Get information about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. Also, get to know about the model and maintenance history of your current system before calling a contractor. And, make note of the uncomfortable rooms as it will help potential contractors to understand your heating needs better.
Asking friends, neighbors, and co-workers for contractor referrals is always a great step. Another way is contacting local trade organizations for names of members in your area.
Ask renowned contractors for references of their customers whom they have already served. Call those customers and ask them about the contractor’s performance during installation, service, and punctuality.
A heating and cooling system is one of the greatest purchases for your home. Hence, you should look for special offers related to energy-efficient or energy-star qualified equipment for maximum financial savings.
The main quality of Energy Star qualified products is that they are built by following all the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the respective Government’s Environmental Protection Agency and they are capable to offer significant long-term energy savings. For such products, contractors must be able to show you the savings for Energy Star heating and cooling equipment through detailed calculation.
The contractor is supposed to thoroughly inspect your current system and home to assess your actual needs. The theory of a bigger system to be always better is never true. A contractor is expected to decide the size of the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and properties of the windows. A good contractor will usually inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks, insulation, and measure airflow to make sure that it meets manufacturer specifications.
Compare contractors’ proposals based on the cost, energy efficiency, and warranties. Don’t always go for the lowest price without analyzing the efficiency and other aspects.
Before the work starts, sign a written contract with the contractor. It will protect your rights as the total project cost, model numbers, job schedule, warranty information everything will remain written as the terms of the contract.
Acknowledge friends and family about energy-star qualified products. This makes the maximum percentage of households knowingly buy energy-star qualified products and inspires them to spread the word further. This way, we will be able to make a big difference together.
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