Finding the right HVAC contractor is one of the best ways to ensure that your heating and cooling system operates at peak efficiency for the longest time possible. A certified technician is an invaluable resource, and the person you’ll count on to keep you and your family comfortable in your home. In our Home Comfort Solutions Guide, we talk about choosing an HVAC contractor. A qualified technician is your home comfort partner, and you’ll need to count on him or her to keep your system running efficiently as well as take care of any repairs.
When choosing an HVAC contractor, qualifications are a key factor. Look for a level of expertise that goes beyond the bare minimum. Your contractor should be fully licensed and have experience. He or she should be a member of industry organizations that set standards for licensing and best practices.
In addition, there are many third-party certifications that HVAC technicians can earn. In our Guide, we mention the NATE certification. This is one of most prestigious in the industry, and the only one accepted by the entire HVAC industry. We’re proud of the fact that our technicians are NATE certified. But, what does this designation mean for the average homeowner on Long Island?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It’s a third-party program that qualifies techs as experts in residential HVAC and light commercial and commercial refrigeration. For homeowners, this certification means that your tech has achieved a level of technical excellence above and beyond what is required, and can be relied upon to install and service HVAC systems properly.
NATE is a voluntary program. It is designed to ensure that qualifying technicians have a core set of competencies and can be trusted by the homeowners who hire them.
Manufacturers and distributors of HVAC equipment endorse NATE certification because it encourages proper installation and service of equipment, which ultimately means fewer service calls and warranty returns later on. Other advantages for homeowners and the HVAC industry include:
- Certified techs stay in the industry longer and are more productive than non-certified techs.
- NATE provides a uniform standard of knowledge that trainers can use to prepare the future HVAC workforce.
- Properly trained and tested technicians can assure the correct installation and servicing of HVAC equipment, which saves homeowners on their energy bills over time.
NATE certified technicians will size and install your system so that it operates at peak efficiency, saving you money and energy. This is significant because, according to www.energystar.gov, improper installation of your HVACR equipment can reduce its efficiency by up to 30 percent! This means higher utility bills and a shorter life for your equipment.
The NATE program is challenging, and the pass rate is relatively low, so certification is meaningful for both technicians and the homeowners who hire them. We believe in the program and feel that you should too. Ask us about the NATE certification and how it helps ensure that you get the highest quality service for your heating and cooling system.
T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, please download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.