Finding a quality HVAC professional can both be an intimidating and annoying task. This is due to the fact that there are countless HVAC professionals to pick from and you have no way of objectively knowing which contractors are worth hiring.
However, this process can be easier for you if you know what to look for when hiring an HVAC contractor.
Has proper certification
An HVAC firm should use technicians with NATE certification. This is a sign that the firm hires professional, efficient, and well-informed technicians.
Has a solid reputation
It pays to look for an HVAC contractor with consistently great reviews. Log on to the BBB website to find potential contractors. This site is a great platform that rates firms from A+ to F.
Is a member of a professional association
Find HVAC contractors who belong to ACCA. You can visit the ACCA website and find contractors who are registered with this association.
Surveys your home before providing estimates of cost
Before coming up with any specific estimate, an HVAC professional should always take a tour of your home. Ignore any contractor that attempts to provide estimates on the phone before surveying your home.
They might give you a low estimate over the telephone and then bump up the cost when they arrive at your house.
Sells premium products
Ask potential HVAC professionals if they sell items with energy star rating. This ensures you buy quality products that are also energy efficient.
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 heating and cooling bills for the whole year
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 recommend that you buy 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.
Unlikely to offer the lowest price
When you begin your search, make sure to avoid the lowest price. You’ll most likely find a shady contractor who is uninsured, unlicensed, and works from home. They’ll most likely install your equipment poorly, leading to increased energy bills.
You should take price into account once you’ve narrowed your options to two or three quality HVAC contractors.