E-commerce has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last few years. It has also found its way into the HVAC industry. The newest trend involves homeowners purchasing HVAC systems online. While it looks too easy and super convenient to pass up, there are some caveats to this growing sales trend.
Before buying an HVAC system online, know the pros and cons of purchasing equipment digitally.
The benefits you’ll enjoy by choosing to buy your equipment online include:
- Lower prices — Ordering an HVAC system online can save you money. You’ll pay for the price of the system only. However, you’ll need to have the system installed professionally, which will incure a higher cost.
- Affordable delivery — Most online retailers provide free delivery to your house. They also take responsibility for any damages to the equipment during shipping. However, they’re likely to leave the equipment outside. Some companies charge a fee to safely deliver the equipment to your room of choice.
Online HVAC purchases have some serious downsides, which include:
- Warranty disclaimers — Many HVAC manufacturers don’t honor warranties if the equipment is purchased over the internet.
- Wrong purchase — When buying an HVAC system online, the retailer can’t give a professional assessment of your home to determine the appropriate size you should purchase. Therefore, you’re highly likely to buy equipment that’s totally wrong for your house. A system that’s too small or too big won’t work effectively. The most accurate way of determining the perfect system size for your home is by having a qualified licensed contractor carry out a load calculation.
Currently, buying an HVAC system online could end up costing you more than what you initially paid for in the long run. For that reason, it’s best to look for a reputable HVAC contractor to give you the right advice before buying HVAC equipment.
If you’re in Monmouth County or the surrounding area and want to make sure you purchase the best HVAC system for your home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, and we’ll be happy to help.