Whether you need a new system, a repair, or are due for a system check-up, follow these easy guidelines. You’ll be well on your way to picking your best HVAC professional.
Reputation and Experience
Reputation on and offline is important to investigate before you make a decision. Read online reviews both on the company website and anywhere else other homeowners are posting feedback like Google Reviews. It’s important to see what the company prides themselves on and then see if their reviews match up with what they claim. While a few negative reviews are bound to happen, since it’s impossible to please everyone, a pattern of complaints are a good indication that a company has a bad track record. Asking your neighbors, family, and community is also a good way to find trustworthy companies with satisfied customers.
Investigate an HVAC company’s track record or experience. You want insured professionals who’ve been in the business, and who have experienced many different HVAC systems and situations. Experience means less mistakes, faster service, and quality work. Your professional should be able to answer any questions you have about your heating and ac systems such as air changes per hour, coils, ducts, cleaning procedures and filter changes you can do yourself, and any other related question you might have. You should also ask them about any subcontractors they hire, such as electricians if needed, to complete the project so that you can make sure they are also insured and reputable.
Cost and Benefits
Don’t choose a company based only on price. Reputable professionals have overhead and insurance, which they adjust their prices with to cover the costs. You only want credible professionals working on this important system in your home. To get someone less trained, certified, or insured increases the chance for disasters such a carbon monoxide leaks or breakdowns like broken coils or blocked air ducts. It’s worthwhile to spend a little more on an established and certified HVAC professional who has warranties and quality material, than it is to risk your safety and lose money on someone who doesn’t.
Additionally, the fact that a good HVAC company has insurance and credentials means that if they mess up, it’s on them and their dime. If an accident happens, it’s on their dime. Not yours. Insurance is an absolute must from your HVAC experts.
So, if it comes down to price, remember that cheaper isn’t necessarily better. Research your top-notch choices with the credentials, then make a decision from there.
Quality and Warranties
Not all systems and equipment are created equal. Ask your prospective HVAC professionals about their material manufacturer, then research that company to make sure their materials are quality. The better the materials, the better the efficiency, the more money you’ll save.
Additionally, insure that the materials and labor are under warranty. Your floor needs to be protected from issues such as premature wear and material defects. Any HVAC professional worth their salt will back up their equipment and labor. Warranties standards vary from state to state. You may want to check your state’s Department of License and Regulations to be sure of any laws that maintain how warranties should be conducted. However, most companies will give equipment or labor warranties that cover 5-15 years with 10 years being the typical length.
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