Are you feeling cold? Is your home feeling dry? It may be that your Heating or Air Conditioning system is not working as well as it should. It’s a good idea to have an HVAC contractor come out and check your heating and air conditioning system to make sure it is working up to its capacity. Whether you need a heating contractor or an air conditioning contractor, here at Elite HVAC Contractors, we help you find elite HVAC contractors in your area. Quality service is what we are about at Elite HVAC Contractors. In fact, our HVAC contractors meet the strictest requirements of any contractor. They pledge to complete your job with the utmost professionalism. We also require more than any other heating and air conditioning company. So if your HVAC system isn’t blowing enough heat to keep you warm or it’s time to get a new air conditioner, don’t hesitate to call one of our heating and air conditioning contractors who will be happy to give you a free quote.
It’s very important for your health that you have good air throughout your home. In order to have good air, you need to have a good air purification system and to make sure that the humidity levels in your home are conducive to healthy air. You can read more about humidifiers on our site where we also have many articles about air conditioning, heating, humidification and more. You can also ask your Elite HVAC contractor any questions you may have about your heating and air conditioning system.
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The 7 Biggest Mistakes That an HVAC Contractor Makes
Heating contractors and air conditioning contractors, like the rest of us, make mistakes. They make mistakes that hurt performance, efficiency of the HVAC systems they install and maintain and times their mistakes are fatal. Did you alsoknow It’s a statistical fact that heating and air conditioning service and repair is the second most widely taught trade in prisons across the country (plumbing is number 1). What this means is that a huge percentage of service contractors who are entering into people’s homes are actually ex-cons who learned their trade while serving time in prison. – See more at: http://www.elitehvaccontractors.com/buying-guide/how-to-guarantee-you-never-suffer-by-hiring-the-wrong-company/#sthash.5v9hd58f.dpuf. They make mistakes that hurt their customers sometimes. And they make mistakes that hurt their businesses. Let’s look at 7 of the biggest mistakes today.
Elite HVAC Contractors will help you work with some of the best HVAC contractors, this way you do not have to experience the following mistakes. Here then, is what I see as the top 7 mistakes that HVAC contractors make:
1. Not understanding combustion safety
If an HVAC contractor responds to a call about carbon monoxide, they’ll usually go straight to the furnace and look for cracks in the heat exchanger. When they find that it’s OK, they often assume it must have just been a false alarm, so they change the batteries in the CO alarm.
The problem is that most HVAC contractors don’t know much about back drafting of combustion appliances. Nor do they test for it. If you’re an HVAC contractor and not testing for flue gases and worst-case depressurization on these calls, you’re leaving a potentially dangerous situation. You never want to find out the next day that the people in the house you just visited are in the hospital with CO poisoning.
2. Focusing on ‘the box’ and ignoring air flow
This is the problem that We’ve probably written more articles about than any other. If the vast majority of HVAC contractors did professional quality work, I wouldn’t be able to go into house after house after house and find the kind of duct problem you see at the top of this page. If all HVAC contractors were pros, no one would know what a duct opus (below) is. If HVAC contractors understood air flow, most duct systems would be larger than they are.
Elite HVAC Contractor in PA, told us last year at Comfort Tech that he pretty much never does a system change out without also doing a duct modifications. Why? Because he knows that the existing ductwork, even if it’s relatively new, probably wasn’t sized right, is too leaky, and would lead to more trouble and expense than just modifying.
3. Ignoring the opportunities in home performance
In the residential market, HVAC contractors go into people’s homes every single day. They go into attics, crawl spaces, and basements, where they can seethe quality of the insulation and air sealing in the home’s building enclosure. Even if the HVAC contractor doesn’t do the insulation and air-sealing work, it’s a great complementary service to advise the homeowners on the other work their home could use to improve its overall performance.
It seems a bit paradoxical that so many HVAC company names include the word ‘comfort’ yet they don’t really address all the issues that affect comfort. Once you truly understand that Heating and Air Conditioning Buyers Guide, you know that mechanical systems aren’t the answer to all comfort problems.
4. Forgetting the V in HVAC
Ah, yes, ventilation. The insulting way to state this is that any HVAC contractor who doesn’t address the V in HVAC is just a HAC (read: hack). New homes are tighter than ever because of energy codes that require higher levels of air-sealing and in some cases, blower door tests to verify the air tightness. Tight homes need mechanical ventilation. All homes need spot ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.
Are you really including the V in HVAC? Do you know what ASHRAE 62.2 is? Do you understand the 3 strategies for providing mechanical ventilation (positive pressure, negative pressure, and balanced)? Have you measured the air flow in your ventilation systems?
5. Skipping the math
John Barba, a trainer for hydronics manufacturer Taco, suggested this title, and I love it. HVAC contractors like rules of thumb. They also rely on what they think worked in the past. “Son, this is the way we’ve always done it
around here, and we’ve been in business longer than you’ve been alive.”
Well, guess what. Heating and cooling systems aren’t the same as they were 50 years ago. Nor are homes. Rules of thumb don’t work because every house is different. If you want to size a system properly, you’ve got to come up with some way of getting at the rate of heat loss and heat gain in the home you’re working on. Manual J is probably the best way for new homes, and timing the existing system’s runtime during design conditions is the best for existing homes (if you have that option).
HVAC systems are complex technology. If you’re relying on rules of thumb or doing things the way you’ve always done them, then you’re not serving your customers well.
6. Trying to be the low bidder
The race to the bottom results in everyone being a loser. The ones who don’t get the contract lose. The one who gets the contract can’t do the work properly because they have to scrimp on labor and materials. And the homeowner loses because, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
When contractors try to get low-bid work, they have to keep all their costs as low as possible. They hire poorly trained techs and then don’t do enough—or anything—to get them trained properly and keep them updated. They use equipment that won’t last. They do the least work they possibly can on the distribution system. (See #2 above.)
Because there are so many companies willing to do this, not all contractors really have the same knowledge, training, background checks, drug test and so much more like Elite HVAC Contractors. Did you know a NATE education is like having an MBA in HVAC? This is only one small pre-screening requirement with Elite HVAC Contractors.
7. Failure to use house-as-a-system thinking
First, you’ve got to get to HVAC-as-a-system thinking by getting past the sins described in numbers 1, 2, and 4 above. Once you include combustion safety and distribution and ventilation in your scope, you’re ready to go beyond and look at the whole house. This leads to the opportunities in mistake number 3 above, of course, but it’s bigger than that, “heating and air conditioning equipment does not fix most problems in homes and businesses”. When you understand the house-as-a-system concept, you become a problem solver. You know how to listen to homeowners and help fix things so their daughter’s cough goes away or the mildew in the bathroom stops growing or that one room they can’t stand to be in becomes part of their living space again. This is HVAC Science 101, and smart Elite HVAC contractors know this stuff.
The bottom line
If you’re hiring HVAC contractor, which path will you choose? One path leads to problems. You constantly have to find new customers because it’s hard for the ones you have to feel any loyalty to you if your work isn’t remarkable. And if you are always looking for the low bid, you may get them one time, but pay the price later. As a homeowner who would you want for maintenance, repairs or new installations of HVAC heating and air conditioning solutions.
The choice is yours…
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