How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Hudsonville02/19/2016Selecting an HVAC contractor is an important decision that you shouldn’t decide upon without doing some investigating to make certain you’re making the best choice. First, find a contractor who will ask you about your wants and needs and more importantly, listen to you. With that tidbit, they should be able to offer up to four options from which you can choose. When they arrange your installation, is it when you want it done, or when they can get to it? Will your contractor pull a permit on every job? Doing so will make sure that it meets all of your local codes. HVAC system installation is not a DIY job and a successful installation requires a contractor that is skilled in a number of areas, from load calculation to piping and a bunch of steps in-between. You could get the best system, but if it’s improperly installed you may not get ideal performance. Here are a couple other questions to help you make the best selection while finding your HVAC contractor. Are they NATE-certified? NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is the largest non-profit certification organization for HVAC technicians. Certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVAC industry by passing real-world and specialized tests created by a committee of industry authorities. NATE-certified contractors have met the highest industry standards for knowledgeable installation and service. NATE certification will provide you peace-of-mind knowing your contractor has completed intense professional training. Do they have references or referrals? A professional HVAC company will be able to provide you with a list of recent customers that you can chat with and tell you about the quality of their company’s work. Chat with their list of references and ask about their project and if they’d recommend them to you. There are also official sources online such as the Better Business Bureau and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). The BBB allows you to read the consumer ratings of an HVAC contractor and you’ll view any customer complaints against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit organization of more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors found on ACCA are sure to be committed to their work and will be able to offer referrals for previous work. Another way is crowdsourcing referrals from your friends and neighbors or on your social media networks. These are typically the most useful recommendations because they are coming from people you know. You’ll find out who to talk with and which contractors to avoid. If you’re on nextdoor.com you can literally ask for recommendations from people right next door. Contractors rely on positive word-of-mouth, so if someone you trust stands by them it’s likely they’ll do great work for you too. Are they properly licensed and insured? Not all states require licensure for heating and cooling contractors, but nearly all of them do. It’s easy to search online to see if your state requires a license so you know whether or not to ask for one when gathering quotes from a contractor. The reason most states require licenses is simply to guard you from using a company that uses less than qualified workers. If you live in a state that requires licenses and the contractor you’re talking to doesn’t have one, it’s probably in your interest to look elsewhere to help circumvent any potential concerns. When is the best time to ask these questions? The best time to ask questions and choose an HVAC contractor is right now, before something occurs with your system. Get your furnace checked out while it’s working normally and set up your routine maintenance. Your family’s health, comfort and safety is our business at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville. Our HVAC professionals would be happy to answer any and all of your questions. Call us at 616-669-3961 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online. We look forward to becoming your partner in keeping your system running safely and efficiently.