The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry sure does like to use loads of acronyms. You may be familiar with some of them, such as SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating), AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), and IAQ (indoor air quality).
The acronyms to pay special attention to when you’re searching for a reputable HVAC technician for service, repair, installation, design or home-efficiency evaluations are NATE, HERS, and IGSHPA. Here’s why:
Valued HVAC Certifications
- NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE is considered the HVAC industry’s gold standard for measuring and certifying technician competency in HVAC applications. NATE is not a school or organizational membership. It’s a nonprofit testing body that qualifies techs in general HVAC knowledge and in one or more specialty areas.
- HERS stands for home energy rating system. HERS is the standard across the country for measuring a home’s efficiency. To become a certified HERS rater, an individual must successfully complete training by a Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) accredited rater-training organization.
- IGSHPA stands for International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. Accredited IGSHPA installers have been trained by the leading organization in the country for geothermal heat pump installation.
Benefits of Hiring Certified HVAC Technicians
HVAC technicians and contractors who have earned these certifications and accreditations have worked hard and take their trade seriously. These technicians are highly skilled in past and current HVAC and “green” technologies, which benefits you when you need HVAC services. Following are just a few of the benefits of hiring certified and accredited technicians:
- You’ll receive impeccable and professional customer service from a true professional.
- Your technician uses industry-standard best practices for system sizing, installation, and testing.
- The HERS index is endorsed and utilized by the U.S. Department of Energy “DOE Challenge Home” program.
- If you are installing a geothermal heat pump for your southwest Oklahoma home or business, your IGSHPA-accredited technician will have been trained by the most respected ground-source heat pump training organization in the country.
When you need a certified technician for HVAC service, repair, or installation in your southwest Oklahoma home, contact Davis Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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