Energy bills are a concern year-round especially during the winter and summer months when your heating and cooling systems run more frequently. Saving money is important to almost everyone. When looking to hire a contractor to maintain, repair or replace your heating and air conditioning system, find a reputable contractor.
The best time look for a contractor is when it’s not an emergency. This gives you time to research and find the right fit. Be sure to look for a company that stands by their work and will be around for years to come. Here are some tips for finding the right industry professional:
- Only hire a licensed contractor. Go to http://verify.tn.gov/ to see if your contractor is licensed and insured.
- Ask for referrals. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
- Check references. Search the Better Business Bureau, the regulatory board websites, and internet to see any complaint history.
- Ask for proof of insurance including worker’s compensation insurance. Companies with one employee or more are required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance.
- Get a written estimate. When comparing quotes, be sure to do an apples-to-apples comparison by reviewing price, energy efficiency, and warranties proposed by the contractors.
- Compare not just the price, but value. In this economy, it is understandable to think the cheapest price may be the best price but not when it comes to your heating and cooling system. As with most in life, price is usually an indication of quality. HVAC systems are a long term investment in your home comfort. The systems are complex so you want to make sure the company is licensed, insured and have trained technicians and installers.
- Educate yourself. Do some research on the types of equipment available, what are the features/options, what’s the efficiency and is it a good fit for your home comfort needs.
Some final thoughts. Just because a heating and cooling company is popular does not always mean they are the right fit for your family or business. Do your homework and check out the HVAC contractor’s credentials and reputation before signing an agreement.