For the average homeowner, there are many things about home ownership that are simple enough to handle – these might include basic knowledge of home energy systems, plumbing or permits general maintenance. But conversely, a large number of homeowners have very little knowledge about things like HVAC repairs or actions to take to see that the system continues to run properly.
When the HVAC system breaks down or works incorrectly, the average homeowner gets a bit panicked. After all, no one wants to think about needing to purchase a new home system. However, should you find yourself thinking it might be necessary, then it is time to talk to an HVAC contractor to be sure that you are getting the system that is perfectly compatible with your home's design – as well as with your needs.
But, that leaves another question – how do you determine which HVAC contractor to work with? After all, you do want to work with someone that you can count on. As you begin the process, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Find out what the requirements are for an HVAC contractor in your area. Then, you can simply disregard anyone who does not meet the standards. Many states require that the contractors have a minimum amount of on the job training / experience – typically at least 2-5 years – before they can be certified as contractors.
- Ask the people you know for the references and referrals. If you are not finding any consistency, consider going to a couple of home improvement stores and talking to employees there. You will be surprised at what they can often tell you about local companies.
- Look for an HVAC contractor that has special offers, and keeps you up to date about refunds, Energy Star benefits and other perks.
- Ask them to do a home evaluation. You might even want to have 2-3 of these done to be sure that everyone is saying the same thing.
- Be sure that the specific contractor carries / is skilled in the brand that you are considering your home. Not all HVAC units are the same, and you want one that will support your home's layout and needs.
- Be sure that once you make a decision about which HVAC contractor to work with, that you get all estimates written down, explained fully and that everything is as agreed upon before you sign or commit to anything!
Having an HVAC contractor that you trust and can depend on to do a good job is important. Of course, that means investing some time in finding someone that meets your needs and budget while still ensuring your home will be properly set up. Do you research then let them do the work – it's a win-win for everyone!