Choosing an HVAC Contractor

How Should I Choose a Heating or Cooling Contractor?

Look for contractors who are N.A.T.E. certified as well as factory trained and certified. They should do a “Manual J” heat load analysis to properly size any new equipment. Make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured, and ask for proof of this licensing. Be sure they obtain a permit for all applicable work. Check their record with the state Attorney General’s office, Better Business Bureau, and referral services such as “Angie’s List.” Finally, be sure to seek referrals from friends, family, and neighbors with similar values and needs. If they’ve been happy, odds are that you will be happy too.

Does the Contractor I Choose Really Make a Difference?

According to leading consumer and trade magazines and the U.S. Department of Energy, the heating and cooling contractor you choose does make a difference. The same equipment can be installed in the same home by two different contractors, and there can be a difference in comfort, equipment efficiency, and overall life.