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Finding the right A/C Contractor

Finding the right A/C Contractor

From time to time you may need an affordable HVAC contractor in Texas for reliable heating, ventilation or air conditioning services. But what should you look for in an HVAC professional? You want someone that is not only experienced and licensed but also pre-screened and certified for your protection. You want someone who offers a wide range of services that can handle any job, from cleaning air ducts to installing a new boiler or furnace. A skilled residential or commercial HVAC contractor can be a one man shop or part of a larger home improvement company. But the most important consideration is to find someone who not only works in your area, but also has an excellent reputation for quality service at reasonable prices. And for your convenience, you should be able to receive quotes either by phone, email or in person prior to making your decision so that you know how much the job will cost before work begins. So let’s take a look at a few things that you should consider before hiring a heating and air conditioning contractor.Contractors

Furnace or Air Conditioner Troubleshooting and Repair

HVAC professionals in Texas offer a wide range of services. Following is a partial list of the services that you can choose from. This list is not all inclusive, so if you are in need of any HVAC repairs, installation, or replacement, please request a free quote for more information.

Boiler install replace repair service
Central A/C install replace repair service
Commercial/Industrial HVAC
Ductless (mini-split) A/C install
Ducts/vents clean
Ducts/vents install replace
Electrical baseboard/wall heater install, repair
Furnace/Heating System install replace repair service
Heat pump install repair
Humidifier install repair
HVAC Troubleshooting
Radiant floor heating system install repair
Thermostat install replace

Selecting a Licensed HVAC Contractor

When your furnace or air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced, you will want to hire a professional TexasHVAC contractor in Alaska for the job. HVAC by the way stands for “Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning”. If it has to do with heating, ventilation or air conditioning, an HVAC contractor has the experience and training to handle it. But how do you make sure that the contractor you hire is the right person for the job? Let’s take a look at some of the things you should look at before committing to hire an HVAC contractor.

Ask friends and family for referrals. Often the best source for finding a good HVAC contractor is asking friends and family if they have used someone that they are happy with. Ask what type of work the contractor did, were they happy with the work, and was the price fair and in line with other contractors. Another way to obtain referrals is to use a service recommended by this website that pre-screens contractors in your area or zip code 99821 that provide quotes either by phone or by email.
Verify that HVAC contractor has required licenses and insurance. Be sure to check that the contractor you are considering is in compliance with all local and Alaska licensing requirements and certifications. Also, be sure to ask for certificates of insurance for the contractor’s Worker’s Comp and Liability Insurance in the event that there is an injury to an employee while working or damage to your property.
Check for customer complaints. Do some due diligence by checking with your Texas Attorney General’s office and the Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the HVAC contractor you are considering. Online rating services, such as Google + Local or Yelp, can give you some insight as to the reputation of the contractor in your community.
Ask for references. Talk with 2 or 3 past Texas clients of the contractor to get some feedback on the quality of the work performed. Ask if they were completely satisfied with their experience, and if not, why not. Also, did the final bill come in as quoted, and if not, again why not.
Meet with the HVAC contractor at your home. Before making a final assessment and providing a firm quote for services, the contractor should be willing to inspect your system and perform a diagnostic if necessary. Be wary of any contractor that makes a cursory inspection without asking many questions.
Obtain several bids before making your final choice. It is a good idea to get bids from at least 3 Texas contractors before selecting the HVAC specialist for the job. Overall cost is important, but be sure to also compare the quality of the components installed or replaced, including energy efficiency and warranties.
Get it all in writing. Once you have narrowed it down to your final selection, ask the HVAC contractor to put it all in writing. Things that you want to see in writing are all costs and fees, start and completion dates, guarantees and warranties, and payment due dates. Most importantly, be sure that you receive a detailed summary of all work to be completed, and systems to be installed, including brand and model numbers. There should be no surprises or deviations from the written proposal without your approval.

News about HVAC

Facebook’s Workplace – A Product Launched For Companies

gr-workplace-by-facebook-waddsIt is an exciting time for companies today. A new product by Facebook is slowly making its mark in corporate environments. Workplace is a new networking platform launched by Facebook specific to companies and organizations. It provides a virtual environment for employees to interact with additional security features.

Workforce unlike Facebook is an ad-free, collaborative space that is restricted to the company environment and within a company’s firewall. The aim and features of Workforce is allow ideas to flourish via tools and technologies that provide for freedom of expression, collaboration, feedback, quick decision making and cutting down on hierarchy.

Workforce is a well-tested product. An internal version of it was up and running in Facebook’s very own office for years. In the last one year they have tested Workforce in other companies. Subscription was by invites-only.

The features enable employees to connect to a common platform and work together, share files, hold virtual meetings etc at ease. It does not matter whether the employee is in the office or is on the go, strapped to a mobile phone. The features allow for easy exchange and communication. The kind of companies that have adopted Workforce range from shipping companies who talk to their on-board crew members using Workforce’s Live Video feature to banks that use Workforce for all communication including instead of fax machines.

Today there are more 1,000 organizations worldwide, who have signed up for Workforce with over 100,000 groups created. The top countries using Workforce include USA, India, Norway, UK, France.

Companies using Workforce include Starbucks, Danone, RBS, Yes Bank and Godrej in India, Government Technology Agency of Singapore,Booking.com to name a few. There is a small charge of $3 per employee per month for companies but is given out free of cost to non-profits like Oxfam.

There are developments to Workforce unfolding each day. A feature soon to roll out is a cross-company platform – a shared space for two collaborating companies. The possibilities appear endless!

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HP Inc’s Acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ Printer Business

copier-for-business-useHP a mammoth company, nearly 75 years old, has acquired several top notch companies to maintain its global position as a hardware giant for decades. For years HP’s prime focus was on innovation and product development. With time it has had to sink its teeth into acquisitions and mergers to stay ahead.

To join the list of acquisitions by HP is Samsung Electronics’ printer business, albeit it will be acquired by HP Inc.

For those who are unfamiliar with HP Inc, Hewlett Packard, formerly a single entity has split into two companies – HP Enterprises and HP Inc. HP Inc will pertain to personal computers and printers and HP Enterprises will comprise servers, storage, networking and software services. The companies are expected to generate annual revenues of about 50 billion each. Neither of these two companies will enjoy the status that HP once coveted.

Equipped with nearly 6,000 printing patents and a large workforce, Samsung’s Printing Business acquisition is a good move by HP Inc to strengthen its global position in latest technologies like laser printing. The acquisition is valued at around 1 billion USD. Samsung’s Printer section fetches annual revenues of about $1.8 billion. In all ways, this appears to be a good strategy by HP Inc to consolidate its position in the global market of printers and inkjets.

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