What Is NFI Certification?

By Doug Hetsch

December 4, 2017

Chimney Inspections

As we head into winter, you are most likely looking to increase the energy efficiency in your home. One of the most popular choices to heat your home more efficiently is a new gas fireplace insert. This energy-saving hearth appliance gives a lot of warmth without negatively affecting your heating budget. Installing a gas fireplace insert yourself is a safety risk. Therefore, you should always hire a professional technician to connect the appliance to your gas line and your existing chimney. You can count on All American Chimney Service to follow all safety practices when installing your gas fireplace appliance. Not only are we experienced and trained for this type of installation, Our technicians are also certified Gas Specialists by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). This trusted industry certification means a lot to you as our client. We would like to explain more about the importance of our NFI certification.

What is the National Fireplace Institute (NFI)?

The NFI is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Education Association Foundation (HPBEF). Founded in 2002, it is dedicated to educating both professionals and homeowners about safe and efficient use of hearth appliances. One of the main functions of theNFIis training professional technicians how to properly plan and install hearth appliance and venting systems. Technicians earn specialist certifications in three different areas based on fuel type; gas, wood-burning, and pellet.

Why is NFI certification so important to me as a homeowner?

This certification indicates a technician’s professional training and commitment to his field. In order to receive this certification, the technician must pass a test based on the skills and knowledge needed for the proper planning and installing processes of hearth appliances and their venting systems. Since your fireplace and chimney system produces heat and is responsible for the safe exhaust of smoke and combustion gases, it is crucial to hire a NFI-certified technician.

How does a technician keep and renew his NFI certification?

Once a technician has earned the specialist status, its certification is valid for three years. Once the certification has expired, a specialist can renew it by either retaking the exam at the end of that validation period, or choosing to participate in the NFI Continuing Education Program for Certification Renewal. The training provides programs accredited by NFI Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Boost the heating efficiency in your home with a new gas fireplace insert properly installed by an NFI-certified technician. To learn more,contact usat All American Chimney Service to find the best gas fireplace insert for you. One of our NFI Gas Specialists will professionally install it for you to ensure it will work properly and safely.

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