HVAC systems within a commercial setting are essential for climate control and air quality. As a business owner or facility manager, you must ensure the units’ long-term health and performance to maximize the productivity of your workforce and the overall comfort of everyone inside the building. Without the benefit of maintenance, ongoing operations may be disrupted because of costly heating and cooling problems.
For this, you need to work with a reliable HVAC contractor specializing in commercial HVAC services. You must do this because you don’t want to encounter more heating and cooling troubles down the line than you had when you started. How exactly do you find a good contractor, though? With so many of them bidding for your business, how can you tell if the one you choose is the best one for your building’s HVAC needs?
The good news is that it’s not as hard as it may seem. Then again, it’s important to know what to look for in a commercial HVAC company. Continue reading as we discuss each one here.
Experience with commercial spaces
At home, it’s only you and your family whose comfort requirements you need to worry about. If you own or manage an office complex, retail store, supermarket, restaurant or any other commercial space, however, you have to take your employees, tenants, customers and/or visitors into account. Anything that goes wrong with the building’s HVAC system can have a negative impact on your business operations, with implications that will surely affect your bottom line.
Fortunately, plenty of HVAC companies offer both residential and commercial HVAC services. When you consider a service provider, see to it that they’re forthcoming about their years of experience working on large, complex commercial-grade HVAC systems. The more experience they have, the better your chances of getting repair, replacement and maintenance work done well.
Licenses and insurance
A reliable commercial HVAC contractor is worth hiring if they have the required permits and licenses to operate in your area. The company and its crew of technicians must hold current, up-to-date professional licensure while adhering to the important statutes and regulations set forth by the state, city or county.
Also, working with a contractor carrying adequate insurance means that you’re protected from liability in any problems that may arise during an HVAC replacement project or routine maintenance and repair. These include accidental injuries, property damage and non-payment of wages. As such, make sure that the contractor you choose has both workers’ compensation and general liability insurance.
Certifications and other accolades
Awards, certifications and other accolades speak to the unmatched reputation HVAC companies have when it comes to providing top-notch residential and commercial HVAC products and services to their customers. These are indicators that they can be trusted and relied upon when it comes to everything HVAC-related, from coming up with a furnace inspection checklist to assisting with your choice of HVAC equipment replacement.
One of the certifications to look for is NATE certification, which stands for North American Technician Excellence. It’s the standard by which all professional HVAC pros are measured. When you work with NATE-certified HVAC technicians, you can have peace of mind knowing that your heating, cooling and indoor air quality systems are installed, repaired and maintained using only the industry’s best practices. With their quality workmanship, you can expect fast, efficient service that gets the job done right the first time. The systems you have in the commercial space are also going to run at peak efficiency with fewer callbacks and warranty returns.
Another type of certification to look for from a prospective contractor is one provided by an HVAC manufacturer. Reliable HVAC companies are often certified by at least one manufacturer to work on their products. This means that they have the proficiency to install, repair and maintain HVAC systems based on manufacturer specifications.
Keep in mind that manufacturers will often invalidate warranties if they find out that their products weren’t installed by one of their certified contractors. If you work with one who isn’t familiar with how specific HVAC products are used or installed, there’s a chance that hiring them might end up being a grave mistake that could be costly to remedy in the end. It can become even more complicated in the event you need to take advantage of a warranty. So, if you have a particular brand in mind, make sure that the contractor you choose is certified by the manufacturer of the products you want installed in your commercial space.
Recommendations from Industry Experts
One of the best ways to find a contractor for your commercial HVAC needs is to obtain referrals from someone you can trust to provide good recommendations. It could be from colleagues within your organization, non-work friends or family members. If they can’t provide you with a name, however, you can always turn to the internet to get more information.
Visiting websites of industry experts or organizations can be of great help. One of them is the Better Business Bureau® (BBB). Prospective contractors with a BBB rating of A+ means that they have a proven reputation in the industry and provide honest and efficient service. A BBB-accredited company adheres to the organization’s stringent standards and can meet and exceed your expectations so you can enjoy the best possible outcome for your HVAC project.
All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing reliable HVAC services in the local area for over ten years. Our continued aim is to offer nothing less than excellent HVAC services to both residential and commercial customers. We only employ NATE-certified technicians to ensure optimal efficiency and greater indoor comfort and air quality. Our technicians are professionally trained and highly knowledgeable about everything related to heating and air conditioning, whether it be recognizing the importance of changing air filters in home ventilation systems or spearheading the HVAC replacement process.
In addition to commercial heating and air conditioning, our company also specializes in duct cleaning and new ductwork installation, as well as tune-ups and safety checks. We also offer our Energy Savings Agreement (ESA) Program, which is an annual maintenance agreement in which you can enroll to ensure your HVAC systems’ peak performance all-year-round.
Give us a call today at (707) 400-6875 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve businesses in Vacaville, CA, and the surrounding communities.