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Hire the Right HVAC Contractor

Posted on The Cooler Blog June 18, 2013 by Terry Jones

Having temperature control issues in your home? Then you are in need of a heating and cooling expert. Although there are countless sources in finding a reliable contractor, there are several things to consider for determining the contractor right for you.

Make a record of your HVAC needs. Take notes of rooms that are too cold or warm, and of stuffy areas. Check the make and model of your furnace and air conditioner, along with their maintenance records. It’s very important to do your research. Verify that every considered contractor meet the license and insurance requirements for your state. Speak with friends, family, and co-workers to see who they would recommend. Go online to view the websites for HVAC-related companies, such as All Year Cooling, and feel free to contact us!

Ask potential contractors for customer references, and then call them. Ask the customer for the contractor’s performance, timeliness, professionalism, and overall service. Testimonies and feedback are useful indicators of a contractor’s reliability. Look into their accreditations, as reputable contractors should have evidence of recent certification or re-certification, such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence) or EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certification. Most local governments keep records of disciplinary actions and complaints, so check to see if any contractors have outstanding complaints or disciplinary issues.

Ask any potential contractor about equipment with the Energy Star label; these products meet very strict guidelines set by the EPA. As Energy Star equipment is energy efficient, a new furnace or A/C system will save you money on your utility bills. A knowledgeable contractor should offer rebates on these products as well. The right contractor will spend a significant amount of time inspecting your home and assessing your needs to determine the right size A/C system for your home. Get written, itemized estimates and compare all aspects of the contractors’ proposals, energy efficiencies, and warranties. The lowest bid is not the best deal if the equipment is not efficient or if there is a limited warranty.

When you finally choose the contractor, sign a written proposal before he gets started. This document should clearly state project costs, equipment model numbers, a job schedule, and warranty details. Spend the time to ensure that your potential contractor is the right choice.

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