Choosing a heating and cooling contractor can sometimes require doing a bit of homework. Your HVAC system is an essential part of your home and your day-to-day life, so you want to choose wisely.
Below are some helpful tips on how to go about choosing a heating and cooling contractor.
- Check their history. Ask if they have references that you can call. Also, ask your friends, family and neighbors if they have any experience with the contractor; they will be sure to give you an unbiased review.
- Ask if they are NATE-certified. The North American Technician Excellence (NATE)program certifies that heating and cooling contractors are truly professionals. Technicians must pass rigorous testing to become certified, and must stay up to date on the latest technology and trends in order to keep their certification.
- Make sure they are licensed to do business. The business must have a license in order to legally work as a heating and cooling contractor.
- Ask for proof of insurance. The insurance policy of a contractor is largely designed to protect you, the customer, from any unforeseen or unavoidable accidents.
- Get an on-site estimate. Obviously, you want to know how much everything will cost before choosing a heating and cooling contractor. The only way for a contractor to truly know what the problem and solution is, and therefore accurately know the cost, is to come to your home and assess all of the details.
- Check for discounts. One way to save money is to take advantage of any promotions orcoupons offered by the contractor.
- Sign a written contract. Before work begins, you want to have a legal document stating the details of what needs to be done and how much it will cost to do it. A good contract will include information on the permits that will be required, the warranties or guarantees on equipment or labor, and the timeframe in which the work will be performed.
When choosing a heating and cooling contractor for your Kansas City-area home, choose the professionals at Overland Park Heating & Cooling. You can contact us today with any questions you may have.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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