Choosing the right HVAC contractor is like buying a new car. You want to be able to look around, check if it fits you (and family), know the price, and find the best deal. What many people fail to realize is that you need an HVAC system personalized for you and your home. A heating and cooling unit that is too big for your home (we will expand on this further below) will not be a good fit for your house. Here is a short guide on what you should look for when you are in the market for a new HVAC.
Ask a friend or neighbor for a contractor they might know
Your friends, family, and/or neighbors might know a contractor they’ve personally worked with and refer you to them. Depending on their experience with that contractor, it can be a good idea to give them a call and get more information.
If they give you a “good” estimate over the phone, ignore it
If a contractor gives you an estimate over the phone, know that it will change when they perform a home inspection. A good contractor will give you an estimate based on the different characteristics of your home. One of the most important procedures that a good contractor will perform is a Manual J calculation. This determines the correct HVAC unit size for your house using factors like square footage (size of home), ductwork, number and style of windows, climate zone, amount and quality of insulation, natural sunlight and shade, and the number of people in the home. If the contractor does not perform the manual J calculation, you won’t be receiving the best HVAC unit for your home.
A rough estimate of the size of the HVAC unit appropriate for the size of your home can be seen in the chart below:
Is the contractor licensed, certified, and insured
Becoming a professional HVAC technician to perform heating/ air conditioning installations and services takes real experience and knowledge. If the contractor you are considering does not have these required qualifications, it’s not a good idea to work with them.
Read online reviews
You can find out what others are saying about the contractor from online reviews. This can give you confidence in knowing that they are trustworthy and reliable. Not everyone gives a perfect service every time so you can expect some negative reviews. If there is a large number of bad experiences, it may be better to avoid that contractor.
Getting estimates from other companies gives you the opportunity to choose the best option. However, you should be wary of the lowest costing option when considering an HVAC contractor. Although companies may charge less, they may not perform a comprehensive service. It hurts us when we get calls from new clients asking for help because their new HVAC unit isn’t working properly. Many companies try to entice you with “bargains” for heating and cooling installation but tend to provide a lower quality of service. Make sure that you are getting a trustworthy and reliable service for the investment you are making for any HVAC service.
If you’re looking to save money on the energy costs incurred from an HVAC unit, make sure the contractor offers energy-efficient models. ENERGY STAR certified products will ensure that your utility costs will be lower than that of regular models.
They should give you advice, not a sales pitch
Many contractors are only focused on persuading you to purchase their HVAC installation service. A good contractor will give you advice and guide you to the best choice for your home. We personally focus on being your trusted advisor because we want you to have the comfort you want.. We’ll tell you if you need a new HVAC installation, or if you need nothing more than a furnace, air conditioning, and/or air duct repair. Whatever their recommendation is, make sure they educate and explain why they came to that conclusion.
HVAC contractors should be trustworthy, reliable, and qualified for homeowners. We provide comprehensive HVAC services so you can rest assured you will get unmatched quality. Some of our services include furnace installation, furnace repair, heating maintenance, air conditioning installation, air conditioning repair, air conditioning maintenance, air duct installation, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, thermostat installation, and thermostat repair.