Hiring Heating & Cooling Contractors can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know a lot about it. Luckily, the Energy Star website, has provided a 10 Tips for Hiring a Heating & Cooling Contractor reference.
10 Tips for Hiring a Heating & Cooling Contractor
- Study up — Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. And before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating needs.
- Ask for referrals — Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals. You can also contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area.
- Call references — Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance, and if the job was completed on time and within budget.
- Find special offers — A heating and cooling system is one of the largest purchases you’ll make as a homeowner. Keep your costs down by checking around for available rebates on energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment. Begin your search at www.energystar.gov.
- Look for ENERGY STAR — ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offer significant long-term energy savings. Contractors should be able to show you calculations of savings for ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment.
- Expect a home evaluation — The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn’t always better; a contractor should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.
- Get written, itemized estimates — When comparing contractors’ proposals (bids), be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher.
- Get it in ink — Sign a written proposal with a contractor before work gets started. It’ll protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.
- Pass it on — Tell friends and family about ENERGY STAR. Almost one-quarter of households knowingly purchased at least one qualified product last year, and 71% of those consumers say they would recommend ENERGY STAR to a friend. Spread the word, and we can all make a big difference.
- Get the ENERGY STAR Guide — For complete information on keeping your home comfortable year-round, get the ENERGY STAR Guide to Energy Efficient Cooling and Heating (2.6 MB) or 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
If you are Hiring Heating & Cooling Contractors, the Energy Star tips can help you get started. However, a lot can happen, after Hiring Heating & Cooling Contractors. So, Alabama Cooling and Heating has taken the time to formulate an additional “12 Questions to ask when Hiring Heating & Cooling Contractors.”
12 Questions to ask when Hiring Heating & Cooling Contractors
- Ask us about how long our company has been in the business.
- Ask us about whether or not our company is fully licensed by the State of Alabama.
- Ask us about our Worker’s Compensation and Liability Insurance Certificate.
- Ask us about our written 100% Satisfaction Guarantees.
- Ask us about service department.
- Ask us about our warranties and our warranty service hours (in case of an after hours issue).
- Ask us about our Residential Planned Maintenance Agreement Programs.
- Ask us about Financing Options.
- Ask us about the name-brand equipment we sell and its proven quality.
- Ask us about equipment that is properly matched and sized for your home.
- Ask us about the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of the equipment.
- Ask us about Financing Options?
We would love to answer these questions for you, when you are Hiring Heating & Cooling Contractors