Considering what’s at stake when you hire a heating contractor, it’s a good idea to check their credentials and qualifications before you hire them. Home heating and cooling systems are complex and expensive, and your home comfort and energy bills depend on their performance.
In Florida, all HVAC contractors must have valid license, along with insurance and bonding. Technicians must complete an accredited program and pass an exam to get the license.
Many HVAC manufacturers won’t honor the warranty if an unlicensed contractor installs or services their equipment, so before you choose one for a new installation, make sure their licenses are valid and active. The insurance and bonding protects you from any financial damages as a result of accidents or contractor defaults.
A contractor who has NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification is a member of the most prestigious organization in the HVAC industry. NATE is a nonprofit group devoted to singling out the best technicians in the industry.
They administer rigorous tests that cover the many aspects of the HVAC industry and require continuing education and testing to keep the certification active. When you hire a NATE contractor, you’ll be using the highest skilled and knowledgeable technicians in the field.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America provides their members with the state-of-the art developments and resources in the HVAC industry.
The Building Performance Institute certifies contractors who have demonstrated expertise in the HVAC fields, as well as remodeling and retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency.
The Better Business Bureau rates companies based on their local reputations and performance with their customers. They use a rating system from A+ to F. The BBB is an objective and trusted rating system to use to find a reputable heating contractor.
Using a heating contractor who is licensed and recognized by professional HVAC organizations will help your equipment operate with top efficiency and dependability. For more information, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions, providing NATE-, ACCA- and BPI-certified HVAC services for Orlando-area homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).