Buying guide - GestionAir

Buying guide

Five steps to choosing the right air conditioning and heating equipment.

Do you want to enhance your comfort but aren’t sure whether to choose a heat pump or an air conditioner?

Ask yourself the following questions :

  • Why should I add a heat pump if I already have a heating system?
  • Will I really save energy?
  • What’s the difference in price?
  • Which brand should I choose?

Here’s how to get started :

First, think about your needs and the kinds of improvements you’d like to see. Then, follow the steps below.

Think about your needs

When the time comes to invest in a new heating or air conditioning system, in order to determine which system is most suitable to supplement or replace your current system, you first need to know what kind of heating system you have (electric baseboard heaters; electric, gas or fuel-oil pulsed-air heating; central heating; hot water heating; underfloor heating; etc.).

Next, determine your needs. Do you want to enhance your day-to-day comfort, save money on your electricity bill, combat the dog days of summer or avoid the dry air of winter? Are you looking for equipment that’s energy efficient, low-maintenance, easy to use or quiet? Do you have trouble sleeping because the temperature in your home is always too cold or too hot?

Determine your purchasing criteria

Before scheduling an appointment with one of our consultants, make a list of factors that will determine which product you’d like to purchase: quiet operation, extended warranty, specialized equipment or combined equipment (a heat pump), reliability, cost effectiveness, financing options, equipment maintenance costs, intuitive operation, etc.

No matter what equipment you choose, we can offer you professional installation and post-sales service that will exceed your expectations.

Set a budget

Create a budget based on the desired type of products: central or wall-mounted systems, multi-zone equipment, underfloor heating, air exchangers, accessories, replacement of a current system, new construction, etc.

The price of a 12,000 BTU/hr wall-mounted air conditioner will range from $2,000 to $4,400 + tax, depending on the model. For 18,000 BTU/hr equipment, you should plan on spending an additional $300 to $700. A 12,000 BTU/hr wall-mounted heat pump will run between $2,200 and $4,900 + tax. So it’s very advantageous to get a heat pump, which will function during the better part of the year, either as an air conditioner or an auxiliary heater.

Central air conditioning with vents throughout the home is also available in various price ranges from $3,400 to $7,000 + tax. A central heat pump will range from $4,000 to $8,000 + tax.

The prices of electric air conditioners and furnaces, all models included, will range from $5,000 to $14,000 + tax. The prices of electric heat pumps and furnaces will range from $5,500 to $19,000 + tax.

All prices are based on tonnage and may be subject to additional installation fees, depending on the equipment you already have in place.

Choose the best system

Once you’ve pinpointed your needs and criteria, you can then choose among various brands and price ranges, according to your budget. For example, some companies may offer more reliability and may be eligible for government subsidies, while others may offer easier access to replacement parts. So you’ll have an embarrassment of choices corresponding to your desired price range.

Do business with the best team

The purchase of a heating, air conditioning or ventilation product is a major undertaking. That’s why it’s important to do business with a reputable company that can offer you the consultation, installation and post-sales services that such a purchase warrants. But as a consumer, it’s sometimes difficult to recognize a good company in the industry.

Choosing GestionAir means assuring yourself that you’re working with a company that’s reputable and dependable, made up of a team of experts who truly care about your satisfaction. GestionAir is licensed by the Quebec Building Authority (RBQ) and is CAA-certified. All of our technicians are trained and their competency cards are all current. As for our consultants, they make it a point to keep up with all the latest trends in the industry and will never pressure you to purchase our products.

Our company is well-established with a showroom and customer areas. We also have a fleet of trucks that are fully equipped to install, service, and repair our products. Our various certifications and memberships (CMMTQ, CMEQ, etc.) give you the assurance of knowing you can rely on us.