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Tips for Choosing a Qualified HVAC Contractor

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Resources, Variety

Whether it’s summer or winter, you want to ensure that your heating and air conditioning system is operating at its very best. To do this, you need a great HVAC company to provide regular maintenance and repair. To ensure that you’re choosing the best contractor possible, begin by doing a little bit of research on the licensing requirements for contractors in your location. This way, you’ll know right away if a contractor is properly qualified. Create a short-list of qualified contractors, and make sure you know your system’s model and maintenance history in case the contractor has any questions.

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If your short-list is too long or you aren’t sure where to begin, try to get a referral for a good contractor. Ask your family members or friends if they can recommend a good HVAC contractor who has done a great job for them, like Brewer Refrigeration Heating and Air Conditioning. Alternatively, you can contact the trade organisation in your area for a list of some of their members. Once you’ve narrowed the list down to a couple of contractors, call them and ask for references from some of their customers. You will want to know what their service standards are
like and whether they completed the job on time and without going over budget.

Most contractors will perform a home evaluation before beginning the work to assess exactly what your needs are, including inspecting the duct system for leaks and measuring airflow throughout the rooms. They will also offer you recommendations about which system may be best for your home; however, remember that a bigger system isn’t necessarily better for you, and may increase your energy costs. Many contractors recommend EnergyStar HVAC systems to their clients.

Once the contractor has done an assessment, ask for a written, itemised estimate so that you can compare bids from various contractors. Be careful not to choose a contractor simply because they have the lowest bid, since you also need to compare the energy efficiency ratios and warranties. Once you have selected the best contractor for your needs, sign all necessary paperwork before the work begins, and ensure the contract includes the full costs of the project as well as a job schedule.

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