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The HVAC Industry Is Booming

The HVAC Industry Is Booming

The HVAC Industry Is Booming

The HVAC industry is booming, and there’s no sign of it slowing down any time soon. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the HVAC industry is expected to grow by 15% from 2019 to 2029—much faster than the average for all occupations. So what’s driving this growth? Let’s take a look.

A Growing Population Means More Demand for HVAC Services

As the population ages, there will be an increased demand for replacement parts and services for older HVAC systems. This is because HVAC systems typically have a lifespan of 15-20 years. So as the population ages, more and more people will need to replace their old systems with new ones. This increased demand will create even more jobs in the HVAC industry.

An Aging Population Means More Demand for Replacement Parts and Services

As the population ages, there will be an increased demand for replacement parts and services for older HVAC systems. This is because HVAC systems typically have a lifespan of 15-20 years. So as the population ages, more and more people will need to replace their old systems with new ones. This increased demand will create even more jobs in the HVAC industry.

Government Incentives Mean More Money for HVAC Upgrades and Installations

In recent years, the government has been offering incentives to businesses and homeowners who upgrade or install energy-efficient HVAC systems. These incentives are meant to encourage people to save energy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of these incentives, more people are upgrading or installing energy-efficient HVAC systems, which creates even more jobs in the industry.

Conclusion

The HVAC industry is booming thanks to a growing population, an aging population, and government incentives. This presents a great opportunity for those looking for a stable job with good pay and benefits. If you’re thinking about starting a career in the HVAC industry, now is the time!  Contact us for opportunities to learn HVAC.

Innovations in the HVAC Industry

Innovations in the HVAC Industry

The future of the HVAC industry is looking bright. We expect to see new developments in the years ahead that will improve our quality of life and make life easier for everyone. This post will look at where the industry is headed. We will also mention some new technologies being developed to help us meet future challenges.

HVAC Industry Trends

The HVAC industry has come a long way in recent years. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of renewable energy sources, which will only continue in the future. Solar power, wind power, and geothermal energy are all becoming increasingly popular and necessary, In addition, we see a move away from traditional fossil fuels such as coal and oil. This is good news for the environment, but it also presents some challenges for the HVAC industry and pushes us toward more energy-efficient systems.

The Latest Technology

Finding new, more efficient ways to heat and cool homes and businesses is essential. This is the driver for the latest developments in HVAC technologies and improvements. Newer HVAC systems are much more efficient than older models and can help customers save money on consumer energy bills. In addition, newer HVAC systems are much better for the environment and put less demand on our overburdened power infrastructure.

Technologies and Innovations

Here are a few technologies and innovations that are shaping the future of HVAC:

  • Solar-powered HVAC systems are becoming more popular as people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Solar-powered HVAC systems use the sun’s energy to heat and cool buildings.
  • Variable speed compressors are a type of compressor that can save energy by running at different speeds. Variable speed compressors can adjust their speed to match the demand for heating or cooling.
  • Inverter air conditioners are a type of air conditioner that uses less energy than traditional air conditioners. An inverter-driven compressor keeps the motor turned on continuously and adjusts the speed to vary the temperature. This means the power used can vary between 0 and 100 percent. This is more energy-efficient than turning the motor on and off repeatedly.
  • Smart thermostats are a type of thermostat that can be controlled remotely and turn the heating or cooling off when you are not home— all controlled by your smartphone.
  • Geothermal heat pumps are a heating and cooling system that uses the earth’s energy to heat and cool buildings. Geothermal heat pumps are an efficient way to heat and cool the home and save energy.
  • Sensor-enhanced vents are a type of vent that uses sensors to monitor the air quality in a room. Sensor-enhanced vents are an efficient way to improve the air quality in the home and can save on energy.
  • Motion-activated A/C utilizes ceiling sensors to detect movement and will turn on when it senses motion.
  • Thermally driven A/C will utilize solar energy and supplement with natural gas.
  • Ice-powered A/C uses water that is frozen in a tank overnight to help cool the next day. Conventional cooling takes over when the ice has thawed but can last for around 6 hours.

Additional innovations include:

  • Energy data analysis software
  • Dual fuel heat pumps
  • Dual-stage compressors
  • Efficient scroll compressors
  • Improved ductwork

With the ongoing innovations, HVAC systems will play a vital role in keeping customers cool and technicians busy for years to come.

Do you have an interest in pursuing a career in the HVAC industry? If so, now is the time to get started! Many great opportunities are available for those willing to learn and work hard. We encourage you to explore all that the HVAC industry has to offer!

 

 

Should HVAC Trainees Be Worried About the Material Shortage?

Should HVAC Trainees Be Worried About the Material Shortage?

