Paying attention to certifications when you’re shopping for HVAC services can help you make the best choice among the consultants you’re considering. Read on for more information about what these certifications mean.
Why Certifications Matter
Certifications listed on a company’s website are a way of proclaiming the company’s professionalism. Affiliations with professional organizations show that the company keeps up with industry trends and maintains professional standards. Such certifications and memberships are a sign that a company is well established and reputable.
HVAC Certifications and Memberships
Among the certifications and memberships that count most when you’re looking for an HVAC technician are as follows:
- NATE. NATE, which stands for North American Technician Excellence, is a non-profit organization for HVAC technicians. NATE conducts rigorous testing of the candidate’s HVAC knowledge base before issuing certifications. A company that boasts NATE-certified technicians demonstrates that it is serious about promoting public confidence in its workmanship.
- ACCA. Membership in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America is for professional contractors. ACCA provides members with information that helps them stay abreast of important developments in the HVAC industry. The organization also lobbies for HVAC contractors in Washington.
- Better Business Bureau. BBB accreditation means a business has made good faith efforts to resolve any complaints. The BBB receives fees from businesses that they monitor for compliance with their standards and for accreditation reviews. Accreditation doesn’t signify that the BBB endorses a business’s services.
- State licensing. Texas requires HVAC contractors to be licensed. A license ensures that a contractor is complying with state procedures and standards. A prospective customer can call up the contractor’s licensing number to see if it is current and determine if there are any judgments against the contractor. To be licensed, a contractor generally must provide insurance for property damages and injuries that might occur during a job. Licensing also guarantees that the contractor can be bonded, a procedure where money is set aside in a prepaid bank account, in case a job is not properly completed.
For more information on HVAC certifications, contact Beyer Boys of San Antonio.
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