Owning a home is a welcomed privilege, yet it necessitates responsibilities related to ongoing maintenance. Owners must clean the gutters, landscape the exterior, and ensure major appliances are working at optimal levels. You may need to call upon an HVAC professional for reasons related to a heater, air condition system, and boiler. The professionals take care of your needs, but you need to know when and how to hire them.
Why You Need Them
New homeowners are constantly learning about maintenance. Some have yet discovered why they need an HVAC technician. Heat pumps, gas-fired furnaces, oil-fired boilers, and air conditioners need ongoing repair and/or maintenance. Technicians check belts, clean ducts, adjust burners, clear flues, and lubricate motors and related parts.
What to Look For
Conducting a web search immediately elicits a number of HVAC contractors in your area, but how can you determine the good from the bad? To start, seek technicians that service designs, installs, and manufacturer products in your home. Also, ensure the company or representative is up-to-date regarding licenses and certifications. If you’re still bewildered, ask friends, family, and neighbors about service providers they use. You can ask pointed questions related to timeliness, cleanliness, and effectiveness related to troubleshooting and solving issues.
Understand the Language
No HVAC tech will expect you to speak like a cohort, but knowing a bit of the language helps you be an educated consumer. For example, the seasonal energy efficiency ratio rates the number of BTUs an air conditioning unit removes per watt of electricity used. A high SEER count results in lower operation costs. Federal laws mandate minimum rates related to all new units sold.
An AC ‘ton’ equals 12,000 BTUs per hour. A three-ton unit removes the related amount of heat from the home per hour. The annual fuel utilization efficiency estimates the heat a unit delivers per dollar spent. A high AFUE equals lower heating bills.
Bigger is Not Better
When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not always better. The optimal situation is finding a system that can address the heating and cooling needs of your home the best. A quality contractor will evaluate your home and existing systems to ensure all components are running well in addition to making upgrade suggestions.
Moreover, you may balk at the amount of money associated to quality products, yet remember a good system saves you money on heating and cooling costs throughout the year in addition to keeping your family members healthy and comfortable.
No Hidden Fees
Lastly, quality contractors don’t attempt to squeeze pennies out of their customers. There should be no hidden fees or surprises associated with your bill. Moreover, do not agree that contractors go forth with any duties until you receive an estimate that outlines labor costs and money associated to parts, units, etc. It’s custom to receive several estimates before deciding on one company. However, you may want to do your own investigating on social networks and platforms such as Angie’s List.
Wayne D. Otten is an HVAC contractor. He enjoys writing about his experiences in the field. His articles can be found on many homeowner and home improvement sites.