Thinking about a new heating and air conditioning system?

Now may be the time to avoid rising costs

An economic dispute far from North Alabama may mean this is a smart time for Birmingham residents to consider buy new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The international trade war is getting hotter, with many manufacturers raising prices on heating equipment and air conditioners as the United States raised tariffs on foreign parts as part of a dispute with China and other countries.

At least 19 manufacturers have raised prices 5 to 10 percent since the tariffs were announced March 1, according to Kyle Gargaro, Editorial Director of The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS.

Manufacturers normally announce price hikes at the first of the year, but these new increases have occurred since President Trump announced he was imposing tariffs on numerous countries. More tariffs and price hikes are possible.

If you’re on the fence about a purchase, call Freedom Heating and Cooling at (205) 444-4444. Our staff will help you analyze the pros and cons. We can assess your current system and give you the facts that will help you make the best decision for your family.

More tariffs possible

The Trump administration also is proposing tariffs on controls equipment, motors and heat exchangers used in heating and air-conditioning systems. Representatives of the air-conditioning and heating industry are oppsing the tariffs, with the U.S. Trade Representative to hold a hearing on the issue July 24.

These tariffs would be in addition to tariffs imposed this month on a variety of important items such as compressors and furnace burners, according to achrnews.com.