HVAC/R

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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The Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist That Will Help You Keep Your Customers Happy

Warmer weather is here! But are customers’ HVAC systems ready for it? Installation is just one part of the HVAC technician’s job. HVAC maintenance is an equally important part.[1] Once you finish your HVAC program and start working in the field, expect to find yourself paying service calls to your customers for spring HVAC checkups. […]

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What Does a Commercial Refrigeration Technician Do? Here’s What You Need to Know

Commercial refrigeration isn’t much different from regular refrigeration. The word “commercial” is placed in front of it when it’s used in small convenience stores, large supermarkets, restaurants and food processing plants. The invention of commercial refrigeration actually revolutionized the way we live when it was invented a little more than 100 years ago, radically advancing […]

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The Four Types of Refrigeration Systems You Need to Know

One of the first things every HVAC/R student learns is that air conditioning units don’t create cool air. What they actually do is remove heat out of a given area. All refrigeration systems work by transferring heat around, moving it from a designated area to somewhere else, thus cooling that designated area off and reversing […]

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How Was Refrigeration Discovered?

Modern refrigeration is a big deal, and it’s not a stretch to say it’s one of humanity’s greatest achievements. It prevents bacteria, yeast and mold, which extends the life of food items, medical specimens and chemicals. Refrigeration technology has improved food safety, expanded seasonal food production, fueled medical research, refined print production and powered industrial […]

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6 Reasons to Become an HVAC Technician

A lifelong career in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is waiting for you right now. We need more men and women to fill positions in the manufacturing and construction industries.  Why? The skilled labor shortage in the United States is hitting these industries hard. Not enough people are entering them to fill jobs in […]

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What Does a Heat Exchanger Do in an HVAC System?

Any HVAC technician worth their salt will tell you that HVAC equipment doesn’t create cold energy. Rather, it transfers thermal (heat) energy from one location to another. Heat flows from areas of high temperature to areas of low temperature, according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The HVAC system is responsible for reversing this natural […]

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