Your home heating and cooling system are vital to your quality of life. It affects everything from how comfortable you are while you’re getting ready for work to how much money you have to spend on energy bills. With something so important, you have to be sure you are caring for it well, and that means you need a good HVAC contractor.

When you have problems with your air conditioning system, you don’t have days or weeks to research HVAC contractors in the area. Follow these simple tips for finding a great service company quickly.

Know the licensing and insurance requirements. New Jersey requires all members of the contractor’s team, even salespersons, to be licensed and insured. Demand proof of both before the contractor enters your home.

Ask for NATE certification. North American Technician Excellence (NATE) tests technicians to ensure they provide quality, safe service with updated technologies. Ask for proof of this certification in addition to the licenses and insurance.

Call references. Quality HVAC contractors should be able to supply references upon request. Call at least one or two of these references to verify that the reviews are legitimate.

Look for Energy Star products. The Energy Star program sets the standards for quality equipment and gives contractors the tools to calculate the savings and benefits for each product. Make your contractor justifies the products they recommend with calculations backed by Energy Star products.

Expect a home evaluation. There are no exceptions. If an HVAC contractor begins to offer an estimate or recommend service before evaluating your home, you cannot trust that their assessment will be honest or accurate.

Get written, itemized, and signed paperwork. Get everything in writing and make sure you have an itemized, signed copy of it. Understand, however, that estimates are not always final because unforeseen circumstances sometimes occur.

Pass on the information you obtain. Share the information you find with your friends and neighbors and ask them to do the same for you.

You can also contact Pipe Works Services. We will provide Morris, Union, Somerset, and Essex County homeowners with all of this information upfront, including references and honest, itemized contracts. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC contractors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas.

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