As we are approaching the end of 2011, the economic downturn continues throughout the world. Retail sales remain low, home foreclosures continue, the jobless rate continues to be high, and consumers are finding it harder to cope.

So what does this have to do with heating and air conditioning? Funny you should ask.

In these tough times, it is even more important for consumers to be careful when spending their money to replace their older equipment. No matter which heating or air conditioning product you purchase, or which company you choose to do the work, the cost will be significant, so take your time and choose wisely.

Most heating and air conditioning manufacturers make a good product, of course some are better than others, but the main difference is usually the quality of the installation. It troubles me that some buyers will make every effort to spend as little as possible and are then surprised when they have problems with a substandard job.

Even though the rules and regulations are getting more and more restrictive, there are still many contractors who choose to do the bare minimum, use the cheapest parts and materials available, and do not follow the rules or industry accepted installation practices.

As always, I suggest that you check out any company with The Better Business Bureau, The Contractors License Board, Angie’s List, Yelp, or just search their name on the internet to see what others are saying about them.

Lastly, don’t skimp when making this type of purchase, and do your homework. Ask lots of questions and hire the contractor who provides you with honest answers.

Spending a little more to insure that you are getting all that you paid for will benefit you for years to come.

You can contact me anytime with questions, or attend one of my free monthly Homeowner Workshops to get even more information.

Jim Berry
Sales Consultant
Kahn Air Conditioning

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