NATE Certification: A Good Indicator of a Great Technician

NATE Certification: A Good Indicator of a Great TechnicianThe performance of your heating and cooling system will only be as good as the installation and maintenance techniques used by your technician. That’s why you can’t leave things to chance when picking a contractor. NATE certification is one of the best indicators of a skilled and knowledgeable HVAC professional.

What is NATE Certification?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It’s the nation’s largest certification organization for HVAC technicians. Since its founding in 1997, NATE has certified over 32,000 professional technicians. Its certification program is supported by the entire HVAC industry.

NATE-certified technicians demonstrate their knowledge of the modern, sophisticated HVAC systems by passing a general knowledge test and one or more specialty tests.

The areas tested in the general knowledge test include:

  • Tools
  • Safety
  • Basic construction
  • Using basic science
  • Taking temperature and humidity measurements
  • Achieving desired conditions
  • Basic electrical

The specialty areas tested include:

  • HVAC efficiency
  • Air conditioning
  • Air distribution
  • Gas heating
  • Oil heating
  • Heat pumps
  • Commercial refrigeration
  • Hydronics gas
  • Hydronics oil

What to Expect from a NATE-Certified Contractor

A NATE-certified professional follows certain established standards and guidelines to get the job done right the first time. This decreases the need for future callbacks. According to surveys, NATE-certified technicians have about 13 percent fewer callbacks than non-certified technicians.

Improper installation and maintenance of HVAC equipment can result in energy losses, allergen infiltration and even carbon monoxide poisoning. A certified technician has a proven level of competence in HVAC installation, repair, maintenance, safety, and energy efficiency. When you use such a technician, you’ll enjoy optimal product performance, improved air quality, lower utility bills, and greater home comfort.

Hiring a NATE-certified technician gives you greater peace of mind knowing your HVAC system is in good hands. To learn more about NATE certification, please contact us at Cool Power. Our NATE-certified technicians have the tools and know-how to address all your home comfort needs in the Long Island area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about NATE certifications and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.

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