Frequently Asked Questions

Oftentimes, when an individual needs a new HVAC system he or she wants to learn as much as possible about the entire process as well as the products involved. Furthermore, the person wants to find a skilled, licensed contractor who can handle the job. The following offers a number of frequently asked questions such as what does HVAC stand for? Also, it contains information about the qualifications of the licensed contractors featured on this site.
  • What does HVAC stand for?

    The acronym HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning.

  • What are some common problems with HVAC systems?

    Clogged filters are a common problem. A clogged filter causes a heating and cooling system to become inefficient. In short, the system is working harder than necessary to effectively cool or heat the rooms in a home. Another common problem is a malfunctioning belt or fan. This problem prevents the warm and cool air from flowing evenly throughout a home.

  • What are some of the services offered by these licensed HVAC contractors?

    These licensed contractors provide installation as well as HVAC repair and maintenance services.

  • How do I know these contractors are qualified to do the work I need done?

    The contractors listed here are licensed to perform installations, repairs, and HVAC maintenance services. Also, many of the licensed contractors have NATE North American Technician Excellence certification. NATE is a respected certification program for professionals in the industry. The licensed contractors on this list are expert at what they do.

  • How many dealers are featured here?

    There are 227 individual dealers listed on this page.

  • What products do these licensed contractors use?

    These contractors use Bryant and/or Carrier HVAC systems and related products.

  • What are some of the typical products sold by both Bryant and Carrier?

    Both Bryant and Carrier make furnaces, central heating and air-conditioning systems, heat pumps, boilers, forced air, ductless, indoor air quality products, controls and thermostats.

  • What are some of the latest, energy-efficient innovations created by Carrier?

    One example is Comfort Heat Technology. Other examples include Greenspeed Intelligence, Ideal Humidity System Technology, and Hybrid Heat System.

  • What are some of the latest, energy-efficient innovations created by Bryant?

    A few examples include Serpentuff, Zone Perfect Plus, AeroQuiet, and Evolution Control.

  • I live in Mississippi. Do these licensed contractors serve residents in my state?

    Yes. These contractors serve residents in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

  • When licensed contractors are HVAC troubleshooting what are some of the red flags they are looking for?

    A licensed contractor will look for reasons why a heating and cooling system is performing in an inefficient way. He or she may do some HVAC troubleshooting connected with the airflow of the system. The thermostat controls will be checked as well as the filters. Fans and belts are also examined by a technician. By checking the various parts of a system, a contractor can find the cause of its inefficient operation.

  • What if I want to find a contractor who will simply replace the controls/thermostat of my heating and cooling system?

    The licensed contractors featured on this site can handle jobs both big and small! Yes, they can replace the controls/thermostat of a heating and cooling system. They are capable of handling installations, repairs, and maintenance services of all kinds.

  • In regard to furnaces, what is an AFUE rating?

    The acronym stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Rating. This term relates to the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

  • What is the SEER rating?

    This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This relates to the performance and the efficiency of an air-conditioning system. The U.S. Department of Energy sets a minimum SEER rating.

  • What is the HSPF rating?

    This acronym stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. This rating relates to the efficiency of a heat pump.

  • Can I purchase parts for my heating and cooling system on this site?

    No. This site helps customers to find reliable, licensed HVAC contractors who use reliable heating and cooling equipment and products.

  • What is a ductless heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system?

    This type of system doesn't use air ducts. Instead, this efficient system has indoor air-handling devices along with an outdoor compressor.

  • What is the purpose of a heat pump?

    This piece of equipment heats or cools a house or business by transferring heat from an external source such as the ground or even the air outside.

  • What is HVAC maintenance?

    Some examples of maintenance services include inspection of a system's air ducts, replacing air filters, sealing air leaks as well as checking and tightening connections. Most licensed contractors have a checklist of maintenance services for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems.

  • Can regular maintenance of a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system help a homeowner avoid the need for HVAC repair work?

    Yes. Regular maintenance services can help to prevent HVAC repair work. During a regular maintenance check a licensed contractor may find a potential problem. He or she can correct the problem before it becomes worse.

  • Are there things a homeowner can do to help prolong the life of a heating and cooling system?

    Yes. A licensed contractor can give a homeowner direction on things they can do help maintain their system. One easy method of preventative maintenance is regularly changing the air filters of a heating and cooling system.

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