How to Select a Reliable HVAC Contractor

Keeping a home’s HVAC equipment in good repair is very important for many reasons. First of all, a well maintained system costs less money to run than one that is neglected. Regular maintenance also guarantees that potential problems are caught early. Homeowners can do their part by keeping air conditioning units clean and free of debris, and changing furnace filters on a regular basis, but they still need to have a professional come look at the system a couple of times every year. Of course that requires selecting the right contractor from a website such as Considering that one community may have hundreds of HVACcontractors, it can be confusing to determine who is most qualified.

Homeowners who are looking for an HVAC contractor should ask if they are a factory authorized installer/repair shop. This endorsement means that a manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment has reviewed the contractors experience and training and determined that they are qualified to work on their equipment. When it comes to any parts that are under warranty, it may be mandatory to use only contractors who are factory authorized or otherwise okayed by the homeowners furnace or air conditioning manufacturer.

Any worthwhile HVAC contractor will be very knowledgeable when it comes to energy efficiency. Modern day HVAC systems have been designed with efficiency in mind from thermostat to air conditioning unit. They should be able to recommend equipment that will run efficiently and cost effectively. Contractors should also be able to predict how much their equipment will cost the family to run each month.

A final note, many people don’t realize it, but air temperature is not the only thing that affects a family’s comfort at home. Air quality is another issue. Dust particles that are blown out of ducts can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. Dry air can also irritate the throat and nasal passages, and cause dry skin. In addition to this dry air makes a home feel colder than it actually is during the winter months. On the other hand, air that is too damp feels wet and heavy, and it makes a home feel even hotter in the summer months. It can also contribute to problems with mold and mildew. In addition to having experience installing HVAC equipment, a good contractor will have employees who are experts at duct cleaning and installing humidifiers and dehumidifiers.