When reading through ads in the yellow pages for HVAC companies that service homes in your area, you have probably noticed the phrase “NATE certified technicians”. What does NATE certified mean? North American Technicians Excellence (NATE) is a program that promotes and develops excellence in installing and servicing heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration equipment through the voluntary testing and certification of the technicians who service this equipment.
NATE certified technicians hold one of the most prestigious of all the certifications possible in the HVAC industry. It is a voluntary system, so technicians who study and take the test are committed to being the best technicians they can be in their field. The testing is challenging and the pass rate is relatively low, so achieving this certification is meaningful. HVAC company employers know that surveys indicate NATE certified technicians are more productive than those without the certification and also stay in the industry longer as a career.
What is NATE certification? This third party program qualifies HVAC technicians as experts in not only residential HVAC work but also light commercial plus commercial refrigeration. The NATE program has broad support from many in the HVAC industry including manufacturers, distributors, contractors, builders and utility companies. People in the industry are aware that improper installation of an HVAC unit may cut up to 30 percent off its overall efficiency (www.energystar.gov) and assuring that units are installed by competent, knowledgeable technicians eliminates this problem.
What does this certification mean for homeowners? NATE certification means that your HVAC technician has achieved a level of technical expertise and knowledge over and above what is required to be hired for the usual HVAC technician’s job. When a NATE certified tech comes to service your system, you can rely on him or her to know exactly how to service, repair or install HVAC systems properly. Manufacturers endorse these technicians because it means fewer service calls for their equipment and fewer warranty returns for problems caused by improper installation or repair.
You can call a HVAC service company that employs NATE certified technicians with the confidence that your home’s unit will be in good hands. As summer begins, make an appointment to have a maintenance inspection completed on your home’s HVAC unit before hot weather puts it through its paces. Be sure to run your ceiling fans this summer to assist your air conditioner in cooling your home and save some money on your energy bills.
Americans spend billions of dollars each year on the cost of electricity. The cost of air conditioning, according to the U. S, Department of Energy, accounts for at least 15 percent of the energy use in many of our homes and may even reach as high as 70 percent in hot climates. If homeowners want to lower their electricity bills in the summer, ways to achieve energy efficiency throughout the home, especially with air conditioning, must be sought.
Central air conditioning, according to a report in the New York Times, costs homeowners around $130 monthly. Window air conditioners cost around $50 monthly. These are not the only methods available for cooling in the home. Ceiling fans are popular in tropical and temperate climates. In fact, they often are all that are needed to cool homes for the entire summer in such areas. One ceiling fan costs only $1.20 monthly. The A/C money saving available through the use of ceiling fans is enormous.
Many of us live in areas too hot to have our homes cooled comfortably enough by ceiling fans alone. Ceiling fans used in partnership with air conditioning can still provide significant savings on Home Energy Costs just the same. Most people can be quite comfortable with the thermostat set on 78°F to 80°F, and you achieve more energy savings for every degree above 78°F. If that feels too warm, do not change it yet. Turn on your ceiling fans. The drafts they create work to cool your skin through evaporation on its surface and cool you by three to five degrees. Now you feel as cool as you would if the thermostat was set on 73°F.
The cost of operating a ceiling fan for one hour is one penny. With the reduction in energy use from your A/C unit and the tiny cost of the fan, you will save a great deal on your electric bill for the summer. This makes a great start to any energy efficiency plan. Installing high efficiency air conditioning if you have an older, less effective system is another. To complete compiling a Summer Energy Savings Plan, there are hundreds of tips available on the Internet for ways to save energy around the home.
Remember to Change Your Air Filter Regularly
It is very important for you to make sure that you change your air filter on a regular basis because that will keep the air inside your home clean. It is estimated that Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the air inside of homes is 70 percent more polluted than the air outdoors. Poor air quality is one of the most common public health risks.
You should not wait until the air filter is dirty to change it. You should check your air filter’s condition on a regular basis. Your system is working harder during the winter and summer months, which is why changing the air filter is very important. Your HVAC system will have to put in more effort to heat and cool your home if the filter is dirty.
A clogged air filter will not only cause your system to work harder, but it can also cause it to perform less efficiency. Additionally, your system’s lifespan will be shortened if it is has to work harder. There are several ways that you can benefit from changing the air filter.
Below are some of those benefits:
Improved Indoor Air Quality
There are many types of filters, but they all work in a very similar way. The HVAC system’s filter is responsible for keeping your home free of mold, dust, pollen, allergens and other toxins. Your air will be cleaner if you change the air filter regularly.
Realize Home Energy Savings
A dirty air filter will cause the HVAC system to work harder. Your system will use more energy and work less efficiently. This means that you will be spending a lot more on your electric bill. On the other hand, a clean air filter will help reduce your electric bill.
Increase The Longevity Of Your System
Did you know that neglect and dirt are the main things that cause a heating and cooling system to fail? Clean filters help prevent dirt and dust from building up inside of your system. This will help your system last for a longer period of time.
Better For The Environment
Again, your system has to work harder to heat or cool your home if it does not have a clean air filter. This will also cause more greenhouse gases and toxins to be released into the environment.
See your manufacturer if you want specific recommendations for replacing or cleaning the air filter. Maintaining a pure air filter will help save you money on repairs and help your HVAC system last a lot longer.