Proper installation and maintenance of your air conditioner helps ensure energy efficiency, consistent temperatures throughout your home, and a long life for your system. Selecting the right residential contractor is therefore vital. Good thing you found ! With more than 30 years experience in consumer financing and air conditioning and heating business, we know all the best contractors in the business, and we’ve got hundreds in our directory.

Simply type in your zip code, click “GO”, and select from a number of highly qualified air conditioning contractors in your area. Review their profiles and read reviews written by other homeowners. You’ll agree these contractors can do a great job, whether you need a simple AC service or a whole new installation.

We suggest you contact at least three contractors in your area to get personalized quotes. And don’t forget to use the information on , including the Quality Installation Checklist under how to qualify a contractor, to make sure you’re an expert on all things concerning your air conditioner. You’ll know the right questions to ask your technician and what to expect.

Find a Heating Contractor for Installation or Repair

Selecting the right contractor to replace or service your furnace or heating system is important. Experts agree that proper installation and maintenance of your furnace or heater can increase overall home comfort, while reducing utility bills. With more than 30 years in the consumer financing and heating business, knows the best heating contractors, and we’ve got hundreds in our directory.

Let’s get started! Just enter your zip code and click Go. You’ll find a number of highly qualified contractors in your area. Look over their profiles and read reviews other homeowners have written. You’ll agree these heating professionals can do a great job servicing or installing your furnace or heating system. recommends you contact at least three contractors in your area to get personalized quotes. Use the information on , like the Quality Installation Checklist under how to qualify a contractor link, to make sure you’re an expert on all things concerning your heater. You’ll know the right questions to ask and what to expect.

How to Qualify a Contractor

Quality ContractorThe number 1 determinant of how well your new system will perform is how well it’s installed. This means finding the right contractor for the job is essential. Luckily you’ve found ! A search of our directory will result in contractors that we have screened and prequalified. In fact, we’ve been doing business with many of these contractors for years and years and agree that they are highly qualified by

But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help identify a good contractor. Again, we can’t say this enough, a quality installation is essential for your new system. Take your time, use the resources of and make sure you feel comfortable with your decisions.

Any contractor you use should have the proper licenses.

  • has you covered on this one – all the contractors in our directory have the appropriate state and/or city licenses to perform your home improvement project work in their localities.

Review profile pages of the contractors you’re considering. Check for things like

  • Reviews of other homeowners who have used these contractors.
  • How long the contractor has been in business.
  • What national trade associations they are members of.
  • Whether they offer 24 hour service
  • Whether they offer maintenance agreements and/or extended warranties

These profile pages are a good start, but don’t be shy, ask a lot of questions. Here are some good ones:

  • Do you have a refund policy if I am unsatisfied?
  • Does your team wear uniforms and identification badges?
  • Do you have a showroom nearby?

Here’s where it gets critical, identifying the best of the best. In discussions with the contractor tell him that (thanks to ) you’re a well informed consumer and that you…

  • insist that he performs a detailed inspection of you home.
  • insist he explains the benefits of high-efficiency products an materials  and how it can impact your monthly energy bills.
  • insist he shows you options to improve your home’s value and over all appearance.
  • insist he determines if your home requires more insulation
  • Good contractors should have no problem with any of these items, and setting these standards upfront will help ensure that your contractor will perform a high-quality job.

Whether you are looking for a contractor to replace an old system, make repairs or perform routine maintenance, taking time now can avoid costly mistakes later. 

