Before hiring an HVAC service provider…

Before hiring an HVAC service provider, ask about licensing, liability insurance and bonding.

The heating and cooling system is one of the most complex systems that can be found in a home. It’s essential that the HVAC service provider you hire is well-trained to deal with the inherent safety issues in heating systems — electricity, natural gas, oil — or cooling units that use toxic refrigerants such as Freon.

It might seem OK to have a friend, or family member perform essential service or maintenance, but having a licensed professional do it will benefit you because:

1. A qualified technician can often find and address small problems with A/C units through a regular inspection that, left unnoticed, could grow into larger, more expensive issues.
2. A properly performed tune up can help reduce your monthly energy bill by up to 15 percent and help prevent earlier-than-normal breakdowns.
3. And, since an ac system can lose 5% of its efficiency per year, a professional can help minimize the loss in efficiency.

Here in Florida, this is the link to check if your HVAC service provider is licensed.