What Do You Know About Tips
If your HVAC system is at least 10 years old, you may be looking at getting a new one in the next two years. If your system is relatively new, on the other hand, you should keep it maintained properly. You’ll have to hire an HVAC contractor either way.
Below are the most crucial points to consider when looking for the right candidate:
License and Experience
As with most people, one of the biggest investments you’ve probably made in your home is your HVAC system. In most states, HVAC contractors are required to get a license, but not until they have acquired a minimum experience of five years in the industry. Aside from that, they have to bonded as well as insured as a form of protection for the insurer.
In terms of experience, longevity doesn’t guarantee an excellent job, but stability is a sign that the contractor has been doing something right. Ask your prospect about having North American Technical Excellence (NATE) certification or any certification from a similar organization. This helps ensure that the contractor’s knowledge and experience are up-to-date.
In addition, ask them if they carry the specific brand of your equipment. As you may know, manufacturers are unique, and their equipment requires brand-specific knowledge and training for optimum installation or maintenance.
Evaluating Your Home
If you intend to have a new HVAC system installed, your contractor should conduct a thorough inspection of your home to know the best possible heating and cooling solution for it. Some of the most crucial factors that will affect the final recommendation include the home’s square footage, the R-value of insulation, and number of windows and their location. The duct segment should also be inspected for insulation, leaks and loose segments. After the process, you should receive a written and itemized estimate that you can compare with estimates from other contractors, focusing on costs, warranties and energy efficiency.
References and Testimonials
Request for client references and talk to these people to get a picture of their experience with the contractor. If the contractor won’t give you any, that’s a red flag. Also check your prospects’ records at the Better Business Bureau, and spend time reading comments on reputable consumer websites like Yelp and Angie’s List. Ask for referrals from those around you – relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and so on. Local trade organizations make yet another good resource.
Special Offers and Rebates
Lastly, HVAC systems being a key expense, make sure to shop around for rebates on energy-efficient equipment. Any opportunity to save money, no matter how small, should be welcome.