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NATE Certification: Why It’s Worth the Effort to Find an HVAC Tech With This Designation

In every industry, there are those professionals who stand out among all others—and they are the people you want on your team. In the legal profession, you want to have attorneys representing you who are called Super Lawyers. In the National Football League, you want players on your team who are called All Pros. In the heating and cooling industry, the best of the best are NATE certified.

NATE is an acronym for North American Technician Excellence, an organization that works to identify the best of the best in HVAC technicians. NATE tests technicians’ knowledge and skill. Only those who rise to the highest levels achieve NATE certification, and these are the HVAC professionals you want on your team. Here's why...

Extensive Knowledge

Technicians who are NATE certified have deep, extensive knowledge about HVAC systems that go beyond what could be considered common knowledge within the industry—and they have the test scores to prove it.

The NATE certification test isn’t easy. It’s an extensive knowledge-based test that goes well beyond the core parts and components of HVAC systems. It includes specialty areas including heat pumps, air conditioning, air distribution and oil and gas heat.

Your home’s HVAC system is complicated. To ensure it’s running properly, you need a technician that understands mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluids. You need a NATE certified technician.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are nearly 300,000 HVAC technicians currently working in the country. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to finding someone to service your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner.

But with so many options, how can you be sure the technician you hire will get the job done right the first time? After all, it can be difficult to figure out who represents the best of the best. But all you need to do is educate yourself, and then look for one who is NATE certified.

In and of itself, NATE certification is just a credential (albeit an impressive credential). But when you combine it with the rigor of the test the technicians must pass (with a high score) and the feedback from customers who have worked with NATE certified technicians in the past, it's clear that NATE certification is synonymous with high quality.

You already know that the NATE certification test isn’t easy. But you probably didn’t know that a recent survey conducted by Decision Analyst and published in Contracting Business magazine revealed that 87 percent of people in need of HVAC service prefer technicians who are NATE certified over those who are not. That speaks to the benefits that NATE certified technicians deliver.


Why do homeowners prefer working with NATE certified technicians by such a wide margin? Seven reasons:

  • Technicians who are NATE certified have a reputation for delivering service that is fast and efficient. Technicians who care enough to become NATE certified tend to put their customers first.
  • Jobs get done right the first time. There isn’t too much that technicians who have achieved NATE certification have not seen, so they tend to get it right the first time.
  • You get straight answers. If a technician isn’t fully prepared to fix a problem, he or she probably isn't prepared to answer your questions, either. With NATE-certified technicians, you can trust that you're getting solid advice and answers—because they know the answers.
  • Efficiency. If your technician has a deep understanding of how each part of your HVAC system works together, there’s a greater chance that your technician will be able to ensure that each part of your system works together as efficiently as possible.
  • Money. HVAC systems that are running efficiently—and those that are properly installed and maintained—use less energy, which saves you money on your monthly bills.
  • Fewer callbacks. Callbacks are frustrating and costly. When the job gets done right the first time, they are also unnecessary.
  • Peace of mind. You can rest assured that you’ve received the best possible service.

Yes, you want the best of the best on your side. And when it comes to your HVAC system, that means working with a technician who is NATE certified. If you need assistance with your HVAC system and want to work with the best, contact us today to connect with a NATE-certified HVAC expert in West Texas.

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