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Finding the Right HVAC Contractor
Choosing the right contractor to install a new a new furnace or central air conditioner may well be as crucial as picking the equipment itself. After all, proper installation and maintenance is required for the equipment and system to work safely, dependably, and efficiently.
Below are crucial considerations to make as you select an HVAC contractor:
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If you already know a good heating and air conditioning contractor, that’s a great place to begin. Otherwise, you can always ask friends and relatives for recommendations or referrals.
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Certifications and Trade Affiliations
Majority of leading residential contractors are members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) or the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). You can check each of their websites to find HVAC service listings in your community. Find contractors whose technicians have North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and/or ENERGY STAR certifications.
Do not trust companies that offer you an estimate through the phone without having checked the job to be done. This is a big red flag. A good estimator will perform a survey of your home and create a proposal based on a heat/cooling load calculation. They will also ask you if you’ve had any problems with your equipment before and offer simple explanations or solutions.
After determining your heat/cooling load, they will estimate your annual operating expenses for their recommended equipment. A lot of furnaces and central air conditioners are not well-sized for the homes they are installed in, due to wrong sizing in the past and/or energy efficiency improvements in the building from the time of the old equipment’s installation.
Updated HVAC Technology
A knowledgeable, up-to-date contractor will never stop you from switching to newer, more efficient equipment. Less-qualified ones may not upgrade their own technologies and will thus avoid even mentioning the latest and better options in the market.
A good company will give you a formal written bid or proposal that lists down all the equipment that should be installed, along with all the work to be done and the costs entailed, including labor.
When looking for any kind of service, it’s always best to get estimates from different providers so you can compare. Then again, don’t limit yourself to the price when choosing. In most cases, better contractors are more expensive and for very understandable reasons.
Lastly, professionalism is a stamp of a good HVAC service. Reputable companies will have staff composed of prompt and courteous individuals. The they treat you now is how they will treat you when problems or issues come around. They should have a physical facility and be proud to invite you for a visit. An office or shop shows that the company has been in operation and will remain in operation.