More Things You Should Know

  • Contractor may need licenses, depending on your state or local requirements. Be sure to ask any contractor about their training, experience, and member associations.
  • EPA certifications are required to handle refrigerant in cooling systems. This means that ownership of refrigerant recovery equipment is a must. Ask your contractor to verify his certificate. If your home improvement project is air conditioning or heating furnace system.
  • Call the state and the Better Business Bureau to find out if there have been any complaints against them. Check the contractor’s record, their performance, and get a list of their past projects to look at their work. Ask for a list of references and call them about the contractor’s performance. Ask specific questions: What work was done? Did they start and finish the project as promised? Did they arrive on time and clean the job site daily? Was their work continuous throughout the project or sporadic?
  • Ask for verification of a Certificate of Insurance then call the insurance company to confirm the certificate is valid. Understand that it’s your responsibility for workers on your property Know that the contractor is insured.
  • A written contract or proposal is a must! Always obtain one before allowing any contractor in to install anything. Ask about warranties and financing. Remember, the lowest bid may not be your best choice. A slightly higher bid may get you more in the long run with better equipment and service. Ensure the equipment and service best meets your needs by carefully evaluating the contractor’s proposal.
  • By now your list of potential contractors should contain only qualified reliable contractors. Now it’s time to compare prices. Again look for the best value, not the lowest price. Have the potential contractors look at the job and give them a firm, but reasonable deadline for submitting the bid to you. You should discuss any optional items, such as a programmable thermostat or high efficiency filters at this time. Once all the bids are in, look at them all together. They should all be in a similar price range.
  • Review the bids carefully, not just the bottom line. Look over them very carefully. Any bid that seems way out of line may not very well be. A bid which is much higher than the rest could mean that this particular contractor picked up on something that the others missed. Possibly something necessary to bring the project up to code. Now, look at any that are much lower than the rest. Be particularly cautious of these. Why does this one cost less? Are they using inferior materials or just lower prices? Don’t be afraid to call the contractor and ask any questions that you have about his bid.
  • Keep in mind that selecting the best bid is all about tradeoffs. You will want to select the bid that is the best tradeoff between price and quality of work.

Once you’ve made your selection, it is time to actually hire the contractor.
Get a Contract
If the contractor is to do a substantial amount of work, such as installing new roof, adding an addition onto your home, or central air and heat into an older home, or completely replacing a current system, you will want to have a contract. You may want to consult your own attorney to look at a contract, but we can give you a few pointers:

  1. Be certain the contract specifies everything that you and the contractor have agreed to: work to be done, time of completion, materials to be used, etc. A contract specifying everything will protect you legally and help you to avoid any misunderstanding with your contractor.
  2. Any changes to the contract should be in writing.
  3. The price in the contract should be the same price as specified on the bid. Know how much money is due so will give your contractor a purchase order to complete the work to be done, and we only pay the contractor once the work has been completed and you are completely satisfied.
  4. Has replacing your roof, window and doors, adding additional space or  replacing your AC or Furnace been made affordable? Most of the time the expense of replacing a major comfort system such as your air conditioner is not planned. makes it affordable we have different options to fit into your budget.
  5. From a low monthly payment option or a no interest promotion installment loan credit line, to a fixed payment fixed interest loan. There are many easy ways to finance your purchase. Learn from our experts about the loan finance package that is right for you.


Installation expertise and experience you can trust — exclusively from an Xpress Financial Local Certified Contractor

The best performing window or door is only as good as its installation. Xpress Financial Contractors have been replacing windows and doors for more than 85 years. Your project will be completed by local installation professionals. We have experience Window and Door loans that fit all types of budgets, with a Low monthly payment you will be able to put windows and doors into the architectural styles of homes in your area.

You can enjoy more peace of mind because Xpress Financial stands behind our contractors work and our contractors provide with an exclusive installation warranty that’s one of the best in the industry.

When you choose professional installation by a Xpress Financial Certified Contractor, you get:
Professional measuring
The right fit is critical to the operational performance and energy efficiency of your windows and doors. Measuring your openings is an exact science, so let your local professionals do it for you.

Removing of your old windows and doors
This must be done carefully to avoid damage to your home’s walls.
Ensuring a weathertight fit
Your professional installers will:

  • Ensure your new window or door is plumb, level and square in the opening.
  • Install insulation between your window and wall if needed.
  • Make sure your new window or door is sealed to the wall to prevent air and water from entering your home and causing damage.
  • Use Xpress Financial recommended Contractor your window and door installation methods to ensure maximum performance.

Cleaning up
When Xpress Financial Certified Contractor has finished installing your new windows and doors, they clean the work area and clear away all debris. They also haul away your old windows and doors.

Designing with light

Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom or adding living space to your home, you’ll want to maximize your natural light, ventilation and safety. The right windows and doors can help you do all that.

Expand your horizons
Bay and bow windows are affordable ways to add livable space to any room. The area in front of the windows can be used as extra floor space for furniture.

