How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Saint Peters02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of picking an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to seek out a contractor that will listen to you and ensure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. You’ll need to find a contractor that is highly skilled in a number of areas. They will evaluate your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure local codes are met, check piping and a bunch of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system isn’t getting a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The professionals at C-N-O Comfort Zone have put together some questions to ask to guide you on your journey of finding your ideal HVAC contractor. Do they have references or referrals? Before you work with a company they should be able to furnish you with a list of recent customers that can corroborate the quality of their work. Once you receive that you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are happy with the results and if they would hire the company again in the future. You can also check with sources like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Searching a contractor on BBB will allow you to look through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that employs the know-how of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are members of ACCA are serious about their profession and will happily provide you with referrals. An additional option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received from people you know and trust. You’ll most likely not only get feedback on what contractors to use, but also who to avoid. If you’re looking for suggestions from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a a social network comprised only of your neighbors. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can have confidence that you’re getting a contractor that meets the highest standards in installation and service. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is a non-profit organization for HVAC technicians. Before becoming NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were created by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Almost every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This provides protection for consumers from companies that use inexperienced workers. A quick online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you are living in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to avert any issues. When to ask these questions? The perfect time to find a quality HVAC contractor is before you experience a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters. Our professionals will gladly answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 636-578-1777 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.