Finding a quality HVAC professional can both be an intimidating and annoying task. This is because there are numerous contractors to pick from and you have no objective way to know which contractors are worth your money and time.
This process, however, can be easier if you understand what qualities to look for when choosing an HVAC service.
Is properly certified
An HVAC service should only hire NATE-certified technicians. This shows that the firm hires knowledgeable, professional, and efficient technicians.
Has a great reputation
It’s important to find an HVAC professional with consistently positive reviews. Check for prospective contractors on the BBB (better business bureau) site. This website provides a good platform for rating service providers using the A+ to F scale.
Is a member of a professional association
Search for a contractor who is registered with ACCA. You can visit the ACCA website and find contractors who are registered with this association.
Surveys your property before giving cost estimates
An HVAC contractor should always survey your property before they come up with any definite estimation. Ignore any contractor that attempts to provide estimates on the phone before surveying your home.
They could give you a low estimate via the phone and then increase the price when they come over to your house.
Sells high-quality 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 local office or shop
An HVAC professional should be ready to welcome you to 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 yearly cooling and heating costs
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 recommend that you 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 contractor should be able to set up the latest energy-efficient equipment and can tell you how much money you can save by buying these models.
Possibly won’t offer the cheapest price
When you start your search, please don’t go for the cheapest price. You’re more than likely to find a questionable professional who works from their house, and who is uninsured and unlicensed. They’ll most likely install your equipment poorly, leading to increased energy bills.
You should take price into account once you’ve narrowed your options to two or three quality HVAC contractors.