As Nashville, Tenn., area homeowners start to dry out from last week’s record floods, one wholesaler is telling them to look for the NATE logo.

 If their water-damaged air conditioner needs to be serviced or replaced, its best to hire a contractor that is certified by the North American Technician Excellence program, said Clay Blevins, CEO of Comfort Supply LLC, a Ruud HVAC equipment and supplies wholesaler based in Nashville.

“Hiring a contractor with NATE certification means that the person installing your new HVAC system has passed a series of tests and demonstrated a considerable amount of knowledge about his field,” Blevins said. “That way you know you’re dealing with a professional who not only takes pride in his work, but has the experience to do a proper installation, complete with all the necessary permits and inspections.”

Comfort Supply offers contractors NATE testing.

“We’re one of the few wholesalers who can offer this service. We do it because we want to promote professionalism and integrity in our industry,” Blevins said. “When homeowners see a NATE certification patch on their installer’s uniform, they should understand what that means for their comfort and safety.”