Keeping your home and family warm and toasty during the long, cold winter months is a priority, and one that you take seriously. There are many different things that could go wrong if your heating contractor isn’t as familiar with your system as they need to be, or if they don’t follow the very latest standards as they perform service on your heating unit. That’s why it is incredibly important that the contractor you choose to work on your home’s HVAC system is NATE certified.
What is NATE Certification?
Across the country, there are around 20,000 technicians with NATE certification, which sounds like a lot until you realize that only around half of the technicians who take the test attain certification. NATE stands for “North American Technician Excellence.” If a heating technician is NATE certified, it means that your technician has passed a rigorous aptitude exam that is extended to include either installation or service. The topics covered include science, temperature, humidity, safety, tools and electrical components. There is also a wide range of specialty exams around heat pumps, gas or oil heating and hydraulics, air distribution and commercial refrigeration.
Right the First Time
Just as you want accreditation on the team or individual paying your taxes or doing your financial planning, having a NATE-certified HVAC contractor assures you that you are getting the best service from someone who meets rigid quality standards set by a national organization. NATE-certified technicians can not only solve the problem you are currently experiencing, but they have the high-level comprehension and understanding of your HVAC system as a whole to diagnose issues that might be coming down the road. These proactive measures can sometimes save you hundreds on your heating bill each year, or save you from a nasty shock by giving you a chance to save up and replace a heating part before it fails rather than waiting until an emergency.
Choosing an HVAC Contractor
Knowing who to call when you are having a problem with your heating system can be difficult. However, when you know that your contractor has NATE certification, you know that they have made a decision to focus on excellence and lifelong education. NATE certification must be renewed every five years, so you know that the contractors working on your project are staying active in their respective fields. This particular certification is recognized throughout the entire HVAC industry, from utilities, manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors, as well as major industry organizations like ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), who helped develop the tests.
When you utilize a NATE-certified contractor, you are getting the best quality, most knowledgeable individual to help with your home heating and cooling needs. Buckeye Heating & Cooling is your source for NATE-certified heating professionals and quality HVAC work. Call today for an estimate.