When it comes to HVAC work, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. There are many HVAC companies to choose from, and they are not all created equally. With such a significant investment, it’s important to choose the right one for you.
To help make the process easier, we’ve put together 5 tips for what to look for when you’re seeking out an HVAC company.
First of All – What is HVAC?
HVAC is an acronym for “Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning”. Essentially, these are systems that have been designed to provide thermal comfort and quality air to an indoor space. HVAC technicians install, maintain, and repair all of the equipment that plays a role in this process.
Choosing an HVAC Company
As we’ve mentioned, the process of selecting an HVAC company can seem overwhelming. Here are a few key factors to consider in your search:
1. In-Person Estimates
There are many factors to take into account when providing an estimate for a new HVAC system such as ducting, number of registers and the type of insulation in your home. For this reason, it’s difficult to provide an accurate estimate over the phone. A good HVAC technician will come to your home to properly survey the situation before providing you with an estimate.
2. Written Bids or Estimates
Speaking of estimates, it’s important to always get something in writing. Be wary of companies who insist on verbal agreements. A reputable HVAC company will provide a written bid that details the list of work to be done, the components necessary, and the breakdown of prices.
This protects the customer from rising or hidden costs and provides a framework for the company to adhere to.
Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. With all of the different channels available to us online, people are able to share their opinions, experiences, and reviews with a much wider audience. When researching HVAC contractors, be sure to take full advantage of this!
Google is a great place to start, with many businesses having Google reviews from past and current clients. Google does not filter their reviews, so you’ll be able to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can also visit the Better Business Bureau’s website. They provide company information and a business rating.
When reading reviews, be sure to pay attention to the written review as well as the star rating. You’ll be able to find out more specific details about other people’s experiences with the company.
4. Required Licenses and Certifications
A reputable HVAC company will have current and required licenses and certifications. Ask to see copies of these. Having a license means that an HVAC company is trained and competent in ensuring the work is done properly and to high safety standards.
In Alberta, you can contact Service Alberta (1-877-427-4088) or visit their site to find out if a contractor is licensed.
5. Compare Companies
Before you settle on an HVAC company, you should acquire at least 3 estimates. From there, you can compare prices, warranties, and maintenance agreements.
Don’t always jump at the lowest price. Low pricing could potentially reflect the quality of work and equipment unless the company is offering a sale or discount.
Contact Peak Hydronics for Your Estimate!
We pride ourselves in providing our clients with quick and thorough service when it comes to their HVAC needs. Contact us today to request your quote!