Finding an HVAC provider for your business isn’t fun. If you’re like most building owners or office managers, you’ve probably put it off for longer than you should. But what if we told you that we could make finding the right commercial HVAC company easy? Or, at least, a whole lot easier. After reading this, you’ll be equipped with the tools to help you ask the right questions, find the best deals, locate the best service providers, and ultimately choose the right commercial HVAC company for your business.
Ready? Let’s get to it.
Determine Your Needs
As a business, it’s important that you understand what your company needs in terms of commercial HVAC services. Do you need someone who offers 24/7 repairs and emergency services? Are you looking for a company that offers perks like on-time guarantees and easy scheduling? Are you extremely price sensitive, or is it worth paying a little more to get better service? Understanding your needs allows you to narrow it down to a select few HVAC providers who are able to check off all the must-have items on your list.
Ask for An Introductory Inspection
A good commercial HVAC company will provide you with a free introductory inspection. Why? Because they understand that you’ll likely want multiple opinions and estimates when it comes to big business expenses – like installing a brand new HVAC system, for instance. A good quality commercial heating and air conditioning provider won’t fault you for shopping around and looking for the best price and the highest quality service.
Get Written Quotes
A written quote is a must-have, and getting one from your potential HVAC company shouldn’t be like pulling teeth. If they know what they’re doing, they’ll give you a written itemized estimate for the repair or install. Don’t just think about the price of the initial installation – also think about the energy efficiency of the HVAC system they suggest you choose, and whether it will be more or less money 5-10 years down the line when compared with another contractor’s estimate.
Ask for References
Searching for your next commercial HVAC company is much like interviewing potential employees for your company. Ask to see their references, whether it’s past business partners or current clients, and give them a call. An HVAC contractor who stands behind his work will gladly provide you with a list of references who can stick up for their workmanship and level of customer service.
Check Out Their Website
These days, everyone’s got a website. Not only can you find valuable information like the list of services offered, but you can also see what isn’t offered. If a potential HVAC provider doesn’t have a website, that can be an indicator that they are behind the game in other ways, too. Look for online reviews and testimonials, too, and see what other customers are saying about their services.
Make Sure They’re Licensed and Insured
When it comes to finding a commercial HVAC provider, it’s fully licensed and insured or bust. It should say somewhere on paper that your chosen HVAC company is licensed and insured because this means that anything that goes wrong during the installation will not be your fault. Again, Joe Schmoe is not your friend when it comes to HVAC services. Put your trust and your money in a fully licensed and insured HVAC provider.
Check Their Certifications
Your commercial HVAC company should be NATE and EPA certified. Plain and simple. Don’t let Joe Schmoe be in charge of your company’s HVAC installation. We promise you’ll be paying dearly for it in the future. And HVAC company that is NATE and EPA certified ensures that they are up to date on industry standards, safety protocols, and best practices.
Phone a Friend
If you have a colleague or family member who recently had major heating and air conditioning service performed for their business, see who they went with. Were they satisfied with their service? If not, what did they wish they’d done differently when choosing their commercial HVAC company? Did they switch service providers recently, and if so, why? Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get answers, and use them to make a more informed choice.
Look for a Warranty
A high-quality, professional HVAC company will usually offer a warranty on parts and labor. At Irish Heating and Air, we offer a 10 year parts and labor warranty for new system installs, including a 3-year maintenance plan. For repairs, we offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty. These offer added insurance that if something goes wrong with your HVAC system during that time period, we’ll fix it without additional fees in most cases.
Choosing the Right Commercial HVAC Company Just Got Easier
If you’re starting a new business or looking to switch HVAC providers, follow our tips above in order to ensure that your company is protected, your money is invested wisely, and you get the best services for your company’s heating and cooling needs. It’s smart to do your homework early, so you’ll find a commercial HVAC company you can you stick with for years to come.