Hiring a HVAC Contractor: Things You Need to Know

Hiring an HVAC technician will take time and a fair amount of research as well as checking on certifications, references, and credentials. Always follow up and ask contractors for customer references.
Ask about the contractor’s installation or service performance, and if the job was successfully completed. To prepare for hiring an HVAC contractor, find out about your state’s license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. Be prepared and know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Provide details about rooms or areas that have problems with temperature and moisture. Note the areas that have too cold or too hot problems. It is important to note the condition of windows and doors that leak air or let in air.

Ask trusted friends, neighbors, and family for HVAC contractor referrals. Contact local trade organizations, building code office, and other reputable resources in your area for a good recommendation.
Call about the contractor’s references. Ask the potential HVAC contractor for customer references. Ask about their previous jobs, installation, and service performance. Check to see if previous jobs were completed on time and within the agreed upon budget. Check for reasonable rates, seek out available rebates, and look for the energy star rating on HVAC equipment. Purchasing and installing a new HVAC system comes with a big price tag. Research at this website: www.energystar.gov Energy Star products meet energy guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and they offer long-term savings.


Contractors should be able to conduct an evaluation by inspecting your current system and assessing your needs. Bigger is not necessarily better. The HVAC system should fit the size of your residence or business property. A system that is too big or too small is inadequate. Consider as well the condition of the home, the windows and doors, and the amount of insulation. Make sure the contractor inspects the duct system for air leaks, insulation, and measure the airflow. Whether you are updating a current system or installing a new one, the system must meet requirements and manufacturer specifications.

Obtain itemized written estimates. Before the work begins, sign a written proposal. Ensure that the proposal includes specific details about cost and materials. The job schedule, all costs, timeline, warranty information, and even model numbers and details should be in written contract form. Compare bids and check for cost, energy efficiency, and warranties. Don’t settle for deals that sound too good to be true. You need the best ROI (Return on Investment) when making a large budget purchase. If you install an inefficient system, in the long run, your utility bills will be higher. Get everything in writing and check the fine details before you sign any agreement. It will be a legal and binding contract. Be sure to do your due diligence. All parties are responsible for reviewing the contract before the final agreement is signed. Check with your insurance agent to ensure that you have the proper amount of coverage while workers are working on your home or property.

Which Limousine Company Should You Choose

There is possibly no better way to spend a special evening than cruising around in a fancy limousine.  However, there are A LOT of limousine companies out there.  Selecting the right one can have a huge impact on the experience.  Nobody wants to spend the night riding around in a dated, smelly limo.  Here are some tips for finding a respectable limousine company online.

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When you do a search for “limousine rental” on Google, you are sure to be met with a copious amount of companies ready to take your hard earned money. So how do you know which one to select.  First of all, read reviews.  Read as many reviews as you can.  Often the most popular limo companies in your area will have a lot of reviews, sometimes hundreds.  Read them all.  Sure, some of them may  be fake, but you will surely get the gist of a limousine company by reading pages and pages of reviews.  I would highly discourage you from choosing a limo company with ZERO reviews online.  This is a bad sign and these companies should be avoided at all cost.

Another important thing to consider is the particular companies fleet of limos.  Just because you book a limo, does not mean the company will show up with a brand new limousine for your special event.  Many limousine companies have very old fleets and the limos are full of mechanical and cosmetic errors and deficiencies.  When you call a limo company, ask if the photos on their webpage are photos of actual limousines that they own.  Many companies just use stock images of limos they find online on their web pages.  So always ask to see pictures of the limos they have available to rent.  If they do not have any photos online, demand that they email you some pictures of the limos they have available for you to rent.

Customer service is a huge part of an enjoyable limousine experience.  Nobody wants to be escorted around town by an idiot.  You would be amazed at how many limo drivers get lost…in their own hometowns.  From the first phone call to the day you are picked up in the limo, you should expect professional and accurate information.  Always ask for pricing up front that includes all fees and taxes.  You don’t want to get stuck with a bill that is twice as much as you were expecting.  It is also not a bad idea to ask who will be the driver the night of your limo experience.  If Bubba, the guy who sweeps the floors,  is going to be your guide, you may want to ask a few more questions.  Nothing against Bubba, but you deserve a professional driver.

Lastly, I would inquire as to what exactly the limo package you purchase comes with.  Are there drinks provided? Is Alcohol allowed?  Are you charged per mile?  How many people will fit in the limo? (this is huge).  Basically, ask as many questions as possible.  Leave nothing to chance.  Word of mouth is another great way to find a respectable limousine company in your area.  Ask any friends or family members who have rented a limo recently how their experience was.  Or post something on Facebook.  Lord knows people love to share their wonderful and not so wonderful experiences on Facebook.