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is slowly going away as more folks receive their vaccines, the world is currently dealing with another crisis in the form of the material shortage that is greatly impacting many businesses and industries. The HVAC industry is one that has been particularly affected.

Dealing with this material shortage has put a lot of pressure on the HVAC industry and HVAC professionals. The shortage has created significant difficulties in producing and acquiring important heating and cooling equipment, delaying installations and projects. 

These pressures have frustrated both professionals and customers alike, making the landscape for incoming HVAC professionals uncertain. With a material shortage affecting the job they do and the services provided, should incoming HVAC professionals and those just beginning their education and training be concerned about the heating and cooling material shortage?

While this shortage is definitely something that heating and cooling professionals need to educate themselves on, fully understand, and account for, it should certainly not be something that should dissuade individuals from a rewarding and important career.

Why is there a material shortage?

First things first, why is there a material shortage to begin with? It is the result of a domino effect tipped off by the coronavirus pandemic. When the pandemic first hit and lockdowns were ordered across the world, manufacturers had to adjust. Many severely scaled back production, some had to lay off a large portion of their workforce, others had to shut their doors entirely.

During this time, the production of materials was limited which meant available inventory was quickly used up without being able to be replaced. That brings us to today. As the world continues to return more and more to normal, demand has ramped back up but that demand is not able to be kept up with due to still-limited labor forces and an almost non-existing inventory.

For HVAC, construction materials, as well as microchips used in smart heating and cooling systems like programmable thermostats, have been the items most drastically affected. Hardships obtaining these materials means HVAC manufacturers have been producing them at a slower rate.

This material shortage WILL end

All indicators are that this material shortage is something that will loom over manufacturers and affect businesses and industries for an extended period of time. However, as difficult of a crisis to navigate as this material shortage is, experts also continue to indicate that it isn’t permanent and it will eventually even out.

Microchip shortages, of particular relevance to the HVAC industry, are predicted to start slowly dwindling over the next two years. While this may still seem like a bit of time, considering the severity of the crisis, the fact that an endpoint is already in sight is a great indicator.

Other materials will follow the same trajectory, some sooner than others, and sooner or later things will return back to normal for the HVAC industry. Until then, your customer service skills as an HVAC professional will be of great importance as you help your customers understand and plan to work around the material shortage.

Set realistic expectations

Some of your customers may be so far removed from the material shortages impacting different businesses and not completely understand why their orders are taking so long to be fulfilled. As a heating and cooling expert, it will be up to you to help educate your customers.

Delays in new equipment installation will undoubtedly cause some frustration with your customers, so the best thing you can do to prepare them is to be transparent about the crisis and set realistic expectations for their projects.

Communication skills are an undervalued soft skill for heating and cooling installers and technicians and navigating the material shortage crisis will require everyone to be at their best. 

Customers will still be counting on you

One of the biggest reasons why incoming HVAC professionals shouldn’t be discouraged by the material shortage is one simple fact: despite issues producing HVAC products, homeowners and business owners are going to continue to depend on the valuable service that those in the industry provide.

The summers aren’t going to suddenly stop being hot and the winters are not going to suddenly stop being cold. Across the country, the demand for HVAC maintenance, service, and new installation is not going to stop just because equipment is harder to come by. The world still needs hardworking and skilled professionals to put their skill set to work protecting their homes and businesses. 

In fact, in addition to the material shortage, there is a similar labor shortage happening across many industries. This is of course nothing new to the skilled trades, which have been experiencing a need for labor for many years leading up to the pandemic. 

Don’t be intimidated by the material shortage. There is still a need for services and there is a need for professionals like you! If you are interested in starting your career in HVAC with the best training available, learn more about the upcoming schedule of HVAC classes right here at The Training Center of Heating and Air Conditioning.

The HVAC Industry Post-COVID

The HVAC Industry Post-COVID

As we continue to see the number of vaccinations across the country rise and the number of cases dropping, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more and more visible. While we aren’t out of the woods quite yet, we are at a point in time where those of us in the HVAC industry can start looking forward to what the HVAC industry will look like post-COVID.

While leadership in the industry is predicting that 2021 and the future of the HVAC industry looks good, that doesn’t mean there won’t be repercussions of the pandemic affecting installers, technicians, and heating and cooling companies in the post-COVID world.

In fact, for the foreseeable future, there will indeed be some major changes to the demands of heating and cooling customers and new challenges that will have a major impact on the way the HVAC industry operates. 

For those of you who will soon be completing your heating and cooling certification and training and entering the workforce or those of you interested in beginning your career by enrolling in our training program, here are some important things to think about in the industry going into a post-COVID world.

