If you’re in the market for a new HVAC professional, you might be afraid that you’ll choose the wrong one since your home’s heating and cooling system is such an integral part of your home’s overall efficiency and comfort. Here are 10 tips to help alleviate your stress:
- Ask friends and family — To considerably cut down your search time for a new HVAC professional, check with everyone you know to see if anyone can recommend one.
- Learn your stuff — Before you call around, make sure you know your equipment’s model numbers, in addition to its maintenance history.
- Get a list of references — Ask for a list of references from the contracting company and call each one to inquire on their experience with the hired technicians.
- Check for discounts — New customers can often get a discount on certain services and it never hurts to ask directly or take a look at the company’s website.
- Ask about licenses — Each contractor must adhere to license and insurance requirements dictated by the local governing board, and they will be able to provide documentation.
- Inquire about Energy Star — The best way to increase your home’s energy efficiency is to install equipment backed by the Energy Star label. Contractors should be pushing you toward this type of equipment.
- Expect a home evaluation — Your new contractor should want to perform a lengthy evaluation of your home’s energy efficiency and possible needs.
- Compare bids — When taking bids on a project, look at the whole picture and not just the one with the lowest price.
- Obtain written proposal — Before any work begins, it is essential that you obtain a written proposal that outlines your entire project, including how to handle any changes.
- Pass it on — If the contractor did a good job, be sure to pass it on so that other people can benefit from their professionalism and expertise.
For more expert advice when looking for an HVAC professional, or any other home comfort inquiries, contact the professionals at Team Bob’s. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC professionals and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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