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When looking for a new HVAC system, homeowners do plenty of research on the equipment. Potential buyers research advanced features and energy efficient ratings, which are big selling points, differentiating one unit from another. 

Homeowners might even do a payback analysis to see how fast their new HVAC unit will pay for itself or work to approximate their total monthly energy costs based on the prospective unit’s energy efficiency.


All the above is really great to look at when shopping for a new system. However, one crucial element that could be overlooked is that the HVAC installer you pick is just as vital as the unit itself. Regardless how many exciting features your new heating and cooling come with, if you employ a subpar HVAC tech, those features won’t do you any good at all.

 As you look around for new heating and cooling unit, don’t forget to research a skilled HVAC contractor too. The one you pick will have a huge impact on the HVAC system you buy. Without quality installation, your new system won’t do the job you require.

Qualities of A Good HVAC Tech

Brand Experience

If you already know which brand you want to buy, you want to pick an installer with experience installing that equipment brand. Training and experience teach technicians the outs and ins specific to an equipment brand, letting them do correct installation every time.

Manufacturer training ensures the brand that the contractor is capable of correctly matching customers to the right HVAC unit for their residences as well as answer any questions the customer might have about the brand’s equipment.

NATE Certification

NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is the biggest non-profit organization that certifies technicians in the heating and cooling industry. NATE certification signifies that an HVAC contractor has the skill and knowledge to accurately install AC and heating equipment. 

To get NATE certification, an HVAC specialist has to pass NATE’s difficult exams, covering specific types of HVAC services and equipment. To get certification, techs must undergo continuous education every 24 months to develop their knowledge of the industry and remain current with the sector’s progressing technology, practices, and innovations.

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