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Top Financial Tips for Your HVAC System


As any homeowner might already know, appliances can be extremely expensive to maintain and install. When you’re renting your first apartment or living in a transitionary period, it’s much easier to have a landlord deal with those expenses while you save your money and spend it on things you enjoy.

But when you’re settling down and making a long-term commitment, homeownership can be rewarding–if done correctly.

Your HVAC system represents an essential part of your home. No home is complete without a powerful heating installation in Waterloo, IA, but clearing out your bank account for said heating system might not be a smart choice either. Maintaining the equipment in your home is always an important point to consider, and you should make these choices responsibly.

So, how can you make a good financial decision when it comes to such expensive equipment? Here are just a few tips you can follow.

Repair, Replacement, and Upgrades

Before you sign the check and deal with the consequences, it’s always a good idea to think about the service you’re looking at in comparison to other types of services. For instance, if you’re paying for a repair when a replacement might actually save you more money, then you might want to consider that.

  • Repairs are essential if you’ve got a heating system that’s fairly new and efficient. Repairs are the most inexpensive on this list, and they’re only for units that you think have plenty of life left in them.
  • Replacements are needed when your heating system is about to go. For forced-air heaters like furnaces and heat pumps, that point is at the end of the 10-15 year lifespan. For boilers, that can be 20 years maximum.
  • Upgrades are for people who are not particularly happy with their heating systems and would like a big change. These can be costly and less necessary, but they’re worth every penny if you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, efficient, and make your family happy.

Getting the Full Package With a Pro

It might seem like the most affordable option to just purchase a system and install it yourself, but even if you’re strapped for cash, this is a mistake.

Not only will you be on the hook for any mistakes, but you won’t get to take advantage of some awesome packages available, like our 2-Year Buy It Back Guarantee or 10-Year No Service Fee Deal.

These can save you money in the long term and give you protection in case anything goes wrong in the near future.

Think About Other Upgrades

One thing to consider is that there are other ways to improve your home comfort than just investing in a heating or cooling system. A whole house humidifier, for instance, will actually do a great job of improving the heat in your home since humidity holds heat a lot better than dry air. These systems are less expensive to install than a brand-new heating unit, so you might be better off upgrading with one of these systems instead.

There are countless systems out there that can improve your comfort that aren’t heating units, from smart thermostats to duct improvements. Just make sure you get a professional opinion before signing up for any work.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Falls area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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