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.
There is no question that air conditioning technician is a job that is in high demand. Virtually every new building needs a trained technician to install new air conditioning systems, which is to say nothing of the air conditioners around the country that need regular maintenance and repair. Luckily there are many choices for a good AC technician school if you know where to look. The schools on this list...
Learn about the benefits of union membership, and about the advocacy issues most important to the HVAC industry today, through an interview with a past president of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA).
Solar technicians may find that their skills are in high demand, as the costs of solar panels drops and the demand for systems increases. Learn how you can become a solar technician by turning to our solar technician training guide for information on school programs and certification.
Blogs are an easy and effective way to stay connected with what’s new in the HVAC industry. They’re also a source of wisdom when faced with a niche problem around the installation, maintenance, or marketing. Having the best HVAC blogs bookmarked in your smartphone is akin to having several HVAC experts at the touch of a button to answer any of your, or your customer’s, questions.
When America emerges from rolling lockdowns, HVAC technology will play a critical role in protecting office, retail, and school environments from the spread of Covid-19. HVAC systems act as the lungs and veins of the built environment. When we keep them healthy, we keep ourselves healthy.
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.
An HVAC associate degree, such as those offered by the schools on this list, includes instruction in more than just the fundamentals of HVAC systems. An AAS degree requires courses in a range of topics, from communication to mathematics to liberal arts. This breadth of knowledge will be invaluable in a 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.
While shifting our energy-guzzling nation’s dependence from non-renewable to renewable energy is one solution to course-correct climate change, developing technologies that support efficient heating and cooling homes and buildings is also essential to create a healthier environmental future.
From 'smart' thermostats to 'smart' vents, intelligent devices are now available for your HVAC systems and home. Read about some of the hottest HVAC trends and products to put to use in your home in 2015.