How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Pinellas County02/19/2016 No important decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of picking an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and make certain they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation is not something you want to try to DIY. It’s important to secure a contractor that is highly skilled in a number of areas. They will evaluate your home’s load calculation, pull permits to ensure local codes are met, check piping and a bunch of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system isn’t getting a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get subpar performance from your system. The team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc have put together some questions to ask to assist you on your quest 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 give you a list of recent customers that can verify the quality of their work. From there you can call and inquire about their recent HVAC projects, if they are happy with the results and if they would work with 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 see consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that employs the expertise 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. One other option is enlisting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are given by people you know and trust. In most cases you’ll 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 social network 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. In order to become NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were put together by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A short online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you are living in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to avoid any issues. When to ask these questions? The ideal time to locate a quality HVAC contractor is before you experience a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County. Our professionals will happily answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 727-398-5515 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.