In the market for an HVAC upgrade? Building a new home and need a reliable HVAC contractor? Complete Mechanical advises that you do your homework before making the decision as to who will be responsible for conditioning your living space! Keep the following tips in mind when making your decision:
Study, study, study!
Be sure to fully understand local codes and licensing requirements before beginning any project. Also, be familiar with your current Seattle Heating System (if applicable) and its maintenance history. It is important to make your contractor aware of any rooms that do not heat or cool sufficiently. This will help your Heating Expert from Complete Mechanical better understand your needs.
Talk to friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. about contractors they may have used in the past for HVAC work. Another great source for referrals is local trade organizations to get the names of members in your area.
Ask your ‘short-listed’ contractors for customer references. Call the names on that reference list and ask about the contractor’s performance and professionalism. Be sure to ask whether the deadlines and budget were met. It’s not a bad idea to contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in your area to ferret out any potential complaints. Rest assured, Complete Mechanical is rated A+ by the BBB.
By visiting www.energystar.gov website, you can find rebate programs on qualified equipment for heating and cooling. Also check the Complete Mechanical website to be sure to not miss any local rebates or seasonal specials from the contractor.
Look for a contractor that meets offers products that meet the ENERGY STAR qualifications. Ask the Complete Mechanical Heating Expert for energy savings calculations to help choose the best product for your home or business.
To help determine your heating/cooling requirements, the HVAC Experts from Complete Mechanical will perform an in-home evaluation. This will entail inspection of your current system and assessing your needs. Remember, bigger isn’t always better concerning HVAC systems! Your heating and cooling system should be sized based on:
- size of your home
- level of insulation in your home
- number of windows and doors
- excessive air infiltration
Your ductwork will also be inspected for leaks and quality/condition of insulation. The airflow will be measured through your ductwork to assure it meets the proposed system requirements.
Get it in Writing!
To be able to compare estimates, you should have each contractor provide a written estimate, itemizing:
- energy efficiency
Also be sure exactly what is included in the bid. The contractor should specify whether clean-up and removal of the old system is included. When comparing prices, remember, the lowest cost to purchase a less efficient system may not be your best option. The cost to own each system is necessary to determine which is best for your current needs.
Before Work Begins…
A written proposal, signed by both you and the contractor will protect your investment. The contract should specify:
- total cost
- model numbers of equipment
- job schedule
Be sure to review the terms and conditions before signing the contract.
Let Your Friends in on a Good Thing
By passing the name of a good, qualified ENERGY STAR provider and installation expert, you will raise your friend’s awareness to the need to purchase more energy efficient appliances in their homes as well.
Information is Power
The ENERGY STAR guide can help you maintain energy efficiency year round. For complete information, access the Guide to Energy Efficient Cooling and Heating.