How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Denver02/19/2016 No important decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of choosing an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to secure a contractor that will listen to you and make sure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. It’s important to find a contractor that is highly skilled in multiple areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure local codes are met, check piping and a whole slew of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t get a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get inferior performance from your system. The professionals at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, 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? Before you work with a company they should be able to give you a list of recent customers that can verify the quality of their work. After obtaining that you can call and inquire about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. There are other sources you can look into like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up 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 enlists 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. Another option option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received 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 recommendations from your neighbors, nextdoor.com is literally a your neighborhood’s own social media site. 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 put together by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Almost all states require licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect consumers from companies that use unqualified workers. A simple online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you live in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to avert any issues. When to ask these questions? The ideal time to secure a quality HVAC contractor is before you experience a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your regular maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Denver. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 303-452-4146 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.