following:

  • Your energy efficiency will decline.
  • Your electricity bills will go up.
  • Your home won’t be as comfortable.
  • Your system will prematurely die and require replacement.

As you can see, getting the size right is a crucial step in developing an accurate HVAC estimate.

Before we leave your home, we’ll also take the time to make sure you’re informed of the different options for your new system. We’ll explain the significance of terms like EER (energy efficiency ratio) and SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), and which ratings are best in a new system.

Here’s What You Can Expect After Your HVAC Estimate Consult

After your appointment, our certified technicians will develop your written HVAC estimate. It will include multiple options at different price points and varying levels of energy efficiency. We believe it’s important to give our customers options so that you can pick the perfect system for your needs and budget.

If you have any questions while you’re considering your options, you can always call our office at any time. Our office can have a certified technician give you a call to answer your questions. Once you’ve chosen the best option for your home, call our office and we’ll schedule your installation! All of our technicians are friendly professionals who will treat your home and family with the utmost in respect and courtesy.

When it’s time to replace an old or failing central air conditioner or heating system, you can count on the expert team at Intelligent Design. We’re the number one rated HVAC company in Southern Arizona! It’s thanks to our commitment to excellent customer service, the knowledge and experience of our certified technicians, and our transparent, affordable rates. Call our friendly office staff in Tucson at (520) 462-1538 to schedule an appointment for a completely free, no-obligation HVAC estimate!