Most homeowners know that scheduled HVAC maintenance contributes to efficiency, home comfort, and saving money on energy bills. Most homeowners might not know, however, that using a technician with the esteemed NATE certification to perform such maintenance provides top quality service.
The National American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization is a non-profit company established by the HVAC industry to act as a watchdog for competency, professionalism and service.
Did you know NATE certification means…
· That NATE technicians have chosen a specialty, either installation or service.
· Technicians must also choose a core certification: Residential, Light Commercial HVAC, or Refrigeration).
· Technicians adopt a focus area to further define their concentration: air conditioning, air distribution or heat pump, furnace (gas or oil), hydronics (gas or oil), or efficiency analyst.
· Once technicians receive certification, they must continue their education through continuing credits to maintain their status.
· Technicians are experts in their field.
· Testing covers working knowledge that technicians experience on a daily basis. This means that they are knowledgeable in how equipment typically functions, the problems that generally arise, and how to address those problems.
Maintenance for HVAC equipment is a serious matter. Your family depends on your systems to work right and work all the time. We’re also talking about expensive equipment that, handled incorrectly, can end up costing you thousands more in the hands of an inexperienced or unqualified technician. Even more serious is the fact that equipment using gas, oil or electricity as a fuel source can be highly dangerous. One wrong move could cause HVAC equipment to malfunction, not to mention lead to a fire, endangering your valuable home, memories, or, at its extreme, family members.
As you comparison shop around for an HVAC company to conduct regular maintenance for your heating and cooling systems, use this knowledge to choose a technician with NATE certification to get the most for your money. You deserve peace of mind, efficient equipment, and that extra money in your pocket. You deserve the best: a technician with NATE certification.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about NATE certification and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.