If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, it means you may be looking at replacing it in the near future. Still, if your system is newer, it is important to schedule regular maintenance to be assured of longevity and optimal performance. Probably you are building a new house and want to have HVAC installed. Regardless of the situation at hand, you must have a qualified and experienced HVAC contractor for the task related to HVAC repair or installation. And now the question that begs, how do you find and choose the best?
Arguably your HVAC system could be the most expensive thing you have in your home. You cannot afford to entrust such an expensive unit to someone who isn’t trained and experienced in HVAC installation, repair or maintenance. Most states require proper licensing for all HVAC contractors. It will also be in your best interest to find a service provider that has insurance and bonding. Do not shy away from asking about certifications that a technician or contractor holds. Longevity in business alone will not guarantee you a perfect job. However, stability could be an indicator they are doing things right so be sure to look for stability in a service provider.
A good contractor should provide you with a thorough home evaluation report to help determine the best heating and cooling solution if you are looking to have a new system installed. Parameters that a competent service provider uses are square footage of the home, the R-value of insulation, the number of windows in that particular home and of course the direction in which the windows are facing. The report will also be complete if it contains information on a thorough inspection of your home’s duct system. No contractor in their right mind will give you an accurate size of a new system based on the square footage alone. No doubt you should expect accurate figures that depict the accurate needs of your heating and cooling solutions. Just a quick point, you should never choose a contractor based on a low price tag alone, you have to look at other factors that make a good service provider.
It would be best to work with a contractor that will advise you on any special offers or rebates that will bring your costs down. A good contractor should be in a position to explain to you about energy star-rated models to ensure efficiency. Never hesitate to contact any references to ascertain their experience with the contractor you are considering.