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Tips For Selecting A Cooling Contractor

03/17/2015

It’s easy to take modern indoor heating and cooling systems for granted. But the reality is these units keep us comfortable and happy all year long. That’s why National Indoor Comfort Week, April 23 to 29, has been set aside to recognize heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors and the critical work they perform to ensure our home and work environments are comfortable.

The most important part of preparing your home’s cooling system for warm weather may be selecting a qualified contractor who is trained to maintain, repair and/or replace the components of your air conditioning in Jacksonville, FL.

To help you select a dealer who is certified in Heating and Air Conditioning, and who can professionally service your cooling system, the experts at Coleman® Heating and Air Conditioning, a brand of the Unitary Products Group of York-a Johnson Controls Company-offer these suggestions:

• Educate yourself about HVAC systems. You can find this information in online resources and dealer and manufacturer Web sites. Understanding the basics can help you when interviewing a potential contractor.

• Ask friends, co-workers, real estate agents and home improvement specialists for recommendations. Advertisements can also direct you to a contractor.

• When interviewing a potential dealer, check for membership in professional organizations, such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence) and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America).

• Ask to see state and local licenses, certification for refrigerant handling, and proof of liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Be certain these documents apply to the contractor, as well as any technicians or subcontractors the contractor employs.

• Research the range of services a contractor offers. Does the list include scheduled maintenance, repairs and 24-hour service?

• Consider the number of years a contractor has been in business. In many cases, a reputation for quality, reliability and dependability grows with the length of service to a community.

A good HVAC contractor will visit your home to conduct an on-site inspection and ask questions about your cooling needs and concerns, before making any equipment or service recommendations.

• Ask for and check references. Consider them in conjunction with other information you have gathered in your research.

By following these simple suggestions, you will most likely find the contractor who best meets your needs, both in terms of technical expertise and professional integrity.

Your air conditioning in Jacksonville, FL; do you repair or replace? That is the question, particularly when it comes to your air-conditioning system. Since newer systems are more energy efficient, it sometimes makes more sense to replace a system rather than spend money on costly repairs. Industry averages suggest an air conditioner should last 12 to 15 years, as long as you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service.

When a system is young, it may be cost-effective to make simple repairs that can prolong the life of the system. However, replacing a system may be the best solution for the bigger problems that can result from an older system. In either case, comparing the price of repairs to replacement fees may help you decide what to do. Consider Energy Costs As you make your comparison, consider energy costs.

Today’s new air-conditioning systems are as much as 60 percent more efficient than systems manufactured 10 years ago. So if you are concerned about utility bills and are faced with an expensive repair, you may want to look at the energy savings a new system offers. The nature of the repair is also important. Repairs that require the replacement of system components may result in a mismatched system. Components that do not match can decrease system efficiency, compromise your comfort and shorten the lifespan of the compressor.

Two-Stage Cooling Speaking of comfort, if repairs to an immediate problem will not address ongoing comfort issues, such as cold spots in your home, drafts, humidity issues or air quality concerns, it may be a good time to consider a new system.

Today’s systems offer a variety of new features, including two-stage cooling, humidifiers and ultraviolet lights, that are designed to increase comfort and improve indoor air quality. As you make the decision to repair or replace, rely on the exper-tise of a qualified contractor, who is licensed to maintain and service your system.

If replacing your system seems appropriate, he or she can explain the importance of efficiency and sound ratings, load calculations, comfort features and warranties, as you select a new system. When you’re ready to install a new system, consider the benefits of a new energy-efficient air conditioner or heat pump system such as the Acclimate™ Series from Luxaire® Heating and Air Conditioning. Luxaire products are marketed by the Unitary Products Group of York, a Johnson Controls Company.