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.
The rise of mobile technology has opened up a new world of possibility to heating and air conditioning specialists. These 15 apps represent the best when it comes to incorporating new ideas into the increasingly modern world of HVAC technology.
There a number of professors who have spent their careers actively teaching traditional heating models in addition to creating and researching new ways to generate heat. These 10 professors represent the best when it comes to teaching excellence, inventiveness, and dedication to sustainability in the heating arena of the HVAC industry.
Tools are needed for any HVAC program and your school will likely provide you with a list. To familiarize yourself with these tools, check out our list of 10 must have tools for HVAC students and gain an idea about what might be required.
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.
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.
Specialists trained in air-conditioning and refrigeration can seek special certifications for their skills. Our list of 10 Top a/c and refrigeration instructors takes a look at some of these certifications and the unique skills or interests these instructors may have.
From the vo-tech school all the way up to the college and university, there are top HVAC instructors to be found to inspire students toward success and toward understanding the ins-and-outs of HVAC systems. Take a look at our list of 14 Top HVAC Instructors to read more about some of these teachers.
Since the U.S. still receives 82 percent of its energy supplies from fossil fuels, there is plenty of room for more green HVAC technologies to be developed and created. This list of 7 Green Technologies That Are Changing HVAC provides insight into some of the HVAC technologies that are already on the market and also hints at what could come.
While there are many different paths to starting a career as an HVAC technician, all of them begin with a foundation. The schools included here offer instruction in more than just the fundamentals of HVAC system - although this is also an essential part of their curricula - they offer associate degrees that can help students begin a new life.
The HVAC field is a growing occupation, which may be why so many scholarships are available to students who want to pursue HVAC training. Of course, our list is only a start, but we do compile 20 great HVAC scholarships that could provide you with a start in finding a more affordable education.