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HVAC Buying Guide for Greensboro
Residents of Greensboro, North Carolina often face the task of replacing their HVAC. The installation or replacement often results from a mechanical failure, installing equipment in new construction such as a room addition, or upgrading to a more energy efficient system. Before beginning this project, property owners would benefit by learning the steps necessary to retain a contractor, purchasing a new system, and money saving rebates and incentive programs that can defray some of the out-of-pocket expense associated with this home improvement project.
Greensboro Climate Impact on HVAC
Greensboro’s climate is more diverse than other cities in the state. The overall breakdown for the climate shows a high average of sunny days with 217 each year, and a lower rainy day forecast with an average of 96 days per year with precipitation. Snowfall is minimal at approximately 9 inches per year compared to the U.S. average of 25 inches. The rain average of 43 inches per year is higher than the U.S. average of 37. Humidity is lower than other cities with a rating of 37 out of 100. The higher the rating the better the comfort index. The current rating is 44 out of 100 meaning Greensboro is below average.
Because an area’s climate can impact the efficiency of a HVAC unit, discuss these statistics with your contractor. This will allow you to make the appropriate HVAC system selection that operates a the highest and most efficient level for the city.
Greensboro Permit Information
As a general rule, a permit and inspection will be required for a HVAC installation. Both ensure proper installation by a professional who have the qualifications to work with electrical components.
For information about the requirements in place set by the City of Greensboro, your contact is with Development Services. The center is located at 300 W. Washington Street, Greensboro, 27401. You can visit in person Monday through Friday or call (336) 373-1255.
HVAC Contractor Information in Greensboro
It’s better to have multiple estimates from HVAC contractors so you can do a comparison of costs versus services provided. Schedule appointments for each to visit the property and provide a comprehensive estimate of the cost. Ask if there are any other hidden charges you need to be aware of so you can have your budget and financing in place to cover all costs.
Request proof of insurance and the contractor’s HVAC license number so you can do a background check. It is recommended to always verify a contractor’s license to ensure they have a legitimate license and are properly insured. At the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors website, the free search tool is available for verifying a contractor’s license.
Also contact the Better Business Bureau for a history of the contractor or company. The BBB has information about negative reviews, complaints or any legal action against the contractor.
Since HVAC installation is a significant investment, verifying the contractor you hire is appropriately licensed and insured protects your investment and your ROI (return on investment.)
Common Greensboro HVAC Systems
The type of HVAC system you choose will depend on your desired efficiency standards, space limitations, climate, and recommendations from your contractor. The list below is a teaser of sorts that will give you a small sample of the most common types of HVAC systems used in residential applications.
These systems are gaining in popularity due to there easy installation and the added benefit of zone control. Ductless mini splits utilize both indoor and outdoor components but do not require ductwork making this system ideal when space limitations exist.
Split systems are the most common types used in residential applications. Its main components are an outdoor condensing unit and an indoor air handler.
Packaged HVAC systems provide all of the necessary HVAC components in one cabinet located on the property’s exterior and are suitable for both new and existing ductwork.
Heat pumps are high-efficient systems capable of both cooling and heating your home. Although they will cost you more upfront, energy savings usually pay for the additional costs within five years.
Greensboro HVAC Resources
Two websites to take a look at are Energy Star and the DSIRE – U.S. Department of Energy – website. Energy Star has information about a federal tax credit available for energy efficient HVAC installation, and the DSIRE website lists available programs in North Carolina for loans, incentives, and grants for residential and commercial property owners.
Estimated HVAC Installation Cost in Greensboro
For an example purpose only, the following breakdown will give you an idea of the cost of the low and high cost for a 3 ton, 18 SEER heat pump condenser with a 10-year warranty for a home in zip code area 27401.
The low end total estimated cost for the air conditioning unit is $3,486.05 and a high end of S4,260.30. The unit low cost is $2,506.84 compared to the high of $2,925.44. Labor estimates are $928.03 versus $1,254.86. Additional supplies are $27.28 compared to $31.25 and equipment allowance of $24.00 compared to the high of $48.75.
The estimate does not include additional costs such as sales tax on materials, permit and inspection fees, contractor markup, testing and removal of hazardous material such as asbestos, or repairing, removing, modifying or relocating framing, electrical, plumbing, or HVAC systems.