Finding a reputable HVAC contractor for your home shouldn't be too difficult of a task, but it can take some time. That's because choosing the right one to care for your heating and cooling systems, among others, can mean the difference between comfort and grief. Here are a few tips to help you narrow down the search:
Check with Your Friends
Getting a recommendation from someone you trust may end your search for a contractor very quickly. Don't just rely on friends, though -- also check with co-workers, family members, and anyone else you can think of. Even a post on Facebook could help.
Ask for Referrals
There's no reason why any HVAC company worth their weight in ductwork will refuse to provide you with a list of referrals. Once you receive the list, call each person and ask for their previous experience with the contractor throughout a project or two.
Take a Look at Their Social Media Accounts
You can tell a lot about a business by the way they conduct themselves online. Do they provide informative blogs and interact with customers through Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets in a respectful manner? If they're rude or dismissive to people online, they'll treat you the same way.
Check on NATE Certification
NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification is one of the best indicators that a technician has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality service. If an HVAC company's technicians aren't certified, we suggest you move along.
Ensure Advanced Industry Knowledge
The HVAC industry is changing on a regular basis. It can sometimes seem that each week brings with it new technologies and techniques. The contractor you choose should be aware of these changing trends, and be able to effectively utilize them to fit your needs.
If you need more advice on what to look for in an HVAC contractor, the professionals at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical can help. We've been serving the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz areas since 1962. Visit our website for in-depth information on most HVAC topics, or just give us a call at (408) 868-5500.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz areas of California about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).