When it comes to choosing someone to care for and/or replace your heating and cooling system, it is important to pick someone knowledgeable and trustworthy. The HVAC system in any home can be one of the most expensive things to repair or replace, and also one of the most important appliances you may own.
Just imagine suffering through a brutal Maryland winter with no heat, or a hot, humid summer without the comfort of air conditioning, and you’ll realize the importance of your heating and cooling system.
The following tips will help you hire the right person to take care of your furnace and air conditioning repair, saving you energy and money in the long run:
- Ask around: Begin by asking friends, coworkers and neighbors for referrals. Chances are someone you know has a great reference for an HVAC contractor, such as Blue Dot, that they’ve used in the past.
- Do some research: Study up on your current system, and take note of any problem areas in your home. Try to learn about license and insurance requirements in your area so you can ensure your prospective HVAC contractor has all the right requirements.
- Schedule a visit: A reliable HVAC contractor will come to your home to evaluate necessary furnace or AC repairs. An over-the-phone quote is often not reliable, as it can be nearly impossible to determine the scope of service needed without examining the HVAC system in person.
- Compare quotes: And get them in writing. The lowest bid isn’t always the best bid—often times, a higher estimate will actually offer a better value. Be wary of extremely low bids, as the contractor may be trying to unload outdated equipment or may not be including all services that are needed.
- Ask about future costs: A good contractor should be able to estimate your yearly heating and cooling costs—your energy bills—for the equipment they are suggesting. Be sure to ask about energy-saving furnaces and air conditioning units to save money on future energy bills.
Once you’ve done a little homework and vetted potential heating or air conditioning contractors, you should feel confident in your decision of who you hire.