What should you pay attention to when hiring an HVAC company?
Considering HVAC is one of the most expensive systems in your home, choosing based on a coupon you receive in the mail might not be a wise choice. Instead, do your homework. It can help you make the smart choice.
Get educated – while you don’t have to become an HVAC technician to understand how your home’s heating and cooling system work, a few minutes online can tell you a lot about the company you’re thinking of doing business with. Spend a few minutes on their website. Is it filled with helpful tips and information? Do they have a resource page giving you information about licenses, insurance requirements, and other information to showcase they are a reputable company? Do they stand behind their work? You can usually pick out this information fairly quickly and understand how they operate as a business.
Get referrals – while many HVAC companies will have referrals ready and willing for you to consider, you can also perform due diligence on your own. Ask around your community – who do people recommend? In today’s world, you can also search online. What kind of reviews can you find on the companies you’re considering? With just a few reviews, you can start piecing together how a company works.
Get an estimate – this is your first chance to see how a company works. How do they list equipment? How do they itemize things out? If you get several proposals (and you should), it gives you a chance to ask questions to prospective HVAC companies. If you don’t like the answers you receive, it can prevent you from hiring the wrong company for the job.
Get the right equipment – while you can’t shop furnaces and air conditioners quite like you do other home appliances, you should still gain perspective about the equipment you ultimately select. Energy Star rated appliances can help you save money on your utility bills each month.
Get ready – installing new heating and cooling systems are a big job, and can often take a full day for installation. Remember, heating and cooling are part of your HVAC – heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Ensure you select the right equipment to match the size of your home. A full inspection should be performed before you finalize your equipment needs, including ensuring your ventilation system is working well. If any changes need to be made with the design, now is the time.
Hiring an HVAC company is more than finding someone to install new equipment. It’s also about trusting them to ensure your heating and cooling system is as efficient as possible, to help you save months years into the future.
Does the HVAC company you hire do all of that?