How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Springfield02/19/2016 No important decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of choosing an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to seek out a contractor that will listen to you and make certain they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a project you want to attempt to DIY. It’s important to find a contractor that is highly skilled in many areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to guarantee 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 Bormida Mechanical Services Inc have put together some questions to ask to help 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. Once you receive that you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would choose the company again in the future. You can also check with sources like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Finding 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 employs the expertise of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that belong to the ACCA are serious about their profession and will happily provide you with referrals. Another option option is enlisting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received from people you know and trust. You’ll most likely 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 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. Before becoming 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? Almost every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect 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 best time to locate a quality HVAC contractor is before anything breaks down. If you get your system checked when it’s operating properly and get your regular maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield. Our professionals will happily answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 217-210-2662 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.