Tripping Over HVAC Dollars to Save Pennies?
- BOGO (Buy One, Get One)
- 50% Off
- End of Season Sale
- Holiday Savings
These are signs and advertisements we see everywhere, everyday. How meaningful are they to you? Are you a Coupon Clipper? How does this affect your heating and cooling dollars?
Here is a typical scenario: Howie Homeowner goes to the mailbox and opens a thick envelope containing a stack of about 25 colorful coupons. He’s about to toss them in the trash when one catches his eye. “50% off of your next furnace tune-up!”
He comments to his wife, “Dear, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve had the furnace looked at. This might be a good idea.” He hands her the Coupon. It reads: Neighborhood Heating, Cooling and Concrete Company.
“Great, they must be cheap,” she replies, “but we don’t need any cement.”
“I heard them mentioned at Bill’s place once. I think I’ll give them a call. We don’t want the furnace going out on us in the middle of winter.”
A few days later, the boys at NHC & C arrive, tinker with Howie’s furnace and announce that there are some major repairs needed. They read off an extensive list of HVAC mumble jumble.
“But the good news is, you’re getting your 50% off the initial $99.00 check-up, bringing your bill down to $1049.00. Nice doing business with you.”
Fast Forward to January
“Howie, something is wrong with the furnace. You’ve got to come home. It’s making a terrible sound and putting out no heat at all.” Howie’s wife is in a panic.
“Yes, dear, I’m sure it’s fine. We got it tuned up and all set, remember?”
That night he calls NHC & C, only to be told that the parts they installed have no warranty, and they’ll be glad to make a service call in about ten days…the owner is vacationing in the Bahamas.
Howie fears he has put a ‘good deal’ ahead of a’good job’ by falling for NHC & Cement’s Coupon.
Your home is often your biggest financial investment. And when it comes to your heating and cooling system, keep in mind that this is your home’s greatest expense in energy usage. It also means your family’s health and comfort. You don’t want to jeopardize these things by turning to a company that gives poor quality and service.
What Can You Do to Avoid This?
There is nothing wrong with using a coupon or a special sales offer. Reputable companies everywhere offer them, and stand by them. But it’s up to you to investigate who the company is, what kind of background they have and is the savings going to outweigh the cost.
For example, check the following:
- What is their rating with the Better Business Bureau. www.bbb.org. Always choose an A+ rated business.
- Next, what is their rating on www.Google.com. Just type in the name of the company and their Star rating should appear in the box to the right.
- If you are a member of Angie’s List, this is a very good source of reference.
- Facebook and LinkedIn feature businesses, with customer comments and ratings.
- Word of mouth is always helpful from folks you can trust. Also, major manufacturers such as Lennox and Carrier, list their approved technicians in your area.
- Check the company website. How long have they been in business? Have they listed any awards or achievements? Do they have certificates of special education and qualifications?
- For example, Click Here for information about Abel.
- When in doubt, you can always seek a second opinion.
Trust When it Comes to Technology
It’s similar to when we see a doctor. He is, after all, known as a ‘Practicing Physician’. We don’t place our life in the hands of someone we’re not sure is going to give us the best possible care. On the other hand, we aren’t skilled in medical technology and thus we must place a certain amount of ‘Trust’ in his diagnosis.
The same is true with business services. The average homeowner doesn’t have that kind of expertise, and therefore needs to be sure the company chosen to do any kind of work on our home, vehicles, etc., can be trusted.
The old adage, ‘buyer beware‘, still holds very much true. Should you use that Coupon? Yes, of course, if you do your homework, unlike Howie. Make sure the company you select is reputable, reliable and that you’re not tripping over dollars to save pennies.
At Abel we have technicians with the expertise to answer your questions and give you the best evaluations.
Give us a call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us