What to Consider When Looking for an HVAC Contractor

H11If your HVAC system is already 10 years old or older you should be looking at a replacement in the next two years. On the other hand, for a newer system, you’ll want to keep it well-maintained. You’ll have to hire an HVAC contractor either way. Click on this link to study more: www.airtightair.com.

Here are the most important considerations to make as you look for the right candidate:

License and Experience

Like most people, your HVAC system is likely one of the most significant investments that you have made in your home. HVAC contractors in most states are required to get a license, but they can only have one if they’ve had minimum industry experience of five years. On top of that, contractors should also be bonded and insured for the protection of the customer.

In terms of experience, longevity doesn’t guarantee an excellent job, but stability is a sign that the contractor has been doing something right. Ask your prospect about being certified by North American Technical Excellence (NATE) or any similar organization. This is added assurance that the contractor’s HVAC knowledge and experience are up-to-date.

In addition, ask them if they carry the specific brand of your equipment. As you may know, each manufacturer is unique, and to optimize installation or maintenance, technicians need knowledge and training that is specific to the brand.

Evaluating Your Home

If you intend to have a new HVAC system installed, your contractor should conduct a thorough inspection of your home to know the best possible heating and cooling solution for it. Some of the most crucial factors to be considered are the number and location of windows, the $-value of insulation and the home’s square footage. The contractor should also check the duct system for any loose segments, leaks and insulation. At the end of the process, you should ask for a written estimate on paper, and you can use it to compare details like energy efficiency, warranties and costs with other HVAC contractors.

Client References, Reviews and Ratings

Request for client references and talk to these people to get a picture of their experience with the contractor. A contractor who refuses to give references, is hiding something (and you’re better off finding another prospect). Also check your prospects’ records at the Better Business Bureau, and spend time reading comments on reputable consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List. Ask your friends, neighbors or coworkers for referrals. Local trade organizations can also be a good resource.

Special Offers and Rebates

Finally, knowing that HVAC system are quite a large expense, don’t forget to shop around for rebates on energy-efficient equipment. It’s always great to have an opportunity to save money, no matter how small the amount.

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