HVAC companies are only as good as the technicians they hire, so it’s important to know what qualifications they have. Most companies will prominently display their affiliations, so it’s easy to determine, but you can always ask your contractor to send a technician with specific certifications. Read More HVAC Companies’ Qualifications Can Be An Indicator Of Technician Quality: Here’s Why >>
Heating and air conditioning contractors are as different as the systems they sell and maintain. Being licensed to do business is very different than delivering quality, and experience counts for a lot. Choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor with deep knowledge and solid business practices pays big dividends, whether you’re shopping for maintenance or have decided to upgrade your HVAC system. Here are things to consider:
The right certifications are important. Also, look for a contractor whose technicians are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Your residential contractor should belong to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). All these certifications speak of experience, expertise and ethics.
Make sure the contractor is willing to make the trip to your home in order to correctly assess your needs. Load calculations and system sizing must be done on site, and an experienced contractor never guesses.
An experienced contractor is willing to “put it in writing.” Choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor who isn’t afraid to put estimates and proposals in writing means you’re choosing someone who knows what it takes to do the job right.
Choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor with experience is likely worth several points on the SEER and AFUE efficiency scales. It’s estimated that a correctly installed HVAC system can be up to 30 percent more efficient than others.
It pays to do your homework when you’re choosing a heating and air conditioning contractor, and one of the most experienced in Massachusetts is Rodenhiser. We’ve been making people comfortable for more than 80 years, and we’ll do the job the way it should be done. For more, visit the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. And when you’re ready to get to work, contact Rodenhiser.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about NATE certified contractors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Solutions Guide.