Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Air Conditioners, Furnaces, & getting what you pay for.

In today's economy, everyone is looking for a way to keep their cost of living down and maintain their way of life and in my 37 years on this earth I have learned that this is almost impossible unless you sacrifice the latter. As I go out to consumers homes on a day to day basis, I see beautiful homes with nice cars parked in the driveway, but when I see their A/C or furnace, on some occasions, I see CHEAP! If people only knew what the true cost of going with the cheapest quote really was they would think twice. Maybe it's because people don't look as good standing beside their new Trane high efficiency system as they do in the 2011 Range Rover Sport. While I do understand that you may look great in that new Range Rover, you'll actually look smarter standing next to the energy efficient Trane system. The first reason is due to the fact that energy cost are not coming down! Every year the cost of our energy consumption rises! So while you decide to go with the cheaper product that has a low rating on the consumer report, not only does energy cost stay the same, but your repair cost to a less reliable system increases. Let's create a Pro & Con list.

Cheaper/Less Efficient Product Trane/High Efficient System
1) Less expensive ($4,000) 1) More expensive ($6,000)
2) Lower reliability 2) High reliability (check consumer rep.)
3) cheaper parts 3) quality parts
4) repair cost 4) usually no repair cost
5) shorter life span 5) longevity
6)Another ($4,000) to replace . 6) Still working & still saving.

So the next time you are in need of an HVAC system replacement, make sure you do thorough research and don't just go with the cheapest quote. At T.M. Street Heating & Air Conditioning, we will advise our customers of the best option for them based on their available income and we offer great financing options as well. Based on our experience we feel that Trane offers the best product around & since we offer the best service, we feel that joining with a company that operates under similar standards was a no brainer. It is true in all area's of life, you get what you pay for.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Are you getting a salesman or a technician in your home?

It sure feels cold inside! I don't think the heat is working. I guess I should call a HVAC repairman. But what if a salesman showed up instead. How would you feel? Would you be confident that the "salesman" would listen to your problem and look for the best and most cost efficient solution? Well did you know that most HVAC contractors have gone to a commission based pay for their employees. That basically means that if the technician doesn't sell you a new bill of goods then his income is going to be a little short. In this economy I'm sure most people would like a repair to take place verses someone selling them a new furnace or a/c unit. Make sure the contractor you call pays his employees and hourly rate and not commission so that you can be sure that the service technician doesn't have motives different than yours.