The last time you hired a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technician, he probably used a bunch of jargon you may not have understood. Read More 9 HVAC Terms Every Massachusetts Homeowner Should Be Comfortable Using >>
You probably know you should schedule HVAC maintenance twice per year, but do you know what you should do in advance to get ready for an appointment? Your tune-up will go more smoothly if you do the following tasks, either before you call to set up the appointment or in the hours before the technician arrives. Read More What To Do In Advance Of An HVAC Maintenance Visit >>
The Internet has transformed consumer shopping habits, enabling people to buy everything from jewelry to vacation property online. But the next time you’re able, try checking the internet for a shopping category that doesn’t exist: that of a certified HVAC expert. Read More Using A Certified HVAC Expert: Don’t Risk Your Home Comfort And ROI >>
HVAC contractors, like other businesses, can come and go. In fact, only about a third of new businesses last more than five years. Your heating and cooling equipment is the largest (and most expensive) appliance purchase for your home. When investing in such a major purchase, you need up-front information about a contractor to protect you, your purchase and your future home comfort. Read More Learn To Ask Good Questions When Looking For An HVAC Contractor >>
Preventive maintenance is essential for lengthening the life of your heating and cooling system and keeping it running efficiently. Just like with major repairs and equipment installations, you want to work with somebody you trust to handle your valuable home comfort equipment.
Finding a reputable contractor is not as simple as looking in the phone book. Ask these questions before you make your decision: Read More Need Preventive Maintenance? Use These Questions To Select A Reputable Contractor >>
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 >>
When the season ended last summer, was your air conditioning in good working order? Have you needed repairs during the past two seasons? Is your air conditioner more than 10 years old? Does your energy bill increase dramatically when the weather gets hot?
These are all questions to ask yourself to help determine how your cooling system will perform during the summer heat that’s about to arrive in Massachusetts. Here are a few “repair or replace” tips: Read More Will Your A/C Survive The Summer? Our Repair Or Replace Tips >>
Higher efficiency and other standards in the HVAC industry have given birth to newer and more complicated terms. Knowing how to translate these terms into plain English can help you make smart decisions about new equipment. Here are three of the most important terms and some in-depth information about just what they mean: Read More From AFUE to SEER: HVAC Terms Worth Knowing >>
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.
We all want the highest quality work when we’re paying our hard-earned money for services. This is especially true when those services pertain to our homes and help to provide safe and comfortable living environments for ourselves and our families. This is why it’s important to select a contractor who employs NATE certified technicians when choosing to have HVAC work done on our homes. Read More Qualified Technicians Display The Nate Logo >>