The Energy Star Qualified Contractor: Tips for Picking One
Installing a new air conditioner, furnace, heat pump, humidifier, or air cleaner can present the New York City homeowner with a dilemma, but an energy star qualified contractor can help! It’s often the next most expensive improvement or upgrade after the purchase of your home. An Energy Star air conditioner or furnace is already an expensive piece of equipment and using an Energy Star qualified contractor to install an air conditioner or a furnace can be just as expensive.
Do your homework.
A reputable Energy Star qualified contractor will have no problem with you visiting their place of business. It doesn’t have to be tidy, but it should look like they’ve been in business for more than a few years. Energy Star qualified contractors will also be more up to date with the latest equipment. Take a tour and get all your questions answered.
If you’re really shopping around for prices, don’t just go with the lowest bid. You want to see where your Energy Star qualified contractor is cutting costs. It could be by employing only unskilled workers. You’ll get better value from well trained and experienced workers who understand Energy Star equipment, the labeling and the concerns of consumers. Bigger and more costly mistakes tend to come with jobs that were underbid because of unforeseen situations or conditions.
Make sure your HVAC contractor is properly insured and current with their Workers’ Compensation policy. Your contractors Energy Star qualified status is another important thing to check.
Don’t accept any estimates over the phone. Any estimate requires a home visit and a full structural inspection. A heat-load or cooling-load calculation is also an indication of an experienced Energy Star qualified contractor.
A good contractor will also consult with you on every stage of choosing the equipment being purchased or installed. You should expect a well written and understandable, itemized estimate that details the equipment to be purchased and installed, and the time estimates along with pricing.
Energy Star labeled equipment is preferred and will give you a good idea of what you’re purchasing. You want a contractor who is knowledgeable about Energy Star labeling and equipment, and not simply the basics of heating and cooling. You should also question any HVAC contractor about employees’ familiarity with newer equipment, and Energy Star provides a wealth of resources for anyone purchasing an air conditioner or furnace.
A good contractor will also want to learn from you. Especially if you’re installing in an existing home or building, or replacing an air conditioner or furnace. Pay attention to the questions they ask and the experience they display through the wording of any questions.
Of course, we’ll be happy to discuss your own air conditioning or heating installation needs, along with our qualifications, call now 646-782-2475.