This is a great question that I get routinely asked. And the answer all depends on your house. Some contractors will solely base it on the number of square feet you have in your house, some will base it on the size of your air conditioner and some will simply replace your furnace with the exact size you currently have in your house.
A great new program from Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and ComEd for Chicagoland area consumers looking to upgrade to high efficient furnaces and air conditioning units. Effective in January 2014 you can now qualify for a low 4.99% rate utility bill financing for your new furnace, boiler and air conditioning unit.
It seems there is a HVAC contractor on every corner in the Chicagoland area. This could be for any number of reasons including no state licensing, low-cost entry into the business, availability of numerous products and a large base of potential customers (everyone house needs at least heating in Illinois). Because of the sheer number of HVAC contractors in the area and the wide-ranging prices between contractors here are 5 things to ask your HVAC contractor before the project starts to protect you, your investment in equipment and your home.
Hey Chicagoland area did you know your utility providers, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas have money to help you purchase a new furnace? And, did you know ComEd will kick in some money as well if you purchase a complete new furnace and air conditioning system? While they advertise the rebates, the fact is, each month on your utility bill you are paying for the program. The amount you pay is a reflection of the number or therms or kilowatts you consume.