Heating contractors have a major impact on the overall climate and temperatures within residential and commercial building structures. These contractors provide the installation, repair and upkeep services necessary to keep heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems operating in a beneficial manner. They also provide services for equipment such as boilers, furnaces, heat pumps, ductwork and thermostats used by these systems to maintain comfortable and healthy environments. There are some heating contractors that extend their training and expertise to include the ability to perform tasks, which include energy audits and duct sealing.
Serious hazards can be encountered when heating systems and equipment are not operating up to par. Even dirty filters and ventilation systems pose risks such as structural fires, health ailments and complete system failures. Heating contractors perform services that can reduce and/or eliminate the prevalence of these problems jeopardizing the desired results that home and business owners expect from their heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
When practicing within the United States, heating contractors opt to gain their North American Technician Excellence, or NATE, certification, as this is one of the most respected and recognized award within the heating and cooling industry. Before gaining the ability to perform any physical services for the HVAC systems within a building structure, the heating contractor must take and pass a state licensing exam to prove their level of knowledge, skill and ability. These exams test the contractor's knowledge and abilities within areas such as parts of the systems, functions and technique capabilities for the heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems that are in use in both residential and commercial building facilities. Mechanical codes that are state specific are also included in these tests before certification and licensing from the state can be achieved. These requirements are meant to provide protection to the building structures and lives of the people that utilize them. Once successful completion of these exams is achieved, the heating contractor is granted their state specific license that gives them the ability to practice within this industry.
Heating contractors, regardless of their specific practice locations or the services that they choose to specialize in, are required to carry some form of insurance. This can include business insurance, liability insurance or workers' compensation insurance. This insurance should be sufficient to cover any damage that can be incurred when working a client's home or commercial business location. Clients that enlist the help of heating contractors should always have the ability to easily view the licensing number, as it should be displayed on the company vehicle and on any company advertisements, business flyers, business cards, company stationery or other pertinent documentation. This confirms that the contractor works for a reputable company within the industry.
When it comes to the desired expectations of the client, heating contractors have a duty to ensure that positive results are delivered. This includes informing the building owner about products that provide them with the most dependable and efficient services available for their needs or creating an HVAC system that requires very few maintenance responsibilities for the home or business owner to oversee. The heating contractor should always perform their services in a manner that is professional, honest and respectful of the client and their building premises. To ensure that their clients are always getting the best services available for their HVAC needs, heating contractors should also have the ability to inform their clients when they are not able to deliver the best services for their needs, as well.