How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Charlottesville02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of picking an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and make sure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a project you want to attempt to DIY. It’s important to secure a contractor that is highly skilled in multiple areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure local codes are met, check piping and a bunch of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t receive a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get inferior performance from your system. The experts at Beck Cohen have put together some questions to ask to guide you on your journey of finding your ideal HVAC contractor. Do they have references or referrals? When deciding to work with a company they should be able to give you a list of recent customers that can verify the quality of their work. From there you can call and inquire about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. There are other sources you can look into like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to look through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that enlists the knowledge of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are members of ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. An additional option is enlisting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are given by people you know and trust. In most cases you’ll not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for suggestions from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a social network of your neighbors. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can guarantee that you’re getting a contractor that meets the highest standards in installation and service. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is a non-profit organization for HVAC technicians. Before becoming NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were created by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect consumers from companies that use inexperienced workers. A short online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you reside in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent any issues. When to ask these questions? The perfect time to locate a quality HVAC contractor is before anything breaks down. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville. Our professionals will gladly answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.