North American Technician Excellence


HVAC Tips for Homeowners

8/7/2019 1:58:09 PM

(StatePoint) Having a home cooling system that is working optimally is crucial to keeping your family comfortable. To ensure your air conditioner (AC) continues to function properly, here are some tips for your heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) units: Replace air filters. Ideally, homeowners should replace filters every three months (more often if you have pets) to ensure that air can flow efficiently. When air filters become clogged, your AC becomes less effective at lowering indoor temperatures. Additionally, prolonged use of a dirty or clogged air filter can prevent enough return air from entering and can damage the system. Keeping them clean can also lower your energy consumption by up to 15 percent, ultimately saving you money on energy bills. Check your outdoor unit. Your outdoor unit’s ability to pull in air affects its efficiency. At least twice a month, check for weeds, debris, and potential obstructions. Keep vegetation at least two feet away from the unit. Pay attention to your thermostat. Inspect your thermostat to ensure that it is running properly. If you are leaving the house, turn the thermostat down, but do not turn your system off. It is a common mistake for homeowners to think […]

When Temperatures Get High, Keep Your Bills Low

8/7/2019 1:51:58 PM

(StatePoint) Do higher temperatures have to mean higher energy bills? The answer is no. There are numerous ways to keep your home cool and bills low in summer. After a few months of disuse, it is vital to check that your air conditioning system is still working in an efficient and optimal manner. If you have a central air conditioning system, for peace of mind, you might want to have your system checked by an HVACR professional. In order to save, be sure to shop around for special deals, which are not difficult to find for seasonal preventive maintenance. Understand however, that the proficiency of HVACR technicians varies greatly. When searching for the right HVACR technician for your home, one way to make certain that the job will be done properly and effectively is by hiring a professional certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest certification body for HVACR technicians. NATE-certified technicians are qualified to properly install and service equipment, which means maximum home comfort and energy savings. Once a technician has inspected your system for efficiency, there are a number of things you can do to keep energy bills low: Clean your air filters. Check them […]

Is Your Heating System Ready for Cool Weather?

8/28/2018 3:16:17 PM

(StatePoint) Savvy homeowners know that with cool weather, comes a bit of preparation. A quick audit of your heating equipment can mean less wasted energy, a more comfortable home, and lower energy bills. Nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in U.S. homes never performs to its advertised capacity and efficiency due to incorrect installation, according to U.S. government estimates. And if you have an older system that was built before current efficiency standards, you could be spending more than needed on heating your home. If it’s time to replace your system, be sure to have it properly installed by an HVACR professional, certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest nonprofit certification body for HVACR technicians. NATE-certified technicians are skilled professionals who have proven their knowledge in the HVACR industry by passing specialized certification tests. “The NATE-certified techs who perform the maintenance and repairs do a great job. We never have concern if the job is done right,” says Rob Kirkpatrick a longstanding customer of Thermal Services, a Nebraska-based contractor. Beyond having an efficient heating system properly installed, you can prepare for the season in the following ways: Clean heating filters. Check them every couple of […]

Contractors and Technicians: Get Your NATE Up-to-Date

7/18/2018 12:41:09 PM

With busy season around the corner, NATE is urging our HVACR business managers and certified technicians to ensure that their NATE profile information, certifications and continuing education documents are up-to-date in myNATE. Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program members should pay particular attention to their roster of NATE-certified technicians, primary contact information, phone numbers and addresses listed on the NATE website. Registering to become a member of the C3 allows contractors to earn free customer leads through NATE’s Contractor Locator. Potential customers should have access to current business information. As a C3 program member, managers also have the ability to view and update technicians’ certification records. HVCAR contractors with NATE-certified technicians comprising at least 25 percent of their staff are encouraged to apply for the free C3 program. Please email for more information.

