The UltimateAir® News

How to Evaluate your Local HVAC Installer

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2011

describe the image

Just as there are several options when it comes to heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) units for your home or business, there are also several options for selecting the right HVAC installer.


How does one differentiate between all of them? 

How does one find the best service at the best price?


Steps to Choosing the Right HVAC Installer

1. Look for a certified technician, such as a NATE-certified technician in your area.

2. Consider proposals from the certified HVAC technicians in your area. Do not be afraid to ask them questions.

    • Is the contractor complying with state and local codes?
    • Has the contractor provided you with a list of professional, business and trade references?
    • Will the contractor stand behind your installation?
    • Can the contractor service your new system in the future?

3. There are certain steps you want a technician to take before, during, and after installation. So before you choose a contractor, ensure they are going to take each of the steps.  These steps should include:

    • A review of the condition of your duct system
    • That the contractor ensures the unit is safe electrically
    • That the contractor provide a copy of the installation checklist with a record of all measurements taken during installation

4. Before installation, ensure that the technician ascertains the heating and cooling requirements of your home or business. This calculation requires much more than square footage. A technician should consider several other factors:

    • Ventilation needs
    • Insulation
    • Location of windows
    • Air tightness

5. During installation, it is important that the technician measures and documents the airflow. If the airflow is not optimal, energy will be wasted, your health might be at risk, and you will not be as comfortable as you should be with a functioning HVAC system.

The RecoupAerator® removes this concern for your ventilation by requiring no air flow balancing. It insures that the airflow exhausting household odors and pollutants is the same as the fresh, filtered outdoor air being distributed throughout the home.

When ventilation systems are difficult to install, it becomes more likely that the unit will be installed improperly. The technician should not only ensure that the electricity is safely provided, but should install a product that is simple to install and maintain. The RecoupAerator® is the closest to ‘plug & play’ among whole house energy recovery ventilators, and is flexible enough that tinkering is not required to adjust to different settings.

Rating your HVACs Installation Performance

After installation, if ducts were repaired or installed, the technician should measure leaks so that the air you are paying for is being delivered. There are several ways to measure potential leaks, and the technician should not only tell you how it was measured, but what the results were, and how it will be remedied.

Before the technician’s work is complete, several documents should be provided to you. You should ask for the newly-installed unit’s owners manual and accompanying warranties. And the technician should demonstrate to you how you can maintain your unit!

At first glance, it appears difficult to find the best installer and the best unit at the best value. But by relying on respected organizations like NATE and by asking questions, you can locate a great technician. And by relying on independently-tested whole house ventilation systems like the RecoupAerator®, you cannot go wrong.

To learn more about installing a RecoupAerator® and air filtration system in your home, click here.

Topics: indoor air quality, Air Ventilation System, HVAC Installer