Old HVAC systems need to be replaced anytime between ten and fifteen years for optimal performance. Still, if your system is newer, it is important to schedule regular maintenance to be assured of longevity and optimal performance. 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. How do you choose one?
Arguably your HVAC system could be the most expensive thing you have in your home. You cannot afford to entrust such an expensive unit to someone who isn’t trained and experienced in HVAC installation, repair or maintenance. Most states require proper licensing for all HVAC contractors. License, insurance, and bonding are the bare minimums when it comes to HVAC contractors. It is also within your legal mandate to ask for any certifications that an HVAC contractor or technician holds. Be advised that being in business for a long time shouldn’t be the only indicator and guarantee you will have a job done perfectly. However, stability could be an indicator they are doing things right so be sure to look for stability in a service provider.
Further, the best service provider knows all too well that they should provide a homeowner with a thorough evaluation report if they are to get the perfect solution for one’s heating and cooling needs. This is where such things as the square footage of the home, the R-value of insulation and the number of windows and how they are facing are parameters used to come up with the evaluation report. During the evaluation and inspection period, the contractor should also inspect the duct system of your home checking for any loose segments, leakages, and insulation. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a competent service provider to quote the right size of your HVAC unit simply based on your home’s square footage alone. They should use accurate calculations to provide accurate figures. Once they have the evaluation, they should give you a written, itemized estimate so you can compare quotes from different prospective contractors.
It would be best to work with a contractor that will advise you on any special offers or rebates that will bring your costs down. They should also be able to advise you accordingly on energy-efficient star-rated models. 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.