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8 Tips on Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor

8 Tips on Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor

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January 28, 2010

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 mind:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 desire.
  7. 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 job.
  8. 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 learn.

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 come.

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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