NEW YORK, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Need to repair or purchase an air conditioning and heating system? There are plenty of answers you'll need. "Cooling and comfort technology has advanced significantly," says Michelle Zellmann, SVP Residential HVAC at ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions. "Choosing the right system for your home, installing it properly and getting top performance isn't something to trust to just anyone. You really want to be considering an accredited, licensed, and experienced professional."
As a leading independent HVAC distributor in the Northeast, ABCO provides Luxaire and Mitsubishi Electric products, along with training and support to contractors. The equipment has to meet more than industry standards. It has to meet ABCO standards. So does the contractor.
For example, Luxaire is the heating and cooling system backbone behind hundreds of ABCO's bundled Ultra Value and Ultimate Comfort & Efficiency HVAC systems. Luxaire has also received a growing number of accolades including the Consumers Digest Best Buy Award and Energy Star's Most Efficient Award. http://www.luxairecares.com
HVAC and Refrigeration companies have to be approved to purchase products from ABCO. Most leading contractors belong to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) organization. We value technicians who are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Every state has laws and regulations that must be followed.
Here is what ABCO believes are some best practices to follow when looking for a great HVAC contractor, regardless of what brand they sell.
- Do-it-yourself and even the most talented handymen should not be considered. Complex codes and installation requirements, new technologies, and full warranty protection are just a few of the factors that demand a professional.
- References and Referrals. A true pro will gladly give the names of clients to confirm that he is reputable. It's good to hear what long-term customers have to say about how any service and maintenance issues were handled. Your own family, friends, and neighbors are a good source for recommendations.
- How experience makes a difference. A seasoned installer will generally give you more efficient service and more accurate estimates. He will be better at determining the correct equipment for your individual needs. Less-qualified companies may not keep their employees current with the latest technology. Better contractors will not solely rely on your old and existing equipment to size your house. Many older furnaces and air conditioners were not properly sized for the homes they serve. The best professionals will ask about any past cooling or heating issues and can provide explanations and practical solutions. Avoid anyone who won't come to your house to provide a detailed estimate.
- The best price is not always the lowest price. Make certain that it's clear what is included in your estimate, such as labor, routine services and customary warranties. A low price may mean the equipment is undersized for the job, because of a contractor's lack of experience or because it's simply outdated. An undersized system will be overtaxed during peak heat or cold days, which will shorten the life of the system. Home comfort is an investment, and with all investments, it pays to get the facts.
- Reliability. True professionals are prompt and courteous and it is in their best interest to serve you as soon as they can. It's important to know that it matters who supplies and supports the contractor. The inventory and delivery capability of every manufacturer and brand varies greatly. If a contractor can't get the equipment or parts you need, it makes him less reliable. It is imperative that a contractor is fully insured to protect both your home and his company in case of accidents.
- What about air quality? The EPA says that indoor air might actually be more polluted than the air outside. The most knowledgeable contractors can design a system to ventilate stale indoor air, zap airborne germs, trap airborne particles and keep everything at the correct humidity.
- Ask about all the options. Home comfort today can be incredibly efficient with an air conditioning unit, furnace and heat pump working in harmony. Wireless communicating controls can provide security, convenience, and even greater efficiency. There are many excellent financing terms available, along with utility rebates, service contracts and extended warranties that provide long-term value and worry-free protection. The best contractors can offer all of these options to provide what will work best for you.
ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions was founded in 1949. Under the leadership of CEO Michael Senter, ABCO has grown into industry's leading independent HVAC and Refrigeration resource that provides extensive inventory, delivery, and engineering support with 18 branch locations throughout the Northeast.
For more information on ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions, products and services please contact Chief Marketing Officer Bob Cesiro at 718-937-9005 ext. 1280, or at [email protected].
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