Here are a few tips from Energy Star® on how to find the right contractor for your home. You’ll soon see that Home Aire Care Heating & Cooling is the right company for you and your family.
Study up — Find out about license and insurance requirements for HVAC contractors in your province and before you call a company, know the model of your current system. Also, make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help us better understand your heating/cooling needs.
Ask for referrals — Ask friends, neighbours and co-workers for HVAC contractor referrals. You can also contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area.
Call references — Ask heating & cooling contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractors’ installation or service performance and if the job was completed on time and within budget.
Find special offers — A heating and cooling system is one of the largest purchases you’ll make as a homeowner. Keep your costs down by checking around for available rebates on energy-efficient Energy Star qualified heating and cooling equipment.
Expect a home evaluation — The heating & air conditioning contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current HVAC system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn’t always better; a company should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation and windows. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure air flow to make sure it meets the manufacturer’s specifications.
Get written, itemized estimates — When comparing HVAC contractors’ proposals be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher.
Get it in ink — Sign a written proposal with a heating & air conditioning contractor before work gets started. It’ll protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.
Pass it on — Tell friends and family about the HVAC contractor you choose, because your experience counts and you never know when someone is struggling to find a qualified heating & air conditioning contractor. Spread the word, we can all make a big difference.