good hvac service in Chicago (Oak Park)?
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    good hvac service in Chicago (Oak Park)?

    Hello

    I recently bought a home and would like to put in ac for the first floor and basement as well as some type of air filtration system (which I'm learning more about in the air quality forum). I'm just wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for me as far as someone to put the system in? I am going to get an estimate from House of Heat in Oak Park as well as Unique in Elmhurst but when I talked to them on the phone I didn't feel like they knew very much about the air filtration systems out there. I live in Oak Park which is on the West side of Chicago.

    thank you very much

    Sarah Morgan

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    Spend about 20 hours on here before you get estimates.

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    LOL.....I agree read everything you can till you have a good knowledge of what you want and are looking for before you even start the process. NewUser can vouch for that. I also posted in your other thread about CF I have a cousin with CF that is 22 and doing very well.

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    new user - "Spend about 20 hours on here before you get estimates."

    LOL I think I already have! but it was all on the air quality thread so I don't have much of a clue about the actual HVAC system

    Unfortunately I have limited access to the house before we actually close on it (as in today when I meet with two contractors and then after we close) and I'd like to get someone booked to do the job soon because we want to get all the work done and the house totally cleaned before we move in so that we are not exposing my son to all of the construction dust. I will start reading here though before I actually sign any checks!

    I wish I would have found this place a month ago!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by BigJon3475 View Post
    LOL.....I agree read everything you can till you have a good knowledge of what you want and are looking for before you even start the process. NewUser can vouch for that. I also posted in your other thread about CF I have a cousin with CF that is 22 and doing very well.
    BigJon - thanks for posting here and on the other thread. It's always so nice to hear about someone with CF that is a little bit older and doing well. Send a big hug to your cousin from my little son.

    Sarah

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    From my experience, here is what I would ask them before they start. You might want to call all of the bidders to get their answers if they already came out.
    1. Will the system be planned using Manual J, D, and S?
    2. What grade materials will be used to do the install: ducts, vents, tape, mastic, etc?
    3. Will the techs doing your install have the factory training offered on the equipment you have decided on?
    4. Will the entire system be airtight when they are done? How do they ensure this?
    5. How are their techs instructed to do the brazing of the lines and the system purge and fill?
    6. Will they explain to you how they have set up the system for optimum performance and operation, ie. multiple speeds, changeover, deadband, etc.

    Read on here and you will find a ton more. Recent good threads are:

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=136004

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=135756

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=135300

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=136011

    If you have to take a day off work to research, I recommend it. It will save you a ton of follow up work with your contractor since you will have everything done right to begin with.

    I don't know if you could do this with all manufacturers, but with Trane, you could always call the local disctributor (get this from Trane's website) and tell them you have a sick child so you need the most anal retentive/OCD/perfectionist installer in the area who will do a perfect job the first time. They may or may not help you.

    http://www.trane.com/residential/dea...orLocator.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewUser75 View Post
    From my experience, here is what I would ask them before they start. You might want to call all of the bidders to get their answers if they already came out.
    1. Will the system be planned using Manual J, D, and S?
    2. What grade materials will be used to do the install: ducts, vents, tape, mastic, etc?
    3. Will the techs doing your install have the factory training offered on the equipment you have decided on?
    4. Will the entire system be airtight when they are done? How do they ensure this?
    5. How are their techs instructed to do the brazing of the lines and the system purge and fill?
    6. Will they explain to you how they have set up the system for optimum performance and operation, ie. multiple speeds, changeover, deadband, etc.

    Read on here and you will find a ton more. Recent good threads are:

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=136004

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=135756

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=135300

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=136011

    If you have to take a day off work to research, I recommend it. It will save you a ton of follow up work with your contractor since you will have everything done right to begin with.

    I don't know if you could do this with all manufacturers, but with Trane, you could always call the local disctributor (get this from Trane's website) and tell them you have a sick child so you need the most anal retentive/OCD/perfectionist installer in the area who will do a perfect job the first time. They may or may not help you.

    http://www.trane.com/residential/dea...orLocator.aspx
    Thank you very much for all of this info. I will check out those threads and I have been researching all of this like crazy! yesterday I had two guys out to look at the house. One of them left me feeling really uneasy and the other one was just amazing. He has a family run business that's been around for 50 years but besides that everything he said made so much sense! I feel very comfortable with him and his company so I'm happy to at least have found someone I feel good about working will. Now it's just a matter of making all of the decisions.

    Sarah

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