Not long after my partner and I began the building process for our modern home, every one of us realized our general corporation knew really nothing about plumbing, electric or HVAC. While he was super knowledgeable about the design, framing and actual build of the home, he couldn’t answer any of my questions about the essential systems; Since the water pipes, drainage, power, heating and cooling are vital and directly impact our budget, I didn’t want to live with mistakes. Every one of us needed to make sure the electrical wires would meet code, and the water pipes wouldn’t corrode or leak. Every one of us hoped to have the temperature control located in the right spot and the furnace and air conditioning system sized to deliver ideal comfort and peak energy efficiency. One of my largest problems was the integrity of the duct system. I’d learn horror stories about the problems and expense resulting from poorly designed and implemented ductwork. I checked around and found a local corporation that combines licensed electricians, plumbers and HVAC specialists. With a single phone call I had access to licensed and certified professionals who could job with my general corporation and make sure all system were installed respectfully and in a timely fashion. These corporations consulted with my partner and I to determine our budget and expectations for the various systems. They helped us choose everything from the furnace and air conditioning system to the faucets and overhead light fixtures. Every one of us relied heavily on their knowledge, and took their recommendations for make and model of furnace, air conditioning system, and water heater. Along with the upgrade of the various appliances and systems, these corporation also guided us through the warranty requirements and familiarized us with operation.