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What You Should Know About Services This Year

Hiring the Right HVAC Contractor Finding an HVAC contractor who can give you the best service needs some research. However, your diligence will be repaid several times over in the form of your satisfaction. Here are tips to help you as you choose an HVAC contractor. Ask for referrals.
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Ask people you trust – relatives, friends, neighbors or colleagues – to provide referrals to contractors who’ve worked with them in the past. If the contractor did great with them, he’ll probably do great with you too.
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Research HVAC worker requirements, local and state. Ensure that the contractor you’re eyeing complies with all requirements for licensing, insurance, bonding and other professional credentials, both on a local and state level. Ask for information from your state HVAC licensing board or local building authorities. A reliable contractor is always eager to show evidence of their credentials; be wary of any contractor who isn’t. Call references. Ask the contractor to give you names and contact details of some of their past clients. Give these folks a call and ask how their their experience with the contractor had been. A good contractor should have a ready list of references who will be glad to talk to you. Ask the contractor to come and visit your home so they can personally assess your HVAC project. Ask for bids in writing. Request your top choice contractor to give you a written bid, and ask no less than two other qualified prospects for the same. Written bids show real interest coming from the contractor, and will be a huge help in controlling costs and preventing cost overruns and other unanticipated problems. Contract should be written. Make sure there will be a written contract that specifies the scope of the contractor’s job, the equipment to be installed, the materials to be used, and other details of the project. Also included in the contract should be the contractor’s expectations from you, including payment terms and your responsibilities as the homeowner. The contractor should secure all required permits. If remodeling and construction remodeling permits are needed for your project, have your contractor get them. An HVAC pro knows if your project requires a permit or not; and if it does, they would know exactly what to do. Ask what you can do to save money on the service. Contractors usually offer discounts if the project is done off season. You may even get tax credits or other incentives when you buy certain types of equipmient (for example, heat pumps). Pick high-efficiency equipment when possible. Inquire from your contractor about installing highly efficient heating and cooling equipment. You may have to pay more upfront, but you are sure to save significant amounts of cash in the long run. Always go for high-efficiency units, such as those which are Energy Star-certified.

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