Monday, June 17, 2013

The Importance of Choosing a NATE-Certified HVAC Contractor

Choosing a contractor with North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification is an easy way to take the guesswork out of hiring an HVAC professional. The NATE program is an industry initiative designed to give consumers a reliable way to find HVAC contractors with elite training and skills. It is an optional designation that goes above and beyond regular technician licensing requirements, providing training and testing programs that raise the bar of excellence to an even higher level.

The NATE program was established in 1997, and it has grown to become the largest independent credentialing organization in the American HVAC industry. HVAC professionals can only earn NATE certification by completing rigorous, demanding examinations which test their knowledge of both core and advanced-level concepts in system design, maintenance, and repair. To maintain their certification, technicians must also complete 60 hours of continuing education in their chosen specialization and be reexamined every five years.

When you choose a NATE-certified contractor, you’ll benefit in several important ways. First, and most importantly, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing the job will be done right the first time. You will also enjoy improved performance from your home heating and cooling equipment, because NATE-certified contractors use cutting-edge techniques to ensure your system runs at peak efficiency. This is a two-part advantage: first, it extends the life of your HVAC equipment, helping you avoid costly repairs and delaying the need for system replacement. Second, it helps keep your home heating and cooling costs in check, as equipment optimized for efficiency uses less energy, and that translates into savings on burgeoning energy bills.

Additional NATE certification benefits include: 

  • Improved safety. NATE-certified technicians apply their expertise to safely eliminate dangerous combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide from your home. They also ensure all necessary electrical connections are safe and secure. 
  • Better indoor air quality. By leveraging their comprehensive knowledge of air balance, air infiltration and ductwork, NATE-certified professionals help keep your indoor air clean and healthy. 
  • Boosted system performance. NATE-certified system installations provide even levels of heating and cooling throughout your home, and help your HVAC equipment perform at peak manufacturer specifications. 

We at Main Street Heating & Cooling are proud participants in the NATE program, and we’re proud to offer our elite expertise to valued customers throughout the Salt Lake City area. We’re here to meet all your home comfort needs, and we provide prompt, value-added service at highly competitive rates. Contact us this summer for cooling repairs, high-efficiency system replacements and routine maintenance plans!