How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Chicago02/19/2016 No important decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of deciding on an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to find a contractor that will listen to you and make certain they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation isn’t a good candidate to be a DIY project. You’ll need to find a contractor that is highly skilled in multiple areas. They will figure out your home’s load calculation, pull permits to make sure 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 subpar performance from your system. The professionals at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning 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? 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. After obtaining that you can call and find out about their recent HVAC projects, if they are satisfied with the results and if they would work with 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. Looking up a contractor on BBB will allow you to see 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 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 a social network comprised only 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 put together by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Just about every state requires licensure for HVAC contractors. This helps protect consumers from companies that use unqualified 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 avoid any issues. When to ask these questions? The perfect 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 annual maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. A relationship built on trust and experience is important to us at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago. Our professionals will happily answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 773-704-0640 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.