If your HVAC system is more than ten years old, it means you may be looking at replacing it in the near future. For systems that are fairly new, i.e., less than ten years old, regular maintenance is highly recommended for optimal performance and durability. It could also be you are constructing your dream home and most definitely want to install an HVAC system. Any HVAC related job should be handled by a qualified and experienced contractor. Here is a guide on choosing the most appropriate service provider for HVAC related tasks.
Arguably your HVAC system could be the most expensive thing you have in your home. It needs no mentioning that you can never entrust that to an inexperienced person to do maintenance, repair or fresh installation. Most states require proper licensing for all HVAC contractors. It will also be in your best interest to find a service provider that has insurance and bonding. Ensure you ask about the certifications a contractor and HVAC technician has before you hire them for the job. Rest assured there is more to a good service provider than having been in business for long. You want to look at stability in addition to longevity when it comes to HVAC contractors.
A good contractor should provide you with a thorough home evaluation report to help determine the best heating and cooling solution if you are looking to have a new system installed. They should be able to factor in such things as R-value of insulation, square footage of your home, number of windows and the direction in which the windows face. The report will also be complete if it contains information on a thorough inspection of your home’s duct system. As such, you should be wary of any service provider that will quote size of an HVAC unit based on square footage of your home alone. No doubt you should expect accurate figures that depict the accurate needs of your heating and cooling solutions. In their written submission they should also provide proposals for energy efficiency and warranties.
Some utility companies are known to extend some rebates to homeowners that install energy efficient equipment and a good service provider should advise you on such offers. A good contractor should be in a position to explain to you about energy star-rated models to ensure efficiency. That said, you can always ask for references and ensure you call them up to know if the contractor you are considering delivered to the customer’s expectations.