REES Scholarship Winners to Receive Free NATE Certificate Exams

7/18/2018 12:22:29 PM

NATE and the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation (REES) are partnering to set HVACR students on a clear path to career success. The partnership will allow all Rees Scholarship recipients to receive a NATE Ready-to-Work test and downloadable study guide, free of charge. The test and guide are normally $50. Earning a Ready-to-Work Certificate assures HVACR employers that the technician has fundamental knowledge and skills in the areas of component identification, tools, measurements, electrical safety, general safety and basic heat transfer. The Ready-to-Work Certificate test is available online and does not require a proctor, so it can be taken from any computer, anywhere, including at home. NATE is proud to offer testing for the HVACR competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, scheduled for June 25-29 in Louisville, KY. This year, the students who compete in the HVACR category will receive a free HVAC Support Technician Certificate test. The exam covers topics linked to the NATE professional level certifications, but at a more fundamental level, and provides career-focused technicians the chance to demonstrate the increased knowledge and skills needed to pursue NATE professional certification. Please email Misha Adams, program manager of workforce development at for […]

Registration is Open for NATE Testing at the AHR Expo

12/19/2017 1:26:49 PM

Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) will proctor NATE testing on Monday, January 22nd, from 1pm to 5pm in room S501 at the AHR Expo, in McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Separate registration is required through RSES. Those interested in testing should call or email Emlyn Bertsche at  847-759-4031 or The deadline for registration is January 12, 2018 and the cost per exam is $105.

NATE Honors HARDI Members at 2017 Annual Conference

12/18/2017 4:47:52 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (December 4, 2017) – At the 2017 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, NATE recognized seven HARDI member companies for their outstanding commitment to promoting NATE certification and building a skilled, capable HVACR workforce. Top Single Location Certifier for 2016, Mingledorff’s of Norcross, Georgia was once again recognized as the overall winner, with Johnstone Supply of Denver, Colorado receiving the Most Improved Certifier award. All 2017 awardees, listed below, will receive large banner signs, which they can display in their locations to recognize their accomplishments and drive interest in the NATE technician certification program among their customers. In addition, each will receive a cash prize to be used to celebrate with their staff. Winners by Region:  Top Certifier and Top Southeastern Region Certifier: Mingledorff’s of Norcross, Georgia Most Improved Certifier and the Top Central Region Certifier: Johnstone Supply, Denver, Colorado Top Great Lakes Region Certifier:  Refrigeration Sales Inc. (RSI), Valley View, Ohio Top Mid-Atlantic Region Certifier:  Standard Air & Lite Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Top Northeastern Region Certifier:  Johnstone Supply, White Plains, New York Top Southwestern Region Certifier:  Johnstone Supply, Albuquerque, New Mexico Top Western Region Certifier:  AIREFCO, Inc. Tualatin, Oregon “Because we […]

Text Message Alerts Coming Soon

8/9/2017 11:46:20 AM

In the coming weeks, NATE will utilize text messages to share renewal deadline reminders, promotional information and alerts. Simply ensure that your mobile number is the primary number listed in your myNATE account, and you can benefit from this free* service. The platform that NATE uses is a 100% opt-out service. Those who do not wish to receive messages can opt out at any time. Phone numbers and contact information will not be shared with other organizations, so those wishing to receive text alerts can be assured that their contact information is secure. To unsubscribe from the message alerts, simply text ‘STOP’ or contact NATE’s customer service team at 877-420-6283. *Message and data rates may apply in the U.S., and standard message and data rates apply in Canada.


6/2/2017 12:13:17 PM

Do you wear your NATE with pride? Then we’d love to see! Help NATE celebrate 20 years of certification excellence by sharing fun photos of yourself or fellow NATE-certified technicians wearing your NATE patches. We want to see you – out on the job, at the office, helping your customers, in a training class or whatever you see fit. Get creative and share your pics with us! Email with your name, phone number and photo for a chance to win cool prizes! Keep in mind that your first name and photo may be posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Stay tuned to, as well as our social media accounts using #CelebrateWithNATE, to celebrate with us all year long!

Certifications Help Techs Seal the Deal (ACHR News)

2/21/2017 1:58:41 PM

Much like educational degrees, HVAC certifications show proficiency and expertise. Like any profession, continuing education and training in the HVACR industry is a must. Many contractors see certifications as a way of just this. Read more at