Anyone who owns a building will, at some point in time, need to bring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) companies to either install, replace or repair HVAC equipment. Problems such as leaky seals around equipment or ventilation ducts, chimneys or piping are targets for the HVAC technician. More common needs surround familiar equipment such as furnaces, air conditioners and refrigeration units.
The type of equipment used in HVAC systems today is very complex, often computerized, and always sensitive. Working on these systems is no longer simple, but requires technical training. HVACcompanies are proud of the accomplishments of their service technicians in the area of technical education, and will frequently include references to this knowledge in their advertisements. Look for HVAC companies who mention that they have NATE (North American Technical Excellence) certified service technicians on staff. This certification represents the highest standard of training available.
It is important to only use HVAC companies that are up to date with training and modern equipment because faulty installation, repair or maintenance of HVAC equipment could lead to serious mechanical and health problems if done incorrectly. For example, any gas leak may lead to toxic fumes or an explosion. Proper repairs and regular maintenance checks can also prevent costly part failures and replacements in the future.
HVAC systems control the air quality in a building. This includes humidity, temperature, and airflow inside the building. For maximum comfort, all parts of the system must coordinate and be functioning properly. Small parts, including thermostats, humidistats, pressure gauges, wiring, piping, control units and switches, must be operational for the system to work as designed. Larger parts, such as refrigeration equipment, fans, motors, burners, boilers and venting ductwork, are the hearts of HVAC equipment; without these parts running efficiently, the results could be ineffective and costly to the building owner.
When a new building is in the planning stage, that is the right time to bring in HVAC companies to work with blueprints to design the optimum HVAC systems for that building. Likewise, when a remodel job is in the works, bring in the qualified HVAC professionals to assure that important equipment such as the furnace, air conditioning and any refrigeration systems are not only working well, but that they are the best solution for the remodel plan.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to HVAC equipment and repairs. These related systems of heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration are an essential part of all buildings. Comfort, safety, cost control and building valuation all depend on having these systems running right. Use only reputable HVAC companies staffed with technicians that have top quality training and experience to achieve this goal.