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Why NATE and EPA Certifications Are Important in HVAC

Initial AC installation is one of the greatest factors in how well your air conditioner operates over its lifespan. It’s a single day out of more than a decade, but it can make or break your air conditioner’s potential. That’s why you want to make sure your AC installation technicians have the proper certifications to complete the job the right way.

Our team has both NATE and EPA certifications, meaning they’re the among highest-qualified technicians when it comes to air conditioning service in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Wondering what exactly these certifications mean? Keep reading to learn more about why you want to hire highly qualified HVAC technicians for everything from installation to service. 

What is a NATE Certification? 

A NATE certification is an acronym that is short for North American Technician Excellence. It’s offered by a nonprofit certification organization designed to ensure technicians located in North America are verifiable as certified HVAC technicians. It holds technicians to a higher standard and offers consumers the peace of mind that they’re working with a skilled individual.

Almost anyone can go to school and earn certifications to work on HVAC systems. The NATE certification is the next step in education. Earning the certification means studying and passing a series of exams that prove a person knows how to install and service air conditioners.

Plus, NATE-certified technicians must continue their education over the course of their work years in order to maintain the certification. This is because heating and air conditioning technology changes rapidly, and it’s important to stay on top of the latest education. 

What is an EPA Certification?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a certification, too. In fact, this certification is a requirement for anyone who works on HVAC equipment employing the use of refrigerants.

Refrigerant is a potentially harmful chemical that has come a long way over the years. Decades ago refrigerant was very harmful to our earth’s ozone layer. The refrigerant of today is much better for the environment, but it’s still important to know how to handle the chemical.

If a technician doesn’t have an EPA certification, they shouldn’t be working on the HVAC equipment in your home. Not only is it illegal, but it’s also dangerous for your home and family. Handling refrigerant wrong can lead to AC damage and even health risks for you and your family. 

Hiring an Expert Technician

Our technicians have both NATE and EPA certifications. You can hire us with confidence knowing that we can handle all of your HVAC needs with expert skill. If we’re installing an air conditioner in your home, you’ll know the job is done right. Our technicians don’t rush to get a job done.

We take our time and pay close attention to the small details since we know that’s what will make the biggest difference for your AC over its lifespan. And we also take the same care when we visit your home for AC maintenance or repairs. 

Your comfort is our business. Contact our team today to schedule your appointment for AC service.

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