  • Add a window seat to create a cozy seating area or a place to display books and decorative objects. Hint: Put a hinge on the top of your window seat and use the space below for storage.
  • Replace old “picture” windows with a bay or bow window. You’ll not only add square footage to your home — you’ll enjoy more light and view.
  • Use taller windows or add transom windows for additional light. This will also help make your room feel larger.

Add a generous helping of charm
Bow windows are ideal in the kitchen or dining room. Add a banquette — or built-in bench — in the shape of the bow to create a cozy eating area and more storage.

Maximize your view
Wherever you add new windows, consider designing them with grilles only on the top half. This way, you can still get the divided-light look you want, without blocking your view.

Follow the sun

  • For maximum daylight all day, add windows — or a pair of French doors — on the north side of the room.
  • Don’t be afraid of windows on the south side of a home. Today’s Low-E (low-emissivity) glass coatings reflect the sun’s heating rays away from your house.

Create a focal point
Special Shape windows are an easy way to add architectural interest to your room and highlight other features of your home.

  • Flank a fireplace with quarter-circle windows.
  • Add a circlehead transom window over a patio or entry door.
  • Use one perfect circle window as a simple design accent.

Finish your basement
If you’re considering a basement renovation, you’ll need to add an egress window to create an easily accessible exit in case of fire. Egress windows are not only important for safety, they add extra light to your normally dark basement space — making it more pleasant and comfortable.

An egress window is larger than a common basement window. Consult with your local building code experts or make sure your contractor is familiar with your local building code requirements for egress.

Become an Certified Contractor

3 Step Customized Finance Program

  • Step 1
    Complete and fax both sections of the Dealer Enrollment and Agreement Forms to 866-922-2450.


    • Step 2
      An account representative from will contact your office to customize a finance program that fits your office needs.
    • Step 3
      Upon return receipt of your agreement, we will:

      • Send your office attractive marketing materials
      • Provide a banner for your website

    Your customers deserve the excellent customer service always provides.

    The Essentials offers finance programs designed to specifically meet the unique needs of dealer/contractors. provides:

    • Attractive banner ads linking A/C Home Comfort financing to your website
    • Customers the ability to confidentially pre-qualify for financing
    • Contractor offices with three styles of attractive Home Comfort Financing applications in Spanish and English
    • Acrylic stands for prominent office placement/ Brochures for in house sale presentations
    • Contractors with indispensable marketing and customer referral programs designed to increase customer A/C installation volume.
    • The contractors office with an easy to follow Reference Guide, which includes 3 basic steps for financing and a monthly chart of estimated payments

    Unsecured Home Improvement Financing includes:

    • Loan amounts from $1000 to $50,000
    • Loan terms up to 180 months (O.A.C.)
    • Installment Lines with payments low monthly payments
    • Fixed Interest rates from 9.99%- 17.99% (O.A.C.)
    • No prepayment penalty
    • Fast, confidential application process at no charge
    • Deferred No interest programs 6 and 12 months
    • Highest approval rates nationwide
    • Loan programs for multiple levels of credit
    • Loan programs for multiple levels of credit

    Highest Approval Rates

    With you’ll attract more customers, and approvals.

    • Financing for A thru C credit
    • All qualified Co-signers accepted
    • A Simple and fast three-page contract with no income and employment verification required.

    Broad Spectrum of Interest Rates provides an extensive array of loan options with:

    • Lowest interest rates from 9.9% on (Full Loan Term)
    • Broadest interest rates ranging from 9.9%-19.9%
    • The only exclusive 90 or 180 day deferred payment programs for customers provides not just the lowest, but the broadest range of interest rates allowing all customers the highest chance for loan approval.

    Flexible Value Added Services assists your business with:

    • Competitive discount rates to Dealer/Contractors
    • NO sign-up fees, annual fees or equipment to purchase
    • 3 Types of Consumer Finance Programs to choose from
    • No additional work for your staff
    • Eliminating awkward financial discussions with customers
    • Loan applications through our secure online automated system, telephone or fax

    Our courteous and professional loan consultants carefully review each loan application to ensure the highest chance for loan approval. Our credit decisions are quick and are usually completed within 5 to 15 minutes.