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Replacing Your Home’s Heating System? Here’s Some Tips to Consider

When it’s time to install a new furnace or boiler in your Twin Cities, St. Paul MN area home, keep these things in mind

It’s a major purchase that you will live with for years. Your family will rely on your heating equipment and the company you choose to keep them warm and comfortable during the cold Minnesota winter. Below are important things you should ask a home heating contractor when you look for a company to purchase from and have install a new heating system.


What’s more important – the heating equipment or the people performing the installation?

To get a successful furnace or boiler replacement project you need to work with experienced professionals. Every home is unique and the equipment that is proper for your neighbor may not be right for you. A professional should measure your home and consider heat loss factors when they configure a system for your home. They should also listen to your concerns and issues. Your new system should make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

According to the EPA most heating systems never reach their full manufacturer operating specs due to poor installation practices. That just should not happen. You should get the performance you pay for, a professional certified heating installation team will get your equipment installed correctly and performing to manufacturer specifications.

Getting the best equipment for your home and getting it installed correctly is what makes for a successful home heating installation.


How long have you been in the residential heating business?

The average life of a furnace is 15 years and the average life of a boiler is over 20 years. All manufacturer’s require their equipment be serviced annually to keep warranties in effect and to keep the equipment operating at maximum efficiency. The company you choose should be your partner for the life of the equipment to keep it maintained and ensure you get a full equipment life. Choose a company that has been in business for decades so you have the support and service you need.


How many heating units have you installed?

Don’t let a contractor make your project a training class for new employees. Insist on experienced professionals with a history of successful installations.


What guarantee do your offer on the equipment and workmanship? Are those guarantees in writing?

The contractor you pick should stand behind the products they install and the workmanship of their employees. Avoid finger pointing and verbal mis-communication. Insist that all guarantees are in writing and preview the coverage you are buying.


What are the references of other who have used the company?

Happy, satisfied customers are the bread and butter of any business. Ask your contractor to supply references for work they have performed for others that is similar to what you need.


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