Your home’s heating and air conditioning system is a major investment. That is why it is important to do some research before you choose a local company to maintain, repair or replace your residential HVAC system.

If you are planning to buy a new air conditioning and heating system, be aware that the contractor you use can be more important than the brand of equipment you select. So how do you find a HVAC Equipment Installation that is right for you?

Here are some tips to help you in your selection process:

Make A List– Gather the names of 2-3 HVAC contractors from whom you want to request bids. Check local listings and directories. Asking neighbors and friends is fine, but but don’t rely on one referral when choosing a contractor. Everyone has different HVAC system needs and selection criteria. What worked for your neighbor may not be the best solution for you.

Research– Find out the license and insurance requirements for your area. Make sure the HVAC Equipment Installation you are considering has a current license and insurance. Check the Better Business Bureau or local government agencies for complaints or ratings. Read online reviews for any contractor you are considering to see what previous customers say about their work.

References– A good HVAC contractor should be able to give you customer references if asked. Call recent customers and ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance as well as completion of the job within the agreed time frame and budget.

Energy Efficient Systems– Look for a contractor that sells ENERGY STAR qualified products. These systems meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offer significant long-term energy savings.

Qualifications and Experience– Today’s heating and cooling systems can be quite complex requiring service technicians that are certified with hands-on experience in order to perform equipment service and installation properly.  Ask prospective contractors what certifications they have, if they are an ENERGY STAR provider, or if they install heating and air conditioning systems according to ENERGY STAR Guidelines.

Home Evaluation– If you are purchasing a replacement heating and air conditioning system for your home, the HVAC contractor should come to your home to do a complete evaluation including inspecting your current system and measuring your home to match the correct heating and cooling equipment to your needs. Ask the contractor if he is is sizing the HVAC equipment for your home based on the ACCA Manual J, which is the industry standard.

Written, Itemized Estimates– When comparing HVAC contractor proposals, it is essential to compare system cost, energy efficiency and warranties. The lowest price may not always be the best deal.  If the heating and cooling equipment is not energy efficient, your energy costs will be higher over the long term.

Final Details In Writing: Get a signed, written agreement with the HVAC company before any work is started. Make sure this covers all specifics such as start and completion dates, complete installation costs, payment arrangements, and warranties. Read the entire agreement before signing.

Alpha Mechanical Service, Inc. provides expert HVAC system maintenance, repair and installation by UA S.T.A.R.® Certified Technicians in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. If you are considering a new heating and cooling system for your home, contact the professionals at Alpha Mechanical Service today. We have the knowledge and experience to help you choose an energy efficient system best suited for your home.

To keep your heating and cooling system operating at peak performance, contact Alpha to learn more about Residential Seasonal Maintenance Plans that can be custom tailored to your needs.

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