8 Tips on Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor
Installing a heating and cooling system in your home can be a
big job, so you need an HVAC
contractor who is up to the task. Before you turn your
hard-earned money over to an HVAC contractor, make sure you are
getting the best person for the job.
Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor
When it's time to bring in a contractor to install your new HVAC
system or inspect your current one, keep the following steps in
- Get educated. Research the license
and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. Research
your system as well, and have all your maintenance records ready.
If you are installing a new HVAC system, study it closely so you
know what to expect.
- Get referrals. Talk to neighbors,
colleagues, friends, and relatives about their HVAC installation.
Ask for recommendations. If one name keeps popping up, you may have
found your perfect match.
- Get an evaluation. Ask the HVAC
contractor to give your home a thorough inspection. This should
give you insight into how your system works and any adjustments
that might need to be made.
- Get an estimate. Get a written and
itemized estimate. Consider warranties, how efficient the system
will be, and overall cost of the work. To optimize energy
efficiency and keep your long-term costs down, remember that the
Environmental Protection Agency recommends using Energy Star products when
installing a new HVAC system.
- Make some calls. Check out
references, do an Internet search, and call the Better Business
Bureau to check out the contractor you are considering. The more
information you have about them, the more peace of mind you can
have about the work being done in your home.
- Check the credentials! Is the HVAC
contractor properly licensed? Are they a member of any professional
organizations? Vet your final choices by checking up on their
credentials to ensure you are really getting the expertise you
- Put it in writing. When you're
ready to start work, finalize the estimate and sign a formal
proposal for the work. Include information on overall cost, job
duration, specific model numbers, warranty information, and
anything else that is deemed appropriate for your particular
- Let the work begin! Expect regular
updates on how the work is going, and if you have any questions
about the equipment or the process, ask! Now is the time to
Are you ready to hire a professional HVAC contractor? Your
investment in a properly installed and maintained heating
and cooling system means year-round comfort for a long time to
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance
writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in
1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.
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