Getting started with finding the best local HVAC contractor near you can be a difficult task with many things to consider along the way. In this article, we break down the process so you can get started saving money and energy with your new HVAC system as soon as possible.
1. Find Out What it Takes to Operate as an HVAC Contractor in Your State
As tempting as it might be to jump right into the process, it’ll help speed things along and keep the HVAC contractor search process smooth if you collect crucial information from the get-go. Find out what the requirements are to be a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor within your state, and always make sure any HVAC contractor you concern is registered in your state. Climate Masters’ registered contractor number is AL#97026
2. Research Online Reviews and Ask Your Neighbors For Referrals
Sometimes the easiest way to find the most reputable contractor is to simply ask. Some of your neighbors probably have a go-to suggestion when it comes to their home’s HVAC system. Follow up with checking Google Reviews, the Better Business Bureau, and sites like Angie’s List to get a better consensus of options.
3. The Biggest Contractors Aren’t Always the Best
Often the best heating and cooling companies near you won’t be the ones you’ll see the most online. Find established contractors who have been in business in your local area for years. Those are the ones who have build trust with their community and have decades of industry experience
4. Make a List of Problem Areas in Your Home
If you’re looking to repair or replace an existing HVAC system, be sure to note any air flow issues, hot spots, leaking vents, etc. so that your contractor can more accurately assess the situation. This will speed up inspection times, equipment assessment and aid in designing the perfect system for your home.
5. Look for an HVAC Contractor Who Can Provide Financing Opportunities
Replacing, even repairing, your home’s air conditioning and heating system can be a financially daunting thought, and it’s something to consider when hiring your HVAC contractor. Oftentimes, a well-established residential HVAC contractor will be a factory-authorized dealer for a major air conditioning manufacturer. These manufacturers will almost certainly have great financing offers to cover equipment and installation costs.
6. Find Out Whether Your Power Company Offers Financing and Rebates to Improve your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Many states have local utilities looking to incentivize their home owning customers to weatherize and improve their home’s heating and cooling system. In our neck of the woods, Alabama Power is offering Smart Financing for new systems and repairs installed by the most reputable local HVAC contractors.
7. Anticipate a Thorough Home Inspection
The best residential contractors will spend a decent amount of time inspecting every portion of your home’s heating and air conditioning system, including its ventilation and ductwork, in order to assess the best fitting system for your home in regard to a multitude of factors. Make sure the inspection team is able to access your system in its entirety.
8. Get Written, Itemized Estimates
Reputable HVAC companies will provide you with a detailed, printed (or handwritten) estimate for your new system with itemized costs. Bear in mind that the lowest overall estimate may not be the most cost effective solution for your home. A lower initial cost for a wildly less efficient, undersized HVAC system is going to cost you vastly more in monthly energy bills, maintenance costs, and comfort over the course of its lifetime.
9. Make Sure Everything’s Signed in Ink
Prior to your HVAC contractor starting work, make sure you've signed a written proposal that denotes project costs, model numbers, and warranty information.
10. Word-of-Mouth for a Great Experience
After the job’s complete, be sure to leave reviews and feedback for your HVAC contractor, especially if you had a positive experience. Leaving comments on Google reviews, and HVAC listing sites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau, help people like you find the best air conditioning contractors.