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Should You Buy a Furnace or Air Conditioner from a Big Box Store?

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When thinking about where to buy an air conditioner or furnace for your North Shore or North Suburban home, you might consider a big box home improvement store. While these places are great for do-it-yourself projects and repairs, we don’t recommend that Chicago area homeowners buy their heating or air cooling systems at the chain stores. You may think that you’ll be saving money, but the upfront price of your HVAC system is part of the larger picture, and there are many other factors to take into account. Customers in the North Suburbs and North Shore can spend their time and money more wisely by reading what our experts say about buying from a big box store. 

Where to Buy a Furnace or Air Conditioner?

American Weathermakers’ owner Richard Hochschild recently talked about why some homeowners think buying their heating or air cooling system at a big box store is a good idea and why we don’t recommend it. 

“The number one reason people buy heating and air conditioning units from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, or Costco is because they believe they are saving money on the financing. They know that the person they met in the kiosk at the big box store does not have a background in HVAC but trust that the store will stand behind the installation.” Richard added, “None of these stores have their own HVAC employees, and all hire contractors who are paid around 90 to 92% of the selling price to install the equipment. The consumer would benefit from dealing directly with a reputable contractor, like American Weathermakers, who will take a personal interest in your job because our reputation is built on ensuring that our customers are satisfied.”

Buying from a big box store also begs the question of why a homeowner should pay an 8% to 10% premium for financing an HVAC system when most contractors offer similar plans and accept major credit cards. That means that by using professional HVAC services, homeowners are getting much more knowledgeable guidance and assistance for a better value for their money. Also, when homeowners need a warranty adjustment or emergency service, they don’t have to jump through hoops at a Home Depot or Menards.

Only a skilled heating and air cooling professional can give you the most accurate recommendations about what kind of system will work best in your home, and you won’t find that kind of expertise in the HVAC aisle at your local home improvement store. What may feel like a bargain when you’re in the checkout line will likely be an expensive problem down the line when you discover that it wasn’t the correct model or size or find out about surprise maintenance costs or that the system wasn’t installed correctly. These are all factors our technicians know to look for when evaluating your HVAC needs, so you’re never caught in this situation.

“At American Weathermakers, heating and air conditioning is our only business. You may have heard our radio ads on WGN and WBBM where we say, ‘We’re the 60-Minute men.’ If you have no heat or no cooling, day or night, we’ll be there in 60 minutes, or you receive a $60 gift card for the repair. Best of all, we never charge for travel or overtime! Our technicians are highly trained, long-time employees with one goal: to make you happy. Our company motto, ‘We won’t be comfortable until you are!’ says it all. When it comes to HVAC, think outside the box.” says Richard. 

Why Choose American Weathermakers When Buying a Furnace or Air Conditioner?

Getting the right HVAC system saves you money and reduces wasted energy. To learn more about how we can help you get it right the first time for the right price, call us at (847) 503-9497. One of our specialists will assist you with finding the best heating or air cooling system for your home. We serve the entire North Shore area, including Evanston, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park, and Glencoe, as well as other towns and villages in the North Suburbs, including Northbrook, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Lincolnshire, and Deerfield with the best HVAC services!

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