Updated: Sep 19, 2018
The internet is full of stories and tips for choosing an air conditioning and heating company. And, understandably so. No one wants to be dealing with a malfunctioning HVAC unit, but choosing the wrong company can effect your home and wallet for years to come.
To help you in your evaluating potential HVAC contractors, we’ve compiled the following tips, some found from energystar.gov and the Better business Bureau,both great places to start whether you are looking to hire someone to come into your home to do maintenance on your HVAC system or you are anticipating that you may need to purchase a new system for your home.
1. Do your homework: Make sure you are familiar with Florida’s license and insurance requirements and the permits required by the county you reside in. Contact local trade organizations such as business groups for names of members. Visit potential contractors websites to see if their culture and services are a good fit for your HVAC needs.
2. Get your “ducts” in a row: Before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its repair history. If you have concerns about your system, make a note of them, in particular, any rooms that are warmer or cooler than you would like them to be. This will help potential contractors better understand your situation and give you a more accurate quote, eliminating most surprise costs after they arrive.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask: Talk to friends, neighbors, and co-workers and ask for contractor referrals. Social media can be a big help here too. For example, you can ask your Facebook friends for contractor recommendations and look at any potential contractor’s Facebook, Twitter and Google reviews to see what customers are saying there.
4. Check references: Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance. See if the contractor cleaned up after him or herself properly and whether the job was completed on time and within budget.
5. Look for special offers. When it’s time to buy, find out if there are any rebates on energy-efficient cooling systems. Individual companies will also have special offers available that can be taken advantage of,saving you hundreds and sometimes thousands over competitors prices. Also, ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offer significant long-term energy savings.
6.Get it in writing: Ask for written or emailed itemized estimates. When comparing contractors’ bids, be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency, warranties and additional premium services or products included.
7.Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Be sure to shop around and get several quotes. Keep in mind that the cheapest may not be the best deal if it’s not the most energy efficient or right system for your home. On the flip side it can be easy to overpay and be under serviced. Make sure that you’re choosing the best value and best service for your money, not the most recognized name or cheapest bid. You should look for the combination of quality work and service at an affordable price.
8.Sign on the dotted line: A signed, written agreement with a contractor before work gets started will protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, timelines and warranty details.
If you follow these tips you will likely find a excellent and affordable company like Dayton Heating & Air who will keep you and you home comfortable for years to come.