How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Colorado Springs02/19/2016 No big 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 is not something you want to try to DIY. It’s important to secure a contractor that is highly skilled in a number of areas. They will work out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to ensure local codes are met, check piping and plenty of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system doesn’t receive a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The professionals at Mitchell Heating have put together some questions to ask to help you on your pursuit 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 corroborate 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. There are other sources you can look into like the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the Better Business Bureau. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to read through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that utilizes the knowledge of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are a part of ACCA are serious about their profession and will gladly provide you with referrals. One other option is asking for the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are given by 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 social network of your neighbors. 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. To achieve NATE-certification 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? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This provides protection for consumers from companies that use less than qualified workers. A short online search will show you whether your state requires a license or not. If you are living in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to avert any issues. When to ask these questions? The perfect time to secure a quality HVAC contractor is before you experience a breakdown. If you get your system checked when it’s operating properly and get your annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Relationships built on trust and experience is important to us at Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs. Our professionals will gladly answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 719-596-6677 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.