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How to Find the Best HVAC Contractor

For something as essential as your HVAC system, it’s natural to want to find the best HVAC contractor to take care of your heating and cooling system. It’s also natural to find the search confusing since HVAC systems are a complicated appliance and require considerable expertise to install, maintain and repair.

Licensing

The state of Texas requires all HVAC contractors and technicians to have an active license to work in this field. They also need insurance and bonding, which protects their clients and their company from financial damages.

Certifications

Besides the license, look for certifications from HVAC associations. Of them, NATE (North American Technician Excellence) carries the most prestige. This nonprofit group is dedicated to increasing knowledge and professionalism in the industry. Applicants for NATE certification have to pass grueling exams to demonstrate their knowledge and competency in several specialties within the HVAC industry.

Members of NATE must also maintain their certification by taking the exams every two years. Totally Cool Heating & Air of the Austin area has NATE certification, which means it is among the top HVAC contractors in the area for installation, maintenance, and repairs.

Another certification to look for is the Energy Star Partner distinction. HVAC contractors must meet the high standards established by the Department of Energy for this designation and follow all their guidelines for Energy Star installations.

Availability

A contractor who is available 24/7 will be there to help you through emergencies whenever they occur.

Scope of Services

Since HVAC systems use the most energy of any other appliance in your home, using a contractor who is knowledgeable about the systems that contribute to its energy efficiency helps. He or she can identify the weaknesses in your home that contribute to high energy bills, whether it’s from the lack of insulation or air infiltration. Their knowledge, especially when they’re an Energy Star Partner, can save you a good deal of money while maintaining indoor comfort.

When you’re considering different HVAC contractors, look no further than Totally Cool Heating & Air. We provide NATE-certified services for Austin-area homeowners and are Energy Star Partners. Call today!

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