Finding a Good Heating and Air Contractor

Finding a Good Heating and Air Contractor

Heating and cooling in San Diego, may not be as problematic as in other parts of the country. Indeed, our climate is relatively moderate, unless you live in east county or north county inland. There, residents seem to get the extremes. In the winter, Escondido and Ramona can get mighty cold. In the summer, El Cajon and Santee are almost unbearable.

To find quality specialists in heating and air, San Diego offers a wide variety of experts that can be found in both the yellow pages and through the search engines. To find a quality expert, you definitely want to do your homework. Unfortunately for the yellow pages, few people use them any more unless you are looking for a DUI attorney or ordering a pizza. Go to Google or Yahoo! And type in “heating and air san diego.” You will find numerous contractors. The ones listed in the pink portion have paid to be there. Watch out, they may not be the best choice. Those you see listed on the right are sponsored links and have paid to be there as well. Check through the list of “heating and air san diego” applicants listed in the organic search results – those under the pink listings that have earned the right to be listed on the first page. It is OK to start at the top of these and work your way down.

You will notice that “heating and air san diego” is a popular search and offers over a million results. This is good news because now you have plenty from which to choose. First, make sure your heating and air San Diego contractor is licensed. On their website should be a license number. If it is not available, move on to the next contractor. Second, be sure they have plenty of referrals. Don’t worry if your heating and air San Diego contractor has not been in business for very long or has a new website. Many of these people have been working in their profession for many years. Again, check the date of their individual license, not their business. Third, as with all contractors, check their references and referrals. Referrals are the best way to check up on any contractor, especially those in heating and air San Diego.

Another good tip is to make sure your heating and cooling San Diego contractor offers ENERGY STAR products and systems. ENERGY STAR qualified products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offer significant long-term energy savings. Contractors should be able to show you calculations of savings for ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment.

Always make sure you get written, itemized estimates for work so you can compare prices with at least three other heating and air San Diego contractors. Once you get the quote, compare all of them, but do not necessarily choose the cheapest one. If one is significantly cheaper than the others, chances are that contractor will be either cutting corners on your home or is low bidding the project with the intention of raising the price later. This is called “bait and switch.”

For more information on heating and air San Diego contractors, check out the Heating and Air San Diego website

Van Johnson

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