Locating a great HVAC professional can be an annoying as well as intimidating experience. This is due to the fact that there are countless HVAC professionals to pick from and you have no way of objectively knowing which contractors are worth hiring.
This process, however, can be easier if you understand what qualities to look for when choosing an HVAC service.
Has the right certification
An HVAC service should only hire NATE-certified technicians. This is a sign that the firm hires professional, efficient, and well-informed technicians.
Has a solid reputation
It pays to look for an HVAC contractor with consistently great reviews. Check for prospective contractors on the BBB (better business bureau) site. This site is a great platform that rates firms from A+ to F.
Is signed up with a professional association
Look for HVAC contractors who are members of ACCA. You can visit the ACCA website and find contractors who are registered with this association.
Surveys your home before providing estimates of cost
Before coming up with any specific estimate, an HVAC professional should always take a tour of your home. Ignore any contractor that attempts to provide estimates on the phone before surveying your home.
They might give you a low estimate over the telephone and then bump up the cost when they arrive at your house.
Sells premium products
Find out from potential HVAC contractors if they sell products with energy star rating. This ensures you buy quality products that are also energy efficient.
Works in a nearby office or shop
An HVAC contractor should have no problem inviting you into their office or shop. A contractor having a shop or office shows that the firm has been operational and will continue to do so, securing whatever warranties and guarantees they’ll give you.
Can give you heating and cooling bills for the whole year
Using calculations of heat-load and cooling-load, a good HVAC service can work out your property’s estimated annual costs for any equipment they’re urging you to buy.
Will encourage you to buy higher energy-efficient equipment
Contractors who aren’t familiar with the latest HVAC equipment and technology don’t know how to set them up and will dissuade you from purchasing higher energy-efficient equipment. A good HVAC service should be able to set up the newest energy-efficient equipment and will tell you how much you may save by getting these models.
Possibly won’t offer the cheapest price
When you begin your search, make sure to avoid the lowest price. You’ll most likely get a dubious contractor who’s unlicensed, uninsured, and works from their house. They will most likely fail to install your equipment properly, leading to higher energy costs.
You should take cost into consideration when you’ve settled on 2-3 options of quality contractors.