Modern commercial HVAC installation is all about systems that support sustainability. But if you want to equip your space with an energy-efficient system, you need to start with the right commercial HVAC service. Professional commercial heating and cooling contractors reduce energy spending, improve air and temperature quality, and help you meet efficiency goals.
However, not every commercial air conditioning and heating company adheres to exceptional standards and delivers on their promises. Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you more in the long run in terms of headaches, malfunctions, and extra expenses on your commercial HVAC systems.
This article will help you find the best commercial HVAC contractors for your office building, retail space, mixed-use facility, or multi-dwelling unit.
We’ll highlight the criteria that indicates whether an HVAC equipment contractor aligns with your sustainability goals.
1. How Long Have They Been in the Business?
When you seek a contractor, one of the most significant indicators of success is business longevity and reputation in the commercial services industry. Professional standards and a solid industry name highlight that the contractors “know their stuff” and have years of experience. Licensed commercial heating and cooling contractors with successful track records exude expertise and competence, employ trained technicians, and can be trusted for heating and air conditioning repair service, even in an emergency situation.
Business longevity indicates that customers are happy with their service – and you can likely expect the same experience. Negative experiences and word-of-mouth travel fast, and companies that cannot deliver on their promises don’t last long in this industry.
2. Can You Reach the Contractor Anytime?
Professional commercial heating and cooling contractors don’t limit themselves to installation services, heat/cool systems, and air conditioning. They also provide maintenance and emergency service when issues arise. Some contractors only offer maintenance services for a limited time. If you have operational commercial space, you need someone who delivers on their promises without making you wait.
Look for companies you can contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for support and emergency services. Always read the fine print in your contract and ask questions related to both service and sustainability. Most importantly, always pay attention to how the HVAC technician relays that information and their level of reassurance. If they are dismissive about your concerns or are vague at any point in the process, it’s time to look elsewhere.
3. Is the Contractor Reliable?
When contractors advertise their services, they only mention the positives. That’s where customer reviews come in – and you can find them all over the internet. Although many businesses publish fake reviews on their site, you can look in other places, like the Better Business Bureau, for their degree of reliable service. If the contractor has social media pages, read the comments on their posts to gauge responsiveness.
Steer clear if you see numerous comments about a lack of responsiveness. Many contractors initially reel you in with promises of reliable service, only to abandon you once installation finishes. If there is an emergency, not having reliable commercial heating and cooling contractors can leave you in a tough spot. MDU property managers, especially, could face fines if they leave residents without heat or AC.
4. Do They Have a Proven Track Record?
Look at the contractor’s completed projects before you hire them for your commercial property. The company must have highly trained HVAC contractors that take pride in their work and a series of successful projects in their portfolio. One of the ways you can find a suitable contractor is by searching for a building with the specifications you want for your own space in their portfolio.
Once you find evidence of work you want on your commercial property, check with the contractor. Depending on your budget, goals, and space constraints, you can ask your HVAC contractor for a similar system.
5. Does the Contractor Have Knowledge of Sustainable Systems?
If you want your building to qualify for LEED and sustainability certifications, the contractor must be knowledgeable in HVAC technology. HVAC technology changes rapidly as energy-efficient systems improve.
Compliance with certification standards is also a must. You won’t meet your sustainability goals if the contractor relies on outdated technology. Check for how and where they plan to install ERV intake systems and how modern their recommended heat pumps are. These small indicators show you how efficient and sustainable the work is and whether the contractor can help you meet your sustainability goals.
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