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How to Contract an HVAC/Mechanical Engineer/General Contractor

June 29, 2021

You’ve built a new practice and want to install an in-duct purification solution. How do you choose the best technician, engineer, or contractor for the job? Our Benco experts have put together a list of guidelines to help you navigate the process and make it as painless as possible.

  • Select a Contractor/HVAC Installer who has working knowledge of your system. Each of the systems offered by Benco has different requirements which are very clearly stated in the manufacturer literature. They all rely on a professional to understand how the existing HVAC system is configured. Coordinate with your TR/ES to sit with them and our offerings to see what the best fit will be.
  • If the HVAC system is currently being designed, be sure to provide the Mechanical Engineer with cut sheets from the manufacturer so it can be integrated into the design.
  • If you do not currently have an HVAC contractor, contract more than one and obtain an estimate for their service. If they do not first stop by your site and inspect your system to understand how it is configured, that is a bad sign. It is the equivalent of agreeing with a mechanic to fix your vehicle before they inspect it.
  • Work with your ES/TR and contractor to establish a plan of all work and processes that are required for your selected unit. Does a control panel need to be installed, if so where? Do you need to replace or modify ceiling tiles to see if the unit is functioning? Will the unit need periodic inspection or filter changes? Who will service the unit, and how often?
  • Ensure that who you select to install the unit will be able to perform (or arrange for a subcontractor) to accommodate all required installation tasks including new electrical connections, etc.
  • Utilize this opportunity to have a qualified HVAC professional balance or re-balance your system. Balancing is adjusting the internal volume of air distribution to better control temperatures across different spaces being served by the same HVAC system. If you have that room “that always gets too cold” or is “always hot” this is an ideal time to ask them to investigate and potentially remedy this problem. HVAC units, over time age. Periodic re-balancing not only promotes comfort but can help extend the life of the HVAC units.
  • Do they have a BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating or something comparable?
  • Are they bonded?
  • Any outstanding claims against them?

By asking a potential contractor about their experiences, references, and liability protection, you can ensure that you are picking the right person for the job. With these tips and questions in your toolbox, you can’t go wrong.

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