Choosing the appropriate cooling and heating contractor is arguably the most significant part of buying a cooling and heating system (air conditioner, heat pump, gas furnace). A professional contractor should be able to make good recommendations after assessing your situation and will be sure to size the equipment for optimum performance perfectly.
Researching a heating & cooling contractor
Check professional associations and industry credentials: Every industry has associated certifications and associations with helping customers identify professionals of repute. Common affiliations in the HVAC industry are PHCC and ACCA. When considering HVAC installer or technicians, you ought to ask if they have NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification, which is the leading certification for technicians in the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating industry.
Check online referrals sources: The BBB (Better Business Bureau) is a consumer protection service, which ensures repeat offender does not take advantage of end users. Angie’s list is an outstanding resource for contractors and the best place to conduct research. In case there are any unsolved complaints you will find out about them over there.
Check reader’s reviews — Nowadays you can observe what other consumers have to say by examining Facebook pages or Google reviews. To view online reviews, type http://www.google.com/maps on your search bar. Next, type in the business’ location and name to check your contractor’s place page for appraisals. This readily available information can assist you in your hunt for a quality heating contractor.
Ask for insurance liability information and state license: All states mandate that mechanical HVAC contractors attend annual code training, maintain an active certification license, and carry liability insurance. This is obligatory. Never work with a contractor that is not bonded and licensed. You are well within your rights to query a contractor for verification of these vital documents.
About the appointment
Expect home evaluation: The cooling and heating contractor should spend substantial time inspecting your home and current system to assess your requirements. They should also ask you lots of questions regarding your cooling and heating requirements. Will there be any changes? How many individuals live in the home? How important is energy savings? Do you have cold or warm spots? Are you interested in things such as extended warranties? You ought to feel as if they are asking questions and properly understanding your house and its requirements. A good contractor ought to check your ducts, if applicable, to pinpoint leaks plus measure airflow. Remember, bigger is not necessarily better so you should ensure that they properly size your equipment.
Ask about incentives and rebates: Many ductless heat pumps, air conditioning units, heat pumps, and gas furnaces have incentives or rebates either by the utility provider or by the manufacturer. The majority of utility companies offer rebates for purchasing high-efficiency equipment and many times the manufacturer offers promotions on specific products. Request your contractor to go over these options with you.
Ensure you get a written contract: When comparing cooling and heating contractor proposals, ensure that you compare costs, warranties, and energy efficiency apart from the price. The lowest priced equipment might not be the best deal in case it is not the most efficient as it will inflate your energy costs. Get a written proposal from the contractor prior to the commencement of work. Specify warranty information, job schedule, model number, and project cost.
About the equipment:
Ensure you purchase a reputable brand: Consider the brand of equipment your cooling and heating contractor carries. Is the product backed up with local support? What are the warranties? Are there local resources or a distributor available to support the product?
Consider credentials: The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is given to manufacturers who excel in cooling and heating equipment. In addition, check to confirm if Consumer Digest has acknowledged the manufacturer or equipment in any way. This ensures that you are getting the best deal.