How Do I Know if I am Getting Ripped Off by my HVAC Company?

How Do I Know if I am Getting Ripped Off by my HVAC Company?

If you are in the market for a new heating or cooling system for your home, you may be a bit skeptical about which HVAC company to hire to avoid getting ripped off. The HVAC industry may have gotten a bit of a bad rap in recent years due to crooked HVAC representatives taking advantage of a vulnerable situation. Much like with the automotive industry, the mechanic is at a clear advantage over the consumer because the average person is not at all familiar with the inner workings and operations of a motor vehicle. Shady mechanics have been known to exploit these types of situations by recommending unnecessary fixes and replacements. There have been many reports about the same thing happening with HVAC technicians. That is why it is crucial to find an HVAC company you can trust. How do you know if you are being ripped off by your HVAC company? There are several helpful hints and pointers that can help you avoid getting ripped off by an unscrupulous HVAC agent. Some suggestions are: Learn to recognize a scam Do some research Incessant tune ups and maintenance Make sure the company is qualified and experienced Make sure the company looks professional Learn to Recognize Scams There are all kinds of tricks and scams sketchy HVAC reps might try to pull on unsuspecting customers. Knowing how to spot these scams can save you a lot of time and money. Here are some hints to avoid getting scammed: Don’t just accept what the HVAC rep is saying to be true – get a second opinion if you have doubts Ask...
How Do I Know If I Have Mold In My HVAC System?

How Do I Know If I Have Mold In My HVAC System?

Finding mold in the home is something that will send a lot of homeowners into anxiety. One of the reasons for such a kind of reaction is because uncontrolled mold can lead to severe respiratory illnesses, skin reactions, and eye irritations. Some people may develop asthma after extended exposure to mold. Mold may go unnoticed in your HVAC system until it accumulates to perceptible levels. A maintenance technician should be able to alert you of mold in your system and advice you on ways to get rid of it. However, in the absence of professional help, these are the signs that you should look out for that indicate there is mold in your HVAC system. A pungent smell The first indication of mold in your HVAC system is an unpleasant smell. Mold has a unique stale smell and it will make your home smell unpleasant and old. The smell is something like bad food from the fridge, old clothes, or even pungent European cheese. You may notice the pungent smell increases when you run your air conditioner and that is a sure indication that there could be mold in your system. Visual signs The mold you will find in your HVAC system often looks just like the mold you will find elsewhere in your home. If you suspect that there may be mold in your HVAC system, open up a grate and look inside using a flashlight. If you see off-color or black spotting and irregular blemishes, then you definitely know that there is mold present in your system. In more severe cases, mold will be visible on your...
Importance of Timing In Scheduling HVAC Maintenance

Importance of Timing In Scheduling HVAC Maintenance

  For a comfortable home or office environment, HVAC is a necessity that cannot be overlooked. As much as an HVAC system is important in any room the worst thing that can happen is having to deal with a broken or inefficient HVAC system. The risk of broken down HVAC systems or inefficient systems is the number one reason HVAC maintenance is crucial. Experts all around the globe have a collective agreement that the key to a healthy HVAC system is regular maintenance. Preventive protection, regular maintenance, and scheduled cleaning all done at the proper timings can increase the lifespan of the HVAC system. As noted the routine maintenance of HVAC is a very crucial step to having a long lasting and efficient HVAC system. However, the term regular is relative, and many people tend not to know how often the systems need to undergo maintenance. Genuine HVAC contractors will let a customer know, too much maintenance on the system may end up being expensive, but inadequate maintenance can also lead to a broken-down HVAC system. It is for this reason that it is important to ensure proper timing in the scheduling of HVAC maintenance. When timing the schedule for HVAC, there are few tips to put into considerations. Time the beginning and end of summer and winter seasons For most individuals owning HVAC systems, maintenance is performed on the systems on an annual basis. However, this is not enough HVAC maintenance to ensure a yearlong peak functionality of the device. The HVAC systems have different concerns that need to be addressed on the various weather seasons. Summer and...

Pre-renovation Checklist: What is your Financial Plan?

We sure seem to be in the mood for improvements in this country and our homes are no exception. A recent construction study from Scotiabank suggested Canadians spent a record $53 billion on home renovations last year and that number was actually on par with what Canadians spent on new home builds. In a separate report from BMO, their research concluded over the past decade, renovation spending in Canada has been the single fastest growing segment of residential investment across the whole country.   Knowing that, chances are pretty good you too have done some recent improvements on your house or are in the very least thinking about getting some done. Whether it is fixing up the front walk and stairs or fitting the bathroom with safety guards in the shower, toilet and bathtub to full blown demolition and additions on your home, you need solid plans in place first and it all starts with proper finances.   The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests regardless of size, you enter into any renovation project well informed on all aspects of impending construction to help it go that much easier and hopefully, stay cost effective and stress free. Financial Advice How much money do you personally have on hand to get this project done? Will you be doing the labour yourself? If so, is there room on your credit cards to cover the cost of supplies (don’t forget the pizza and pop costs if you are getting family and friends over to help)? Will you need to take out a loan with the bank? Does refinancing your mortgage make more...
Keep the Peace: How Not to Annoy Your Neighbours During Renovations

Keep the Peace: How Not to Annoy Your Neighbours During Renovations

So, you have got your renovation financing in place, you have selected your contractor and all the plans and designs have been laid out to your specification. You are eager to get this project underway and for those sledgehammers to start swinging but what about all the people around you? You know, your neighbours to the left, right, front and back of you. Even people down the street or apartment dwellers nearby. Sound can travel far, especially the constant, repetitive, loud and grating noises particular to all things construction and renovation related. It is those noises that can ruin the quality of life of your neighbours and prevent them from enjoying their own homes while you are getting yours made over.   Give Notice This isn’t the ordinary duct cleaning, furnace repair of air conditioner installation we’re talking about here. This is about power tools, heavy machinery and major renovations and remodelling like putting in a new deck, tearing down walls and adding an addition onto your home. Those are the kinds of projects that make big noise so once you have your plans in place let your neighbours know all about them. Giving all those living around you a heads up before the demolition starts is a courteous thing to do and can give them enough of a head start to mentally prepare for the dust, noise and commotion to come. It’s worth taking the time to let your neighbours know how long the construction will last because not only is it disruptive from a volume standpoint, it usually means more vehicles will be in the neighbourhood and...
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