When having your air conditioner, furnace or heat pump repaired or replaced, you don’t want just anyone to do the job. You want to find a qualified HVAC contractor who will do the job right. There are seven key factors you can use to determine if someone is a qualified HVAC contractor:
- They should be licensed, insured and bonded. These are the basics any professional company should have. They show that the company is legally qualified, and protect you from any possible liability.
- They should have NATE-certified technicians. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification shows that the technician has passed the test – literally – and is fully qualified to repair or install an HVAC system.
- They should come recommended. You can ask people you know about their experiences with any HVAC contractors they have hired in the past. You can also ask the contractor for references.
- They should give written estimates. A qualified HVAC contractor will not give estimates over the phone when you call. They must first inspect your home and existing HVAC equipment to be certain of proper sizing of the entire system including, but not limited to the ducting, flue sizing, electrical, gas and condensate design for a custom built system to fit your exact comfort needs. Then they should give you an itemized estimate, in writing.
- They should customize a solution for your home. No two homes are exactly the same. If a contractor is truly concerned about your comfort and satisfaction down the road, they will tailor a solution to meet your home’s unique requirements.
- They should offer energy-efficient alternatives. Offering green solutions is not just good for the environment; it can be good for you and your long-term energy bills. A qualified HVAC contractor should be able to calculate whether the investment in energy-efficient equipment will pay off for you in the future.
- They should help you save money. Besides letting you know about any cost-effective green solutions, they should look out for your best interests by helping you find any tax incentives or special offers that might apply.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).