Trade School Scholarships for Veterans

trade school for military veterans

Veterans spend much of their lives in service to our country and deserve all the assistance they can get when it comes to successfully transitioning to civilian life. This includes getting career training to improve their employment opportunities. Fortunately, there are a number of scholarships offered to help veterans fund their education. 1. AMVETS National […]

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Understanding Air Filters

air filter Energy efficiency and air quality are becoming increasingly important, and air filters play an important role. Most people understand the importance of changing them regularly to keep their units running properly and to remove contaminants in the air, but they may not know the different types. A professional with HVAC training can help customers decide […] Read More

How Long Do Furnaces Last?

how a furnace works

After you complete your HVAC education and enter the field as a technician, one of the most common questions you might receive from customers, is when to repair or replace aging HVAC equipment. In winter, customers are usually concerned about their furnaces. There are several factors influencing how long a furnace lasts. 1 The International […]

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Grad Connections – Meet John Hartranett

John, 44, originally from southern California, moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2000. He first enrolled in the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering (MME) associate degree program in 2002. But then life got in the way… 15 years later he came back to RSI and graduated from the degree program. Here’s his story… Thanks for your time John. […]

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What Is a Professional Home Energy Audit?

hvac home energy audit

Heating and cooling can be expensive. After you’ve completed an HVAC program and are working as a technician, you might receive questions from customers about how to lower their energy costs. One recommendation is having a home energy audit. What Is a Home Energy Audit? A home energy audit shows where energy is lost. Audits […]

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The Importance of Commercial Cooling in Data Centers

hvac in data center

In today’s tech-based world, even a brief breakdown in data center operations can spell disaster for businesses of all sizes. The data is where important data is stored and managed. 1 As the demand for data centers continues to rise, so too will the need for innovation and professional services in the tech-related commercial cooling […]

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EPA Section 608: Refrigerant Regulations

new refrigerant regulation

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice assessed a $500,000 civil penalty to Trader Joe’s grocery chain for failing to address excessive amounts of ozone depleted and greenhouse gas refrigerants leaking from its coolers. The business was also penalized for failing to maintain records, as required by the National Recycling and Emissions […]

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New Innovation in HVAC Duct Sealing

new hvac technology

JW Marriott Hotel in Atlanta was plagued with high-energy bills and musty odors.  A consultant was hired and figured out that the hotel’s ducts were leaking. Unfortunately, a barrier of walls, wires, and pipes prevented HVAC techs from reaching the ducts until they could approach the problem with a relatively new technology: aerosol duct sealant. 1 […]

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RETA Certification for HVAC Technicians

reta certification for hvac

If you’re interested in working in industrial refrigeration after you’ve completed an HVAC program and are looking to enhance your credentials, consider certification from the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA). What Is Industrial Refrigeration? Industrial refrigeration is used to cool items in large facilities like factories and warehouses. It differs from residential or commercial […]

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Benefits of Working while in Trade School

work and study

Some employers have expressed concern that young people lack basic work experience. Because of this, workers never developed skills like responsibility, accountability and time management. The number of teenagers holding a part-time job has dropped by half from 1990 to today – an all-time low since the U.S. started keeping track in 1948. 1 Although […]

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