I like Rock and Roll music and was inspired to use the title of a song by Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) as the title of this months’ article. I’ve also been an L.A. Dodgers fan since the early 1960’s.

Trust me, this will all make sense in a minute.

If a Dodger, or any player comes up to bat three times during a game, and gets two hits, that means he would have a .667 average for that given day. It would be remarkable if any player could continue at that pace for the entire season, and I don‘t know of any ballplayer that has ever come close to attaining that feat.

When choosing a heating and air conditioning system, I believe that homeowners have a chance of getting two out of three, as well.
1. They can choose to purchase a quality product;
2. They can choose to hire a company who will provide them with the best service;
3. They can choose the lowest price.

Quality products – It’s no secret; the better brands last longer, require fewer repairs, and have replacement parts available in the future. You wouldn’t expect any less from a quality manufacturer.

The best service – After the sale, and after the installation of the equipment, what if you need service? A good company will send out a qualified technician quickly to solve the problem. A good company will stand behind its work, and should be in business in the future if you need service.

The lowest price – Nobody wants to pay more than they should when purchasing a new system. However, this is not the time to shop solely for the lowest price. Expect to pay a little more for a quality brand, installed properly, by a knowledgeable contractor.

Well, pick any two. You can get number one, and even number two, but if you think you can get both, and still get number three, you’re dreaming. Any reputable contractor who installs quality products and uses accepted industry installation practices will usually charge more than the bargain-priced contractor.

They have to. They’re buying better products and materials. They’re employing trained service technicians and installers. They’re doing what they are supposed to do to install your new equipment properly so that it works as it should for many years.

“There is hardly anything in the world that some man can’t make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Please attend our next Homeowners Workshop. We will be focusing on proper installation techniques. There is no cost, so come and join the fun! If you are interested in attending, call (818) 886-2600 to make a reservation. Join us and your neighbors for a cup of coffee and some useful information.

Jim Berry was a heating and air conditioning service technician prior to becoming a Sales Consultant for Kahn Air Conditioning – A Member of the Chambers’ Home Improvement Cluster. Kahn hosts free monthly workshops to help homeowners learn more about heating and cooling systems. For questions regarding heating or air conditioning, send an e-mail to Jim at jberry@kahnair.com.

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