When it’s time to bring in a contractor to install your new HVAC system or inspect your current one, keep the following steps in mind:
The more you know the better decision you can make. Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. And before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating needs.
Ask for referrals
Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals. You can also contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area. Go online and check reviews of contractors. To look at Boer Brothers online reviews go here to learn more
Make some calls
Check out references, do an Internet search, and call the Better Business Bureau to check out the contractor you are considering. The more information you have about them, the more peace of mind you can have about the work being done in your home. Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance, and if the job was completed on time and within budget.
Check the credentials! Is the HVAC contractor properly licensed? Are they a member of any professional organizations? Vet your final choices by checking up on their credentials to ensure you are really getting the expertise you desire.
Get an evaluation. Ask the HVAC contractor to give your home a thorough inspection. This should give you insight into how your system works and any adjustments that might need to be made. The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn’t always better; a contractor should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.
Get an estimate
Get a written and itemized estimate. Consider warranties, how efficient the system will be, and overall cost of the work. To optimize energy efficiency and keep your long-term costs down, remember that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends using Energy Star products when installing a new HVAC system. When comparing contractors’ proposals (bids), be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher.
Use our contractor comparison sheet to find the best fit for you and your family. We will give you one when we come to deliver our estimate.
Get it in ink
Sign a written proposal with a contractor before work gets started. It’ll protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.
Let the work begin!
Expect regular updates on how the work is going, and if you have any questions about the equipment or the process, ask! Now is the time to learn.
Are you ready to hire a professional HVAC contractor? Your investment in a properly installed and maintained heating and cooling system means year-round comfort for a long time to come. Give us a call 919-929-9886 and begin a conversation about how you can save money and energy.