How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Hauppauge02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of deciding on an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and ensure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation is not something you want to try to DIY. You’ll need to find a contractor that is highly skilled in many areas. They will evaluate your home’s load calculation, pull permits to ensure local codes are met, check piping and plenty of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t receive a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The experts at Cool Power LLC 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? If you’re looking to work with a company they should be able to furnish you with a list of recent customers that can authenticate the quality of their work. After obtaining that you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would hire the company again in the future. Some other sources to check with are the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Finding 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 utilizes the knowledge of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are a part of ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. Another option option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are coming from people you know and trust. You’ll probably 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. To achieve NATE-certification a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were developed by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Almost every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This assists in protecting consumers from companies that use unqualified workers. A simple online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you reside in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent any issues. When to ask these questions? The perfect time to find a quality HVAC contractor is prior to a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your yearly maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at Cool Power LLC in Hauppauge. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 631-360-2665 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.