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Choosing The Right HVAC Contractor

Getting the best furnace filter and air-conditioning filter are prime concerns when you renovate your existing HVAC system or install a new one. These are vital components needed for the protection of crucial electromechanical parts in the system and above all, for maintaining indoor air quality. Whether you are a homeowner, building contractor, business owner or manager - proper heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems are crucial to your building. These systems are expected to provide cost effective and efficient service for years to come. It is therefore imperative to select the best HVAC contractor, as this decision would be fundamentally instrumental in determining satisfactory end results for a long and trouble free HVAC service.

By choosing the right HVAC contractor you will be able to install a suitable system with the longest life, providing the lowest operating and maintenance costs with the optimum initial investment. A qualified HVAC contractor can help you get what is best for you; a system that may not necessarily involve the lowest initial cost, but one that would provide the lowest life cycle cost. Such a system would provide top-class indoor environmental quality by essentially incorporating a quality furnace filter and air-conditioning filter for controlling airborne particulates.  Here are some guidelines that may help you in your decision making while you select the best HVAC contractor for your needs.

Ask friends, family and associates for recommendations and contact four of five different HVAC contractors. Fix appointments with each of them at different dates/time for an inspection of your house. This is a must for collecting information required for renovating/setting up a suitable HVAC system in the building. The correct information that any good HVAC contractor will need to collect would relate to the number of windows in the house, the direction in which they face, the state of insulation of the house etc. These would enable him to accurately calculate the load, to determine suitable heating/cooling equipment needed for installation. Beware of any contractor who uses the “rule of the thumb” method for calculations or relies on the specifications of the earlier installed equipment for submitting an estimate. It would be in your interests to reject such a contractor.

Ask for a detailed estimate from each of the contractors. Examine the estimates minutely to make sure that they contain a break down of the charges reflecting the cost of the equipment, other material required and the labor charges separately. The details should also mention if work is required on the existing ducts in the house and charges applicable to any incidental work. If you find a bid from some contractor very different from the others, do not hesitate to ask for an explanation. He may have noticed something that the others have overlooked.