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 HVACClasses.org team will publish that information here.
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration appliances and systems are integral to most modern buildings. Not only do they keep living and workspaces cool and comfortable, but they can also be relied on to keep food refrigerated or frozen. It takes years of education and training to become an HVAC tech with the skills to work on these intricate and complex systems.
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.
Particularly in regions with temperature extremes, or cities with high rates of construction, there’s a strong demand for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) professionals. Despite the favorable projections, it’s difficult to be a truly great HVAC/R contractor without the support of others. That's where professional associations come in.
Whether you’re a current or prospective homeowner, or whether you’re a new and aspiring HVAC professional, it’s important to know about the types of climate control systems in homes built in different eras.
This winter is projected to be slightly colder than last year, but some consumers may feel a serious chill when they get their energy bills. Retail prices for energy are already at or near multi-year highs. The US Energy Information Association (EIA) has forecast that they will go even higher over winter.
Luckily, HVAC students seeking financial assistance can partake in a variety of scholarship opportunities designed to get more people working in the industry. These are funded by energy companies, foundations, and the estates of individuals who felt HVAC services are vital to our world, among other sources.
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.
“Intelligent” products, including a variety of smart thermostats that are already on the market, give consumers more personal control over their homes through the use of technology that “learns” on its own or through an app on a phone or other networked system.
Huge bills from the energy companies face homeowners and building managers, especially during the record-setting heat and cold weather prevalent this past year. Solar power is evolving to meet those energy needs, creating a growing demand for solar HVAC.
Heating, venting, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC and HVAC/R) technicians and installers are in high demand in cities. Climate control is requisite for businesses, industries, institutions, and homeowners. It’s needed for comfort, preservation of food, and medical and research facilities. What are the top cities for HVAC professionals?