HVAC/R

What Is a Smart Thermostat? Here’s What You Need to Know

These days it’s all about connectivity: smartphones, smartwatches and even smart homes. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), homeowners can remotely control the operation of everything from their refrigerators to speakers to flower pots. But most start with a smart thermostat.[1] This means students in HVAC classes now will likely work with these devices […]

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Green HVAC Trends to Watch in 2019

Comfort shouldn’t come at a steep cost to customers and the environment. Unfortunately, this was the case with the HVAC equipment of yore. Air conditioners and heaters would use massive amounts of electricity and release harmful refrigerants into the atmosphere. But that’s all changing now. Thanks to government programs like SNAP, customer demand and manufacturer […]

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Billing for Work: Tips for Creating an HVAC Invoice

One of the biggest parts of working as an HVAC technician is billing for HVAC services. An HVAC invoice is an itemized bill for the equipment and services you provided. But it can be much more than that: an opportunity to track HVAC system efficiency and performance, offer incentives for future repair work or even […]

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HVAC Hacks: Educating Customers about the Risks of DIY HVAC

Air conditioners, heaters, ventilation systems and refrigerators are pretty complex machines. The equipment has become so complicated that these days it can be difficult to land a job without formal HVAC training.[1] But, with so much information online, it’s easy to understand why more and more homeowners are attempting to do the work themselves. In […]

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Washington – A Promising Destination for HVAC Techs

If you’re thinking about becoming an HVAC technician, now is the right time! The overall job outlook for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry is quite bright at the moment, with an expected growth rate of 15 percent in the United States between 2016 and 2026. This is actually more than double the average […]

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Guide to NATE Certification

Have you completed your HVAC training and are wondering what’s next? HVAC certifications and licenses can either be required by law or help with career advancement. North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification is an optional credential an HVAC technician can earn to improve job prospects and pay.[1] What Is NATE Certification? North American Technical Excellence […]

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Sports Arenas: The Ultimate HVAC/R Challenge

What do concerts, basketball, ice hockey and boxing all have in common? HVAC/R. These all occur in massive indoor arenas.[1] And a lot can go wrong without indoor climate control.[2] Think warm beer, stuffy air and even MVPs like Lebron James stuck out on the sidelines with leg cramps. Sometimes referred to as a Swiss […]

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Air Conditioning Tips for Summer to Keep Cool and Cut Down on Costs

Ah, the joys of summer: long afternoons laying out at the beach, sunset barbeques and, of course, baseball! But many of us can stand the heat for only so long, especially in Southwestern cities like Phoenix, Arizona. Working, exercising and even sleeping in these hot regions would be extremely uncomfortable and downright dangerous for some […]

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HVAC Licensing Requirements in the Pacific Northwest

Becoming an HVAC technician is about so much more than learning the trade and landing a job. The reality is, this profession comes with a many more expectations than pure skill. And if you plan on handling refrigerants, you’ll need Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Technician Certification. HVAC techs also need a license in […]

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