How to choose a company to install and maintain HVAC in your home can be a tricky task. Not all HVAC contractors are equal. Not to mention, prices vary. In this blog, we will help you master the skill. What skill you may ask?
Firstly, do your research. If you think about it, are all mechanics the same? And what about doctors? Lawyers? You get the picture. Therefore, you need to know what to look for. Whether you are looking to repair, replace, or install new HVAC in your home, you want the best technician for the job. Read on to find out what to look for.
Licensing and Expertise
As we mentioned, you wouldn’t choose a doctor that wasn’t qualified for the job. Consequently, the same goes for HVAC contractors. At ATN, we have more than 20 years of experience in the field. And, in those 20 years, we have evolved to meet the needs of our customers. As we know, technology is ever-changing.
Furthermore, we carry the top brands and ensure our technicians are qualified. Each system is unique and requires proper training. We can optimize your home with the newest devices and the highest level of service.
Aside from experience, HVAC contractors must be certified. Do you know how to check? The Ontario College of Trades can help. First, ask for the name of your technician. Next, enter the name into the search on the Ontario College of Trades website. From there, you can see if the technician is certified. Most importantly, it also tells you what they are qualified for. Be sure to double-check. You want to make sure the certification is active and up-to-date. Don’t be fooled by HVAC contractors that want you to “take their word for it.” Technicians will be working with gas lines in your home; you don’t want to take the risk. For the safety of your home, and your family, only use certified HVAC contractors.
HVAC Contractors Should Offer Home Evaluations
When you’re looking to change something in your home, a quality HVAC contractor will offer a home evaluation. So, what is that anyway? Well, a home evaluation will determine the best solution for your home. Much like cars, all homes are different. You want the best heating and cooling salutation for your home. Here are a few things your technician should consider:
- What is the Square footage?
- R-Value of insulation
- How many windows are in the home?
- How is the ductwork? More importantly, are there any leaks?
- What are you looking to achieve?
After the evaluation, you will have all the information you need to make an informed decision. From there, we can work with you. In short, the home evaluation should not be skipped. It allows for proper documentation of what needs to be done. Moreover, it allows for accurate pricing from the beginning. As a result, you won’t be stuck with a larger bill than expected.
At ATN Mechanical, we believe the home evaluation is a crucial part of the process. Schedule your home evaluation with us today! You won’t be disappointed.
Rebates That Save You Money
Homeowners looking to upgrade or install HVAC in their homes may be eligible for a rebate. That is to say, you could be saving money. Free money, who doesn’t want that? However, you have to know about them in order to save. That’s where we come in. When you choose ATN Mechanical, you choose a company that cares. We are always looking for ways to save you money. Unfortunately, not all HVAC contractors think the same. When looking for an HVAC company, make sure they are up-to-date on current rebates. Alternatively, check our active promotions for more ways to save.
HVAC Contractors Should Give Written Estimates
To clarify, do not accept verbal estimates for the job. Unfortunately, this is often a recipe for disaster. For example, if you were given a verbal estimate, the contractor is able to alter what they said. Regrettably, this happens more often than you think. Thankfully, you can easily avoid it. In other words, a reputable technician will give you a written estimate, not verbal. Always get it in writing! When you have something in writing, you have a clear statement of what is happening in your home. Not to mention, you have a breakdown of costs. If things change, get it in writing again. You can never be too safe when it comes to installs in your home.
Finding Reliable HVAC Contractors
Last but not least, we have one more piece of information for you to take away from this blog. Ask for referrals, and look for reviews. Quality HVAC contractors will have a reputation that procedes them. Alternatively, when you are seeking referrals, the first place to start is from friends & family. They will give you honest reviews.
Meanwhile, look online. Google Reviews will be your best tool. Unlike Yelp, Google Reviews are not filtered. Hence, you get more accurate information. Above all, use your judgment. If you see a review that seems too good to be true, it may be. But, if the comments seem genuine and provide details, you are on the right track. Here are a few things to look for in the reviews:
- Was the job completed on time?
- Was the price estimate accurate?
- Were the HVAC contractors respectful of your home? Cleanliness?
- How is the system running to date?
Why Choose ATN Mechanical?
Since 1999, ATN Mechanical has provided quality service to the KW area. We have grown from one simple truck to a fleet of white vehicles. From a basement office to a full-sized organization. Thanks to your support we have impacted our community in ways we could never have imagined. But, why is that? In short, we are always trying to put our best foot forward for our customers. We are committed to providing the best service, the best products, and the best technicians. And, that will never change. We understand that you are making an investment in your home, and we believe, there is no better company to make your house a home. Call us today and see for yourself.