hvac contractorMore tips for choosing the best HVAC contractor for your home’s heating and cooling needs.

Expect a home evaluation:

  • The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home assessing your needs.
  • The heating and cooling system size is based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows.
  • An inspection of your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and to measure airflow.

Get written, itemized estimates:

  • Compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties of at least 3 contractor’s bids.
  • A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient (your energy costs will be higher).

Get it in ink:

  • Sign a written proposal with a contractor before work gets started.
  • The contract protects you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.

Purchase ENERGY STAR products:

  • They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA.
  • They offer significant long-term energy savings.
  • Contractors should be able to show you calculations of savings for ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment.

 

2 thoughts on “Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor – Part 2

  1. John Mahoney

    I agree with you in that it is always a good idea to remember to compare warranties and services from several contractors. It makes sense that doing this can help you get your heating and AC units serviced by someone that knows how to do it. As I see it, consulting with the BBB and reading what previous customers have to say about the companies you plan to hire can help you find the best.

  2. Scott

    I like that you suggested having a written contract before any work starts. I have been looking for someone to come install a heater in my new home. I can see how it would be good to have an agreement in writing, so there aren’t any disagreements about the work.

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