Old HVAC systems need to be replaced anytime between ten and fifteen years for optimal performance. On the other hand, if you have a newer system, you want to ensure that it runs at its optimal by scheduling some regular maintenance; at least once every year. When you are building your home, chances are high you will need to have an HVAC system installed. Any HVAC related job should be handled by a qualified and experienced contractor. How do you choose one?
It is highly likely your HVAC system is the most expensive equipment you have in your entire home. You cannot afford to work with a quack when it comes to the maintenance, repair or installation of your HVAC system. This could be the reason why it is a minimum requirement in most states today to have people dealing with heating and cooling systems licensed and certified. 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. Longevity in business alone will not guarantee you a perfect job. However, stability could be an indicator they are doing things right so be sure to look for stability in a service provider.
A good contractor should provide you with a thorough home evaluation report to help determine the best heating and cooling solution if you are looking to have a new system installed. They should be able to factor in such things as R-value of insulation, square footage of your home, number of windows and the direction in which the windows face. It is also expected that the contractor inspects the duct system for any leaks, insulation or lose parts. As such, you should be wary of any service provider that will quote size of an HVAC unit based on square footage of your home alone. No doubt you should expect accurate figures that depict the accurate needs of your heating and cooling solutions. Just a quick point, you should never choose a contractor based on a low price tag alone, you have to look at other factors that make a good service provider.
Be sure to find a service provider that gives you professional advice and guidance on rebates and special offers from utility companies. A good contractor should be in a position to explain to you about energy star-rated models to ensure efficiency. 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.