Posts Tagged ‘HVAC Contractor’

Buying a heating and air conditioning system is a hefty investment. We know you want the best quality products as well as the highest quality service. Letting a contractor into your home isn’t a decision to be taken lightly for you and your wallet. We want to make selecting an HVAC professional easy for you. We recommend you fist check the company’s reviews online at Kudzu, then consider the points below recommended by Energy Star.

  • 1. Do Your Research- Research what the license and insurance requirements for HVAC contractors in your state are. You don’t want someone who doesnt meet the requirements! Also, it would be good for you to know what model your current HVAC system is and it’s maintenance history. This way your contactor will be able to better understand your needs.
  • 2. References- Ask the contractor for customer references and simply call and ask them! Make sure you ask the previous customer about the the service or instillation performance and if the contractor stayed on budget and within a timely manner. Customers don’t lie!
  • 3. Referrals- See who your neighbors are using, ask around for some referrals.
  • 4. Special Offers- Like we said, a heating and cooling system is a hefty investment for any homeowner. Ask the contractors if they have any specials or rebates on products.
  • 5. Home Evaluation- Expect a home evaluation. Your HVAC contractor should spend a good deal of time inspecting your home and current system to get a better idea of your needs. If they don’t take the time to inspect your level of insulation, windows and even duct systems they are not doing their job. A good contractor will size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house and other factors.
  • 6. Get a Signature- Make sure you sign a written proposal with a contractor before they get started. This will protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information.
  • When you decide to select and HVAC contractor make sure you review the points listed above. You deserve the highest quality in service and products. At Casteel Heating and Cooling we pride ourselves on providing world class service, offering high quality products at affordable prices and backing our work up with exceptional warranties. Good luck on your search!

    Looking to buy a new air conditioner? Well before you make a big purchase make sure it has an ARI reference number! An ARI reference number guarantees your new air conditioner will have Energy Star efficiency, the proper SEER rating and the right amount cooling. What is an ARI reference number you ask? Well to break it down, every air conditioner is divided into two main parts: the condensing unit and the evaporator. These two components must be evenly matched in order for your system to work properly. Each match has its own unique ARI reference number, get it? So the ARI reference number is a MUST HAVE!

        FYI: ARI stands for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. They are an internationally recognized leader in developing HVAC standards.

    So how do you check your ARI reference number? Just ask! Your HVAC professional is supposed to show you three things:

      The model number of the condenser
      The model number of the evaporator
      The ARI reference number

    These should all appear on your invoice. Make sure all the numbers on the invoice match the number to your models. Good luck with purchasing your new air conditioner!

    What does your electric bill normally run? Is it consistent? Does it seem high? Your HVAC system could be the culprit!

    Casteel Heating and CoolingFirst thing we recommend is have a licensed contractor come out and take a look at your unit. There are a lot of things that could be causing it to use more energy than normal: 1) Your ductwork could be old and leaking, 2) Your filters need changing, 3) The blower is no longer working, 4) Your unit is just plain old and not as efficient as newer models and so on and so on.

    Let the professionals take a look. See if your electric company is offering any kind of incentive or rebate for upgrading to a newer model. Ask if the HVAC contractor has any rebates as well. These steps alone could save you hundreds and maybe a thousand on your installation and equipment. After installation you should see a significant decrease in your bill. Sometimes, your electric company will actually give you credit on your bills when you upgrade your equipment.

    Spend a little to save a lot in the long run. You won’t be sorry!