Find your best training for a job in HVAC

With the never ending change in technology, an HVAC technician should never stop training.HVAC — heating, ventilation, and air conditioning — is a career that keeps changing and growing, but never stops needing more qualified professionals. It’s well worth planning your course for a career in this enduring field.

Technical school covers the basics

Most HVAC professionals today begin with studies at a technical school, either local or online. There, they cover such basics as:

* principles of heat transfer
* fundamentals of refrigeration and electricity
* residential refrigeration and heating systems
* heat pumps
* advanced air conditioning controls
* air conditioning and heating system design
* air conditioning and heating duct design

< h2 >Apprenticeships are essential< /h2 >
A good apprenticeship is where you do real work under close supervision by a seasoned professional. The people who supervise apprentices know that the only way you are going to learn effectively is to get your own hands on the job. In an apprenticeship, good supervisors will:

* Drill apprentices on safety procedures and safety practices.
* Let apprentices try to apply their classroom learning with questions about how a situation should be handled.
* Let apprentices watch how the supervisor works.
* Let apprentices imitate the supervisor’s skills.

The cycle of thinking-watching-imitating will repeat until the supervisor is confident in the apprentice.

< h2 >Certifications: Essential and optional < /h2 >
The HVAC industry hires many employees without professional certifications. North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certifications by examination are not mandatory, but include:

* Area of service (after at least two years of service technician experience)

* Installation (after at least a year of actual real world experience)

* Senior level technician (after 5 years of work experience)

Certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required because some chemicals used in refrigerants can harm the ozone layer. Four different levels are available, depending on the equipment a technician services.

< h2 >Never stop training yourself< /h2 >
Technology keeps moving forward and HVAC is no exception. Ten years ago, home systems weren’t programmable. Ten years from now, who knows what resources we’ll offer? Plan to always read every day to keep up with the field.

A career in HVAC keeps people comfortable and productive all year round. I hope you will join us in this valuable profession.

Three Simple Steps to Reduce Central Air Conditioning Repair Costs

There are ways to keep central air conditioning repair costs downRepairs are often unexpected expenses that people try to avoid. Central air conditioning units are essential to maintaining environmental comfort. Keeping repair costs low can be essential to maintaining budgets. There are three things people can do to reduce the overall costs associated with repair of their central air conditioning units.

Routine Maintenance and Inspection

Most people underestimate the value of maintenance. By having annual inspections done, home owners can prolong the lifespan of their air conditioners and reduce the frequency of unexpected repairs. Professionals are able to find potential problems that are easy to fix. These small problems can lead to larger, more expensive, repairs if they go unchecked.

Keep the Unit Clean

There are many parts to an air conditioning unit. Keeping them clean allows them to run with maximum efficiency. When filters are not changed, the units must work longer to cool the air. It also reduces the amount of air that can be moved through the system. The harder and longer a system has to work, the more likely it is that the unit will break down. Make sure that filters are changed at least once or twice a year. Clean up around the central air unit and air handlers. This reduces the amount of dust and dirt that can clog the system up.

Reduce Use

Reducing the amount of time that the air conditioning unit runs will reduce the wear on components. This reduces the frequency of repairs and the overall operational costs. Reducing use does not mean that comfort must be sacrificed. The use of fans can efficiently move conditioned air through the building without needing to force the air conditioning to run. Proper insulation can keep air in the home cooler for longer periods of time. This results in the system not running as long and not as prone to break down.

These are three simple steps that can reduce the unexpected expenses of central air conditioning repair. All of them are cheaper than most repairs and save money on premature replacement of the air conditioning system. Professionals are able to make sure that any air conditioning unit is running at peak performance. They are also able to let home owners know when the cost of repairs exceed the costs of having a new system installed. Always leave repairs to professionals to make sure that they are done properly.