HVAC/R

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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A Glossary of HVAC Terms A-Z to Help You in School and in Your Career

Planning a career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration field? Get ready to memorize words, acronyms and their meanings. A lot of them. HVAC training teaches all of the essential HVAC terminology, of course, but learning how to speak the language ahead of time will help you when terms like BTUH and SEER […]

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What Will You Learn in HVAC School?

Are you thinking about becoming an HVAC technician? To be successful in an industry like this, you need to be skilled in working on increasingly high-tech heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. To do that, you need to learn a lot of complex concepts. You can learn all about these concepts, such as the […]

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RSI and Friendly House Deliver Complimentary HVAC tune-up to Valley Family

The official first day of summer is still a week away on June 21, but temperatures in the Valley are already on the rise and will only continue to intensify over the next few months, making a fully-functioning home cooling system a necessity. While HVAC checkups are recommended twice a year, especially when temperatures change, […]

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What Is OSHA and How Does It Affect the HVAC Industry?

Jobs in the skilled trades can be fun, action-packed and invigorating—but they can also be dangerous. Workers in the skilled trades, such as HVAC, must adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to ensure workplace safety. HVAC technicians work in situations that are potentially hazardous: Handling refrigerants Operating on rooftops Dealing with wiring […]

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