The HVAC Blog

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.

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.

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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 1, 2021

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.

January 21, 2021

While HVAC units tend to last longer than most of today’s latest gadgets, they don’t last forever. Both internal and external factors can, over the long run, cause a unit to break down.

October 19, 2020

While residential and commercial HVAC share many of the same fundamental principles, critical differences exist in working conditions, pay, team makeup, market outlook, and HVAC system size and complexity.

September 30, 2020

For those interested in refrigeration, there’s an abundance of on-campus and online training programs throughout the United States. Refrigerant training is typically HVAC programs, although some people seeking specialized knowledge or exclusive employment in commercial refrigeration may want more focused training.

July 17, 2020

ASHRAE’s work so far, which is aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been pivotal in helping hospitals and clinics cope with the increasing volume of COVID-19 cases. It’s also helping people ensure the safety of their own homes and offices.