HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) contractors are perhaps one of the most important contractors in terms of a new construction—both home and business. In many climates, heating is necessary to survive the winter months. Down south, air conditioning helps prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion, not to mention mold and mildew, in hot, humid areas. An HVAC contractor is called in to plan and install the heating and air conditioning systems in any new construction. They are also hired to upgrade a heating or air conditioning system.
What Should I Look for in an HVAC Contractor?
HVAC contractors may work in an apprenticeship, but more commonly they attend a vocational or technical program at a local community college or technical school. Programs generally last four or five years and then require the HVAC contractor to gain a license from the state. The licensing exam often covers tools, electrical codes, state and federal laws, methods and safety practices. Therefore, you should ask the HVAC contractor about his or her education and should also check to make certain the contractors is properly licensed in your state.
What Can I Expect from My HVAC Contractor
If you are having your heating or cooling installed in new construction, the HVAC contractor will perform the installation shortly after the framing is complete. This is because heating systems require piping to be installed throughout the interior to the exterior for exhaust to be released safely outside.
Your HVAC contractor will need to read and draw blueprints in order to make certain your ductwork and other piping is properly installed. In addition, the HVAC contractor will make certain the plans meet area codes and will not disrupt the installation of other services, such as electrical placement. Therefore, it is important for your HVAC contractor to work cooperatively with you as well as with other contractors working on the house.