Finding a quality HVAC professional can both be an intimidating and annoying task. This is owing to the fact that there are innumerable contractors to select from and you’ve got no objective method to know which professionals are worth both your money and time.
But this process can be easier if you know what qualities to consider when using an HVAC contractor.
Has the right certification
An HVAC service should only hire NATE-certified technicians. This is a sign that the firm hires professional, efficient, and well-informed technicians.
Has a strong reputation
It’s important to find an HVAC professional with consistently positive reviews. Check the BBB (better business bureau) website for potential contractors. This website provides a good platform for rating service providers using the A+ to F scale.
Is signed up with a professional association
Search for a contractor who is registered with ACCA. You can get on the website of the ACCA and find professionals who are signed up with this association.
Surveys your house before estimating cost
An HVAC professional should always check out your property before they work out any specific estimation. Don’t pay attention to any contractor that tries to provide estimates over the telephone before checking your house.
They might give you a low estimate over the telephone and then bump up the cost when they arrive at your house.
Sells high-quality products
Ask prospective contractors whether the products they sell have energy star rating. This ensures you get high-quality, energy-efficient equipment.
Works in a local office or shop
An HVAC professional should be willing to invite you into their shop or office. An HVAC contractor with a shop/office is an indicator that the company has been operational and will remain so, securing the warranties and guarantees they’ll give.
Can give you yearly cooling and heating costs
Using cooling-load and heat-load calculations, a good HVAC contractor can calculate your home’s estimated yearly bills for whatever equipment they’re recommending you install.
Will persuade you to purchase higher energy-efficient equipment
Contractors who aren’t up-to-date with the latest HVAC products and technology can’t install them and will put you off buying higher-energy efficient equipment. A good HVAC professional should be able to install the current energy-efficient HVAC products and can figure out how much cash you may save by purchasing these models.
Probably won’t offer the lowest price
When you start your search, please don’t go for the cheapest price. You’ll most likely find a shady contractor who is uninsured, unlicensed, and works from home. They’ll most likely not install your equipment properly, which will lead to higher energy costs.
You should consider the price once you’ve whittled down your choices to two or three reliable HVAC professionals.