There are very few things more important to a homeowner than hiring the right HVAC contractor to ensure that their heating and cooling systems stay in good working order. The trick is to know what to look for during your search. That’s why we’ve compiled some great tips to make the search much easier for you:
- Check for licenses – Every legitimate HVAC contractor will be able to supply documentation showing that they are properly licensed and insured, based on the guidelines of your area.
- Ask around – Your search for a reliable contractor can be quite short if anyone you know – friends, family, etc. – can recommend someone.
- Request a list of references – Ask for a list of references, and make sure you call each one. You can ask whatever you’d like, but the important thing is to get a good feel as to the quality and reliability of the contractor.
- Only accept NATE certification – HVAC technicians who have been certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence) are the best trained professionals in the industry, having gone through a rigorous testing program.
- Look for Energy Star – A good contractor knows the benefits of installing equipment sporting the Energy Star label, which means they’ll be willing to discuss the benefits of such units.
- Insist on written estimates – As a general rule, you should obtain written estimates from at least three different contractors. Don’t get too stuck on price, though. The price that’s much lower than the others could mean they’re cutting corners somewhere.
- Insist on written proposals, too – When you decide on a specific contractor, request a written proposal that details everything involved in the job, plus contingencies for anything that crops up during the job.
- Tell your friends – If you’re happy with the service, don’t forget to spread the word.
For more expert tips on hiring the right HVAC contractor, or for any questions related to home comfort, please contact the professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties since 1973.