Are you looking for an HVAC contractor? Do you know what an HVAC contractor does? HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Sometimes you will see it listed at HVAC/R — this adds “refrigeration” to the list of systems the contractor can install or repair.
When you have someone working on your HVAC system, you want someone with experience and training — in other words, someone who knows what they are doing. The best way to make sure that your HVAC contractor fits this description is to hire someone who has NATE certification.
NATE actually stands for North American Technician Excellence, a non-profit program founded in 1997. NATE is the only training and testing program supported by the entire HVAC industry. It was developed to establish a standard of knowledge, proficiency and professionalism in order to build customer trust. A contractor with NATE certification has proven that they know the HVAC business and will provide the best service possible.
NATE is supported by the HVAC industry, but do other people value the NATE certification designation? Yes.
- Contractors prefer NATE-certified technicians because they tend to be more productive than non-certified technicians; they have proven that they have superior knowledge; and they will get the job done right the first time.
- Local utility companies often require that their technicians obtain NATE certification. This helps keep their equipment running at peak capacity.
- HVAC equipment manufacturers prefer technicians with NATE certification in order to ensure proper installation, which reduces warranty returns and repair issues.
- And consumers prefer NATE certification because it gives them the confidence that their contractor knows the equipment and proper installation.
Want another reason to demand that your contractor have a NATE certification? The HVAC industry is constantly changing. There are always new restrictions, new standards, new requirements and new equipment that the contractor must know, so NATE certification must be renewed every five years.
Air Assurance in Broken Arrow, OK, was the first HVAC company in the United States to have all of its technicians NATE-certified. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff will be happy to answer your HVAC questions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.