I am in the market for a new heating system as my home is 30 years old &
still has the original natural gas/forced warm air system. Are there any web
sites that rate/compare systems? I guess I'm looking for a place to start.
1. Post the question in alt.hvac and do the opposite of what they say.
2. Talk to your neighbors, church friends, folks at work, relatives, and
friends. Ask who they use, and if they are satisfied.
3. Call a couple of the yellow pages ads and ask them to come out and give
you a free estimate.
If anyone's name comes up several times like "Hey, we had Chris Young out,
and he sure did a great job, and his prices were fair" then go with him.
Look for people who are polite, have done the job a couple times, and who
give straight answers to questions without crude language and insults.
Christopher A. Young
Jesus: The Reason for the Season
"Stormin Mormon" email@example.com wrote in message
snipped the religious bs
yeah Stormin you forgot the most important things to look for, like are they
licensed, insured and bonded?
why aren't you out selling bibles door to door or something similiar? how
about volunteering for a mormon missionary position to iraq?
Dick, you also need some good answers.
Best compare site I've seen is at DOE, US Gov......
Next thought is do you have a source of something at a near constant temp,
or at least less range variation than the the outside air? A spring, a pond,
a septic system that neeeds replacing?
Med/large ponds are good if close, verticle water wells are great if
availiable, horizontal wells are expensive if exclusive.
Otherwise, it's free air (for heat pumps), which seems to influence market
prices for oil and gas.
This then sends you to capital costs, and the labor market, good luck.
The big 4 (oil, nat. gas, bottle gas, and heat pumps) seem to average out
even over time, in terms of fuel costs.
Avoid an electric backup, it seems to always be 3x other costs.
This is Turtle.
Your First and formost thing you want is to find a Good Respectiable Licenced
Bonded HVAC installer. Everything else is secondary.
Call 10 or more friends or people that you respect their opinion and ask them
who they call when they have a hvac problem and pick
from those listed the most.
You can also call the church of your choice or you attend and ask who does their
work and put his or her name in the list. Get 2 or
3 names if possible. This day and age big company or little companys does not
mean a thing . Go with these people and get them to
submit a bid and talk to them a good bit. You will get a gut feeling about 1 or
so as to you having a problem and having to deal
with them if you have a problem. If you feel you could deal with this one if you
had a problem and he answers all your question no
matter how dumb they maybe. You look at the one.
All brands have the good stuff and the cheap stuff so if the installer is
respectiable he will pick the good stuff out to use. Then
get you some bids and prices to look at and post back here to discuss the
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