HVAC Purchasing Process

If you’re buying a new furnace or air conditioner, it’s helpful to understand the HVAC purchasing process ahead of time. The guide below will outline the steps you’ll typically follow to purchase a furnace, air conditioner or other Trane HVAC unit.

Get estimates

To start the HVAC purchasing process, you’ll need to collect to cost estimates to determine which unit is right for your home and your budget. Call your local Trane Comfort Specialist to set up an initial appointment with your contractor. During the appointment, the contractor will inspect your current HVAC system and home layout to provide a free written estimate.

If you get more than one estimate, ask the contractors about the differences in cost and recommended equipment. You’ll want to compare differing installation plans and be able to make a well-informed decision about which HVAC is best for your home.

Features to consider

When purchasing a furnace or air conditioner, be sure to include the following potential upgrades their associated costs into your budget.

High efficiency: For climates with harsh winters, consider purchasing a furnace with 90 percent AFUE or more, a high-efficiency unit. While there is a higher initial investment, you’ll save in the long run on your energy bills. When shopping for air conditioners, find the most efficient unit by comparing the SEER rating of each.
Variable speed: A furnace or air conditioner with a blower motor that moves at different speeds to control the flow of air into your home, resulting in better efficiency.
Two-stage heating: This type of furnace has a high level for very cold days and a low setting for milder days, resulting in quiet, efficient performance.
Warranty: Be sure to understand what kind of a warranty is included with your HVAC purchase. Your unit may come with a limited warranty with the option to buy an extended warranty.

Choose your contractor and schedule the installation

The final step is to choose your contractor and set up an installation date. Typically, installation will take about a day, although it could take a little longer if you are having an air conditioner, air cleaner or humidifier installed at the same time. If you have any additional questions about the HVAC purchasing process, contact your local Trace Comfort Specialist.