Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor
Choosing the right contractor for your home heating and air conditioning needs can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We have put together a list of tips that will help you hire the right heating and cooling contractor for your home:
Do your homework
First, make sure that you find out what the licensing and insurance requirements are for contractors in your state. Before you call a contractor, look at the model of your current air conditioning system. Make sure you can tell the contractor the exact model and then give them your system’s maintenance information and history.
Ask around for referrals
To find a contractor that others have had success with, ask around. Ask your friends, neighbors and colleagues for referrals. Also make sure to check with the Better Business Bureau and online organizations such as Angie’s List.
Call the contractor’s references
When you contact a contractor, ask for references, and then call those references. Ask about the contractor’s performance, and find out whether or not the job was completed on time and within budget.
Ask about special offers
A heating and cooling system is a big purchase, and one of the most expensive you will make as a homeowner. To keep costs down, ask about available rebates (and check Google). Typically, ENERGY STAR rebates are often available.
Look for ENERGY STAR
Speaking of ENERGY STAR, not only do they offer rebates, but ENERGY STAR products also meet the energy efficient guidelines as set up the Environmental Protection Agency. These air conditioning and heating systems offer you long-term savings.
Get a home evaluation
The contractor you choose should give you a thorough home inspection. This is to assess your home’s needs. Your contractor should only size a heating and cooling system based upon the size of your home and the level of insulation your home has.
Get a written estimate
Ask for a written, itemized estimate when you compare contractors’ bids. Make sure that you compare warranties as well as costs, and find out if the systems are energy efficient. Just because a price is low, it doesn’t mean it’s the best deal if it is not energy efficient.
When you do decide upon a contractor, make sure you get a signed, written proposal before the work begins. Get the contractor to specify costs, model numbers and the warranty as well as the job schedule.
With decades of experience in the Valley of the Sun, we are ready to help you with all your heating and air conditioning needs. Are you ready to get an estimate? Please contact Howard Air today!