It’s important to choose the most qualified and competent HVAC contractor in your area because your comfort, safety and energy bills depend on how well they do their jobs. Heating and cooling systems are complex and expensive, and their performance and durability depend on the quality of service the contractor provides.
- Current licensing, bonding and insurance. The state of Georgia requires all HVAC contractors to have either a Class 1 or 2 license to practice. A Class 2 license allows the contractor to work on larger HVAC systems and requires more experience. The contractor should have a surety bond and liability insurance to protect you from any financial damages.
- Professional certifications. Look for NATE-certified contractors. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is a non-profit professional organization that only awards their certification to the most skilled and knowledgeable in the HVAC field. Maintaining certification requires continuing education and stringent testing every two years.Another membership to look for is ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) affiliation. These contractors have access to the most up-to-date information in the HVAC field. The organization stresses energy efficiency and emerging technologies that promote it, as well as maximizing efficiency for existing HVAC systems. Energy Star certification indicates the contractor practices the most efficient and careful installation of new equipment.
- Local reputation. While online reviews can offer some insight into an HVAC contractor, the best source to check is the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This impartial organization grades businesses and contractors on their customer satisfaction and performance. You can rely on the BBB to provide an accurate rating for the contractor.
- Uses industry software tools. When you interview a contractor for a new system, insist that they perform a load calculation for your home using Manual J software. Be wary of contractors who go by the size of your existing system. The most important aspect of system selection and installation is sizing it correctly. A reputable contractor will not give new system quotes over the phone.
To learn more about choosing a contractor, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing NATE-certified HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about choosing an HVAC contractor and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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