How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Florissant02/19/2016Picking an HVAC contractor is an important decision that shouldn’t be made without doing some investigating to be sure you’re making the best choice. First, choose a contractor who will ask you about your wants and needs and then listen to you. With that information, they should be able to present up to four options from which you can select. When they arrange your installation, is it when you want it done, or when they can get to it? Will your contractor pull a permit on every job? Doing so will make certain that it meets all of your local codes. HVAC system installation is not a do-it yourself affair and a successful installation requires a contractor that is skilled in a variety of areas, from load calculation to piping and a bunch of steps in-between. You could get the best system, but if it’s installed incorrectly you may not get ideal performance. Here are a few other questions to help you make the best selection while searching for your HVAC contractor. Are they NATE-certified? NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is the largest non-profit certification organization for HVAC technicians. Certified technicians have verified their knowledge in the HVAC industry by passing real-world and rigorous tests designed by a committee of industry professionals. NATE-certified contractors have met the highest industry standards for knowledgeable installation and service. NATE certification will offer you peace-of-mind knowing your contractor has finished intense professional training. Do they have references or referrals? A professional HVAC company should be able to provide you with a list of recent customers that you can chat with and confirm the quality of their company’s work. Call their list of references and ask about their project and if they’d recommend their work. There are also official sources online such as the Better Business Bureau and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). The BBB allows you to look at the consumer ratings of an HVAC contractor and you’ll be shown any customer complaints against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit organization of more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors found on ACCA are sure to be committed to their profession and will be able to give referrals for previous work. Another route is crowdsourcing referrals from your friends and neighbors or on your social media networks. These are typically the most useful recommendations because they are coming from people you know. You’ll find out who to talk with and which contractors to avoid. If you’re on nextdoor.com you can literally ask for recommendations from people right next door. Contractors rely on positive word-of-mouth, so if someone you trust recommends them it’s likely they’ll do good work for you too. Are they properly licensed and insured? Not all states require licensure for heating and cooling contractors, but almost all of them do. It’s easy to search online to find out if your state requires a license so you know whether or not to ask for one when gathering quotes from a contractor. The reason a lot of states require licenses is simply to protect you from using a company that uses less than qualified workers. If you live in a state that requires licenses and the contractor you’re talking to doesn’t have one, it’s probably in your interest to look elsewhere to help circumvent any potential concerns. When is the best time to ask these questions? The best time to ask questions and find an HVAC contractor is right now, before something occurs with your system. Get your furnace inspected while it’s operating normally and schedule your routine maintenance. Your family’s health, comfort and safety is our business at B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant. Our HVAC pros would be happy to answer any and all of your questions. Call us at 314-838-9800 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online. We look forward to becoming your partner in keeping your system running safely and efficiently.