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What to Look for When Hiring an HVAC Contractor

How comfortable you are going to be in your home largely depends on your HVAC system. Taking care of that system isn’t something you want to turn over to someone who is not competent. Below are some factors to consider when hiring an HVAC contractor.* Licensing and certification- Technicians should be properly licensed at the very least. Beyond that, look for companies that hire technicians with the NATE certification (North American Technician Excellence) certification. The company itself should be licensed, code-compliant and carry workers’ compensation insurance.
* Comprehensive knowledge- Technicians should have up to date knowledge of a variety of home comfort products and services. This goes beyond equipment maintenance and installation. Technicians should also be able to give you tips on how to reduce energy bills, and improving the comfort level in your home with products that improve indoor air quality.
* Comprehensive skill set- Choose a company that has the knowledge and experience to help you choose the proper equipment and the skill to design and install systems. You also want to look for a company that will make repairs and do maintenance. Buying amaintenance plan is a wise investment.
* Customized solutions- There is a no one size fits all in HVAC. A technician should be able to listen to your concerns and come up with a customized solution to provide you with the most comfort. If the proposed soltution is not within your budget, the technician shoule be able to offer you other workable solutions.
* A Good Reputation- If a company has been in business for a long time, the chances are it’s because they provide a good product and service. Ask the company for references and make sure that they have a good rating with the BBB. Angie’s List is another good source for finding contractors that provide good work.

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