Reading an HVAC Equipment Quote 101

new furnaceWhen it comes to upgrading your HVAC system, getting a HVAC equipment quote is a crucial step to making a decision. How much will it cost? What am I buying? Are there any perks?

Remember, not all HVAC equipment quotes are created equal. Companies quote furnaces and ACs differently, but it all comes down to the same factors. If you’re reviewing a quote, here’s the 101 to get you through the jargon.

Accurate Sizing

Bigger is not always better. One of the fundamental aspects of a reliable HVAC quote is accurate sizing. An HVAC system that is too large or too small for your space can result in inefficiencies and increased energy bills. The Howald sales team comes to your site to perform a load calculation so we can determine the appropriate size of the system needed for optimal performance. Keep in mind that you may not have the right HVAC system today so a direct replacement may not be necessary.

Quality of Equipment

The quality of the equipment matters. Research the brands and models included in the quote. Reputable manufacturers with a history of reliability and positive customer reviews should be a priority. Investing in high-quality equipment may cost more upfront but can save money in the long run through improved performance and durability.

Energy Efficiency Ratings

In today’s environmentally conscious landscape, energy efficiency is a top priority. Look for HVAC equipment with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings. Higher ratings indicate better energy efficiency, which can translate to lower utility bills and reduced environmental impact.

Warranty and Maintenance Packages

A comprehensive HVAC quote should include details about warranties and maintenance packages. A solid warranty provides peace of mind and protects against unexpected repair costs. The Howald team registers every installed product with the manufacturer to guarantee customers are set up with the warranty if they ever need to use it. Ask about our Comfort Fit maintenance plans that can help extend the life of your HVAC system and ensure it operates at peak efficiency. Some of our new equipment options include a maintenance plan. Be sure to ask.

Installation Costs

The installation process is a critical component of any HVAC upgrade. Ensure that the quote includes detailed information about installation costs and timelines. A reputable contractor will provide an estimated timeline for completing the installation. Installation costs are not something you want to cut corners on. Cheap labor and incorrect installation can lead to headaches and expenses down the road. Howald offers a quality check and follow-up after every installation to make sure our customers understand their new equipment (think programmable thermostats) and most important that the system is working properly.

Customer Service

Customer service may not be a part of your quote, but it is something that’s instilled in our team. We call it the Howald Promise. Our team arrives on time and gives honest advice. The Howald sales team has decades of experience in HVAC equipment and installation ensuring you get the best equipment for your needs. After installation, customers can request the same technician for routine maintenance and service.


Before committing to an HVAC quote, do your due diligence by checking references and reviews for the contractor. We are dedicated to making the purchase and installation process of new HVAC equipment easy and stress-free. Not only that, we provide some of the best customer service moving forward. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself. Howald is proud to have over 1,000 5-star reviews on Google.

Investing in a new HVAC system is a significant decision, and obtaining multiple quotes is a smart approach. By carefully considering factors such as accurate sizing, energy efficiency ratings, equipment quality, warranties, installation costs, and contractor reputation, customers can make informed decisions that lead to a comfortable and energy-efficient living or working space. Remember, the goal is not just to find the lowest price, but to strike a balance between cost, quality, and long-term value. Contact us today for your HVAC needs!