How to Choose an HVAC Contractor in Ridgedale and the Branson area02/19/2016 No big decision should be made without first doing your homework, that includes the decision of picking an HVAC contractor. You’ll want to seek out a contractor that will listen to you and make certain they are meeting all your home comfort needs. HVAC installation is not something you want to try to DIY. 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 ensure local codes are met, check piping and a bunch of steps in-between. If your top-of-the-line system isn’t getting a top-of-the-line installation, you’re more likely to get mediocre performance from your system. The professionals at Branson HVAC, LLC 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? Before you work with a company they should be able to furnish you with a list of recent customers that can verify the quality of their work. Once you receive that you can call and ask them about their recent HVAC projects, if they are pleased with the results and if they would hire 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 look through consumer ratings and will also show you any customer complaints lodged against a company. The ACCA is a non-profit that enlists the expertise of over 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses. Contractors that are a part of ACCA are serious about their profession and will happily provide you with referrals. Another option option is requesting the help of your friends on social media. These recommendations are received from 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 have confidence that 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. Before becoming NATE-certified a technician has to pass specialized and real-world tests that were created by a committee of the top industry experts. Are they properly licensed and insured? Almost 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 live in a state the requires a license and your contractor doesn’t have one, look elsewhere to prevent 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 yearly maintenance scheduled to keep it running properly. Building a relationship based on trust and experience is important to us at Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area. Our professionals would be happy to answer any questions you may have about home comfort. Give us a call at 417-544-4430 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.