You’ve decided to install a ductless mini split system in your Boston area home. Congratulations!

You’ll be thrilled with the benefits, ranging from quiet operation to energy efficiency (and that’s just the start).

However, there’s still a big question to answer: will you install the system yourself or hire an HVAC contractor?

If you’ve come to the conclusion that a DIY job is too much to handle, turn your attention to finding a contractor who can meet your every requirement.

There are three basic details to consider with choosing an HVAC contractor to install a ductless mini split:

  • Expertise: if you’re not going to hire a licensed and experienced HVAC contractor, you might as well do the job yourself.
  • Pricing: the cost of ductless mini split systems vary based on details such as size and manufacturer. You must also consider the cost of labor.
  • Availability: if you want your system installed sooner rather than later, find a contractor with immediate availability in their schedule.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s turn our focus to three questions that can help you choose the right contractor for your ductless mini split installation project:

1. What does the process entail?

This is when you’ll begin to separate the pretenders from the contenders. An experienced, reputable HVAC contractor knows the installation process like the back of their hand.

They can inspect your home, ask key questions, and make a relatively quick decision as to how to best tackle the project. They can also point out any areas of concern.

Conversely, an inexperienced contractor may say things like “I can do it any way you want” and “you just tell me what works best for you.”

It’s nice to have some flexibility, but statements like these are a major red flag.

2. How much does it cost to install a ductless mini split?

As noted above, this can and will vary from home to home. For example, you may have a small home and a strong interest in a value-priced system. However, your neighbor has a bigger home and is willing to pay for the best of the best.

Do this:

  • Ask your HVAC contractor for several options at varying price levels
  • Get the quote in writing (including parts and labor), as some contractors may attempt to adjust their pricing after the project begins (this is the oldest trick in the book)

When you combine this with your research into the best HVAC contractors in your area, you can make a confident decision regarding price.

3. Do you foresee any issues?

A good HVAC contractor is one who can pinpoint issues upfront, explain your options, and help you decide on the safest, most economic way of proceeding.

On the flip side, bad contractors don’t see these issues coming. They simply run into them along the way, which throws them for a curve. This typically results in the project coming to a grinding halt, as well as them asking you for more money.

At New England Ductless, we know that you don’t want to choose just any HVAC contractor to install your ductless mini split. That’s why we take great pride in transparent communication and pricing, and are happy to work with you to meet your every need.