Checklist for Choosing an HVAC Company

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Checklist for Choosing an HVAC Company_image1Whether you need someone to come and give your HVAC system a checkup or your furnace or air conditioner has broken down completely, hiring an HVAC company that can diagnose and repair the issue quickly is extremely important. You can help yourself when you are calling to different companies around town if you know in advance what you are looking for. Here are 5 items to check off your checklist as you are looking for a qualified HVAC contractor.

Has a Good Local Reputation

There are many fly-by-night companies. We encourage you to look for a company that has a long-standing reputation in the local area to help you. This way you know that the company stands behind their work and will not do a shoddy job and then skip out on you.

Licensed and Insured

Make sure the company you work with has an up-to-date license and insurance, including workers’ compensation insurance. This will protect you from liability in the event that the contractor or one of his or her staff is injured while working on the job. An up-to-date license shows you that the company is in good standing with the local city and state government.

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Be very wary of any service provider who tries to give you an estimate over the phone, sight unseen. You might think you know what the problem is, but your idea of the issue might be just that–an idea. Be sure that when you are collecting estimates and trying to find the right contractor that the company offers to come out and take a look in person.

Provides the Best Value

With HVAC repair and maintenance, as with anything else, you are likely to get just what you pay for. Do not choose your contractor based solely on the price that they offer you for the service. Instead, make sure that you are looking at all of the qualities they have and what they offer compared to other companies you are researching.

Knowledgeable about Equipment

Last but not least, make sure any HVAC contractor doing work at your home is knowledgeable about equipment and can provide solid recommendations as to what equipment you should be using, what you should be doing to keep it running in good condition, and what might not be working with your current system. Having the right size of units such as your furnace, water heater, and air conditioner is essential to prevent damage to the appliance itself and also to your home, so be sure that you use the right contractor to tell you if you are using appropriate equipment.

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Summer’s Here! Time to Check that Air Conditioning!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

At Cool Air Mechanical, we know that many people are going to be calling us on that first truly hot day during the summer about their air conditioners not working. One of the biggest benefits of having an air conditioner tune-up done prior to when summer starts is so that you don’t have to deal with unexpected blistering heat inside your home when the weather heats up. With summer upon us it’s time to check that air conditioning. Here are some of the advantages that you will experience this summer when you schedule your summer tune-up.

Avoid Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Getting your air conditioner tuned up now ensures that you don’t deal with bigger problems later. You won’t have to wait for an appointment for us to come out, being uncomfortably hot all the while. Scheduling this in advance ensures that your air conditioner is in perfect working condition prior to when you need it so that you don’t run into issues later on when the situation is more desperate.

Catch Problems before They Are Too Big

Tune-ups often will catch small problems with your air conditioner that might have gone unnoticed until they were too big to fix quickly and inexpensively. Even if the small problems do not cause expensive repairs, they may result in decreased efficiency of your unit and run you extra money on your monthly utility bills. Getting a tune-up will ultimately save you a lot of money.

It should not surprise you that the air inside your home is much dirtier than the air outdoors. An AC tune-up will help clean up your indoor air and make your home a healthier place for you and your family to live. Many respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma are improved by cleaner air.

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Cleaner Indoor Air

It should not surprise you that the air inside your home is much dirtier than the air outdoors. An AC tune-up will help clean up your indoor air and make your home a healthier place for you and your family to live. Many respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma are improved by cleaner air.

Help Your Unit Last Longer

Getting a regular tune-up on your air conditioning unit ensures that your unit lasts as long as possible without breaking down or decreasing in efficiency, especially during the part of the year that you are not using it. Your air conditioner should last between 10 and 15 years but only as long as it is regularly tuned up by an air conditioning professional.

Increase Energy Efficiency

Your air conditioner is probably not as efficient as you think it is. By cleaning up and tuning up your air conditioner, the energy efficiency of your unit can increase by up to 30% when you hire a professional to come out for a tune-up.

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