How-To

HVAC/R Tool Calibration

HVAC/R technicians use a variety of instruments to test whether or not equipment is working correctly or in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Such instruments can measure temperature, pressure, and electricity, as well as detect refrigerant leaks and gas leaks. To ensure these instruments are providing accurate readings, technicians or manufacturers must test and calibrate […]

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How to Become an Energy Star HVAC Contractor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for contractors who want to learn all about best practices in HVAC design and installation. 1 As an Energy Star contractor, you can connect to leaders in the building industry. Becoming credentialed with an Energy Star program can also help you stand out among your competitors. 2 What […]

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Windows and Home Energy Efficiency

When most people think of making their homes more energy efficient, they think of more energy efficient appliances. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t necessarily mean spending thousands of dollars on new appliances. Windows may be as good of an option. Before making any decision about windows and window treatments, the Department of Energy […]

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Furnace Maintenance 101

HVAC professionals visit residential and commercial properties to perform maintenance on heating and cooling equipment. Since most property owners in the U.S. use furnaces, working on them often occurs in the fall and winter. 1 What Is a Furnace? Before you start working on furnaces regularly, it might help to know how they work. A […]

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How Long Do Furnaces Last?

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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HVAC Technician Service Call Tips

Soon you will finish your HVAC training and enter the field. Depending on where you work, you could make service calls to customers’ homes. Since customers often assume the appearance and professionalism of a technician is a reflection of the company and the technician’s skills, it’s important for you to make a good first impression. […]

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Tips on How to Pass the GED Test

Life can be hard if you don’t have a high school diploma. One of those difficulties is not being able to find a good paying job or not being able to further your education to get one. Fortunately, you can earn the equivalent of a diploma by taking and passing a set of tests called […]

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The Role of CO2 in Indoor Air Quality

Our earth’s atmosphere is primarily made up of four different gases: nitrogen, oxygen, argon, and carbon dioxide (CO2). Given how much carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere when burning fossil fuels, it’s fair to see why scientists point to CO2 as a major cause of global warming. 1 CO2 can also be toxic to humans in high […]

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Tips for an HVAC Job Interview

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that HVAC professionals are in demand, with an expected 39,600 jobs to be added to the labor market between 2014 and 2024.1 However, without the ability to present a professional image during your interview, a positive job outlook will ultimately not translate to gainful employment. If your interview skills could […]

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Important HVAC Customer Service Tips

Great customer service makes all the difference in the world in any industry including the HVAC field. Customers often call when their homes are sweltering or freezing due to a broken down air conditioner or heater. An HVAC program will teach you about the mechanics of system installation, maintenance, and repair. It’s also important that […]

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