Certifications A Heating & Air Technician Should Have
When selecting the right heating and air technician for your home, it’s important to consider what sort of qualifications you want the professionals to have. Ultimately, it’s up to you which team you select, but it helps to know what certifications are ideal.
Certifications and Background
From the beginning of your research, it’s helpful if the contractor that you choose is honest and open about what their certifications are, as well as what their background is. Some certifications that we ensure to have are:
- NATE Certification – This stands for the North American Technician Excellence certification. This means that the technician has a respect for his or her industry, ensuring they have met the requirements to be an excellent technician.
- EPA Certification – This certification addresses the need for environment-friendly technicians. Seeking out an EPA certification shows you that the contractor has a motivation beyond just making money.
- RMGA Certification – This regional certification shows that the technician or contractor you go with respects the regional community of heating and air companies. This certification stands for the Rocky Mountain Gas Association.
Beyond these certifications, it also says a lot if the contractor has a background in the science of HVAC systems. Here at Western, for example, our owner has a degree in construction and supplements this with a contractor’s license. In essence, this education doesn’t just mean he can do the job, but it means he cares about how he performs while on the job.
Although not necessary, it is still crucial to check with organizations the technician you choose belongs to. Make sure that they are members of the Better Business Bureau (the BBB) and are in good standing on that platform. It can set them apart tremendously if their customer reviews with BBB speak highly of them.
The fact of the matter is, don’t hire anyone that lacks in experience, lacks the certification, or has bad reviews. Hire instead a company that is well-respected in your community: go with Western Heating & Air Conditioning for your HVAC needs!