How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in East Peoria02/19/2016 No major decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of choosing an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and make sure they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a project you want to attempt to DIY. It’s important to secure a contractor that is highly skilled in a number of areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to ensure local codes are met, check piping and a whole slew 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 inferior performance from your system. The experts at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC have put together some questions to ask to help you on your journey 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 provide you with a list of recent customers that can authenticate the quality of their work. From there you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would choose 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. Searching 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 know-how of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are members of ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. Another option option is enlisting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are coming from 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 your neighborhood’s own social media site. Are they NATE-certified? If your contractor is NATE-certified you can trust 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 developed by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Almost all states require licensure for HVAC contractors. This assists in protecting consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A simple online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you reside in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent any issues. When to ask these questions? The perfect time to locate a quality HVAC contractor is prior to a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s functioning properly and get your annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria. Our professionals will happily answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 309-437-2703 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.