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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.

September 3, 2021

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.

July 9, 2021

Becoming an experienced and successful HVAC technician means committing yourself to the occupation from day one. While classroom instruction from a highly rated HVAC school is a huge step in the right directions, there is no substitute for hands-on training in the field. This list will shed light on some of the best HVAC apprenticeship programs in the country. These programs pair up new HVAC technicians who are eager to...

July 8, 2021

New building construction, the retrofitting or replacement of old systems, and evolving environmental laws are only three of the forces fueling the demand for qualified HVAC professionals. Each state has a particular combination of economic prosperity, job opportunities, and weather patterns that may make them ideal locations for HVAC professionals.

June 16, 2021

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has included sustainable building practices, healthy buildings, and a strengthened HVAC workforce as three of its top public policy priorities for 2021.

May 4, 2021

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...

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April 15, 2021

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).

March 30, 2021

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.

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March 18, 2021

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.

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March 5, 2021

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.

February 9, 2021

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.