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Advances in HVAC-R practice are driving HVAC education forward, toward an understanding of greener systems and components, and connected and embedded technologies such as Nest thermostats that control advanced heating and cooling systems in ever more sophisticated ways. New HVAC certification and degree programs focus on preparing technicians to install, maintain and repair modern HVAC-R systems, often device-controlled and incorporating progressively greener technology. This blog surfaces the best modern HVAC programs across a number of dimensions, along with the professors that are pushing HVAC education forward, and the apps and technologies that are emerging as future HVAC-R standards. As licensing and certification requirements evolve to incorporate new advancements in the field, and as active HVAC educators and practitioners share their stories, the team will publish that information here.

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January 4, 2024

The HVAC industry has undergone several rapid changes as of late. The Covid-19 pandemic brought new attention to the impact of in-building and in-home air quality on one’s health. A migration towards work-from-home set-ups led to more consumers investing in making their homes more comfortable: appropriately heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. And new climate realities have made the HVAC industry rethink the materials it uses, while...

December 26, 2023

Various apprenticeships and trade, technical, and degree programs offer training. Not surprisingly, completing an accredited HVAC program can make it easier to find lucrative employment, but paying for school can still be a challenge.

November 27, 2023

Many HVAC professionals get their start with a two-year degree or a certificate. This can be an excellent way to get one foot in the door with some basic HVAC knowledge. However, a bachelor's degree can represent a major competitive advantage for those ambitious individuals who want to go further in the field and perhaps even own their own HVAC business one day.

November 13, 2023

While the most common route for prospective HVAC professionals is to take up an apprenticeship, students can also take up a certificate program in HVAC. These programs introduce students to the fundamentals of heating, ventilation, cooling, residential air conditioning, commercial air conditioning, and the installation, repair, and maintenance of these systems.

November 12, 2023

Becoming a refrigeration technician can seem like an insurmountable goal for those who are at the very beginning of the journey. With the right education, however, this stable and potentially lucrative career can be just around the corner.

November 10, 2023

While there are numerous ways to become a certified HVAC technician, some choose to gain experience by obtaining on-the-job training or by participating in an apprenticeship. Others might enroll in accredited HVAC programs to better prepare for the competitive job market.

October 26, 2023

Homes and buildings are getting techier, becoming more alive. They breathe and regulate temperature. How they’re heated, ventilated, and insulated contributes greatly to their overall health: their lifespan, value, and upkeep are all affected. Environmental considerations raise the ante further. A well-educated and well-compensated HVAC workforce is critical for the vitality of America’s commercial and residential buildings. But demand is repeatedly outstripping supply.

September 6, 2023

These rate hikes are putting an ever-increasing strain on low-income families, whereas higher-earning families may be able to absorb the added expense. Thankfully, there are programs that play a crucial role in supporting low-income households by ensuring they have access to affordable and reliable energy services.

August 6, 2023

Overall, this ban aims to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons and help promote the use of more sustainable alternatives, such as natural refrigerants, which have lower environmental impacts. The EPA Cylinder Ban has been met with some opposition from industry groups such as Worthington Industries and several HVACR associations, who argue that it will raise costs for businesses and consumers while empowering Chinese manufacturers.

July 17, 2023

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing HVAC systems, which many Americans rely upon daily as a means of climate-control. This guide explores HVAC training schools which offer compensation to students as they achieve employment-ready skills.