Imagine you have spent an entire week cooking, cleaning and decorating your home for the annual family reunion. You wake up the morning of your event and notice that it had snowed overnight which left the trees glistening in the sunlight and the temperatures dropping dramatically. Shaking off a chill, you walk to the thermostat to turn on the furnace only to be greeted with nothing but silence. You have 20 people arriving in five hours and you have no heat! On top of getting the final preparations ready for your guests you now have to scramble to find a HVAC technician who can care for your indoor climate.
When hiring a contractor, it is recommended that you do your homework and follow these important steps
- Visit BaeumlerApproved.ca for a list of vetted HVAC contractors in your area
- Visit online review forums for contractor customer reviews
- Once you have decided on a specific contractor, ask them for a copy of their certificate of insurance
- Make sure they are registered with WSIB and that they are in a good standing – www.wsib.ca
- Get a contract outlining the work to be done and the costs. Ensure you receive and approve change-orders for any work that goes outside of the scope of the original quote prior to the extra work being done.
Don’t get left out in the cold – inspect your furnace annually
It is common knowledge that if you drive a car without regular maintenance or oil changes, the engine will eventually cease and only be good for its parts. The same is true for your HVAC appliances. HVAC systems are complicated pieces of mechanical equipment subject to breakdowns and repairs without proper maintenance. It is generally recommended that furnaces be maintained annually in the fall prior to starting it up to reduce the chances of it breaking down in the dead of winter when it is needed the most.
Properly maintained HVAC systems can reduce your monthly energy bills
Annual maintenance programs will inspect and test all aspects of your system to ensure it runs efficiently and safely.
Technicians will check thermostat calibrations, tighten electrical connections, inspect condensate drains, clean and adjust the blower, check fuel line connections, lubricate moving parts, check system controls (start cycle, operation and shut-off sequence) as well as inspect gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchangers. They will also check for any leaks which could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home.
When your HVAC system runs inefficiently it needs to work harder to produce heat which increases the risk for failure, repairs and higher energy bills. The cost of an annual maintenance program can improve your indoor comfort, extend the life of your HVAC system and ultimately save you money on your utility bills. Find a ClimateCare HVAC retailer near you at www.BaeumlerApproved.ca or www.climatecare.com to learn about their maintenance programs so that you are not left in the cold this winter.
ABOUT ClimateCare Cooperative Corporation
ClimateCare is Canada’s largest network of independent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems contractors. They are 100% member owned and have operated that way since the cooperative was formed in 1992. As a network of local businesses spread across Ontario, customers deal with companies that deliver the high standards associated with the ClimateCare name while supporting the local economy. Click here for a list of all ClimateCare locations.
The We Care Promise
ClimateCare’s members are committed to ongoing training and technical education so they can reliably provide great service and modern solutions. All HVAC contractors agree to conduct business following the WE CARE promise of comfort, accountability, reliability and excellence.
BaeumlerApproved.ca was created to help homeowners connect with contractors, trades and home service providers across Canada by helping them know what to look for. BaeumlerApproved.ca members must demonstrate a verifiable quality of work and customer satisfaction. They submit to a screening process that includes BaeumlerApproved.ca gaining feedback from customers and companies that the applicant has collaborated with on projects. Other screening criteria include online reviews, insurance coverage, worker’s compensation and maintaining appropriate professional certifications.
SOURCE ClimateCare Cooperative Corporation