Air quality control will be a top priority

Since the beginning of the pandemic, prioritizing the air quality and ventilation of commercial and home buildings has been a CDC recommendation for helping reduce the risk of exposure to the virus. That has resulted in a surge of businesses and homes investing in air purification systems and filtration systems with effective results.

As we eventually reach a place in time where the Coronavirus itself becomes a more and more distant memory, the impact that it had on our outlook on safety and protection will linger. As home and business owners continue to prioritize air purification as a means to not only overcome the Coronavirus but also prevent a similar outbreak from occurring again, purchases of this type of equipment and service are on the rise and expected to reach a market of $28.3 billion by 2027.

Consumers are interested, and will continue to be interested, in investing in this equipment for years to come. As an HVAC technician, installer, or business owner, this means a steady stream of service requests will continue to come our way in both residential and commercial spaces. A market that those in the industry need to be ready to take advantage of. 

This emphasis on air purification systems means HVAC professionals everywhere need to emphasize training and education about the various systems available, making sure they and their team of technicians are ready to educate and install these systems to best serve the safety and comfort of their customers. Air purification systems now need to become a core pillar in HVAC training. 

Focus on safety practices

Masks, gloves, regular hand washing, social distancing, all of these safety measures have become a part of our daily lives. For those in the home service industry, they have been especially important as our jobs take us into the homes of our customers, some complete strangers, who need to feel safe and protected in your presence. 

As more and more get access to the vaccine, these social distancing precautions in public spaces will inevitably begin to lax. However, in the comfort and safety of their own home, many customers may still wish for strangers to continue to practice safety. In order to serve the best interest of the customers we serve, even as the number of vaccinations rises, we recommend continuing to practice social distancing and hygienic practices. 

You never know when a customer will feel uneasy about the presence of a stranger in the fallout of this pandemic. HVAC technicians should still continue to carry masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers in their vehicles and be respectful of social distancing for the foreseeable future when dealing with customers directly.

Supply and material shortages

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all businesses, but manufacturers were especially hard hit. Plant shutdowns, lay-offs, and difficulties with trade throughout the pandemic have culminated in a large material shortage for important and once abundant materials important to the HVAC industry like copper and plastics used in the manufacturing of HVAC equipment as well as microchips important in the programming of smart home technology.

While experts are hopeful that this shortage we are experiencing will eventually resolve itself, for the foreseeable future it will cause HVAC business owners and customers alike quite a bit of difficulty to navigate. 

Material shortages are resulting in longer lead times in manufacturing and delivery equipment. This means a customer’s order for a new air conditioner will take far longer than usual to be fulfilled. As we head into the hottest months of the year, this is going to be quite frustrating for customers. 

As professionals in the industry, it will be our responsibility to educate our customers of this shortage, understand its impact, and help them make the best decisions to help navigate it, like encouraging customers to schedule their pre-seasonal inspections and maintenance earlier than they usually might. Doing so will allow them ample time to identify any issues and get their orders in for parts and replacement early.

From material shortages causing delays in your sales process to an urgency and emphasis by buyers to take advantage of air filtration and ventilation systems, there will be a lot of adjustments that need to be made by HVAC professionals to navigate the post-COVID world. However, all of this just means that well-trained and knowledgeable technicians and installers will be in demand more than ever. 

Learn more about our schedule of upcoming classes and start your career today.

What is New About Our 10-Week HVAC Classes?

What is New About Our 10-Week HVAC Classes?

Did you see the news about some changes happening here at The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating? We have recently changed the format of our HVAC classes from a 14-week class format to a new 10-week format.

The adjustment in the length and format of our classes may seem like quite a big change, but ultimately it is a change that we think will be of great benefit to both our students and our school. 

We wanted to take a little bit of time to explain exactly what the change from 14-week classes to 10-week will mean and what changes will happen as a result.

Why the change?

Over the years of teaching, Chris Walters, the school’s founder, has continued to fine-tune and perfect the curriculum we conduct for our students. As a result, Chris and our staff have gotten very efficient… not to toot our own horn. With our staff knowing what topics need more emphasis and what topics require less time, many of our recent 14-week classes have started to become trimmed of fluff and finished up ahead of schedule!

So, in order to help our students complete their education and get into the field a whopping four weeks early, we decided to just completely change our schedule since our classes were trending that way anyway. 

With a new 10-week format, our students can start finding work and making a living in their new field sooner than ever. 

What is different?

While it seems like trimming four weeks off our HVAC classes is a significant cut, we assure you it really isn’t! The 14-week and 10-week classes have the same schedule, cover the same topics, and contain the same information. We have simply just tightened things up.

By maximizing efficiency in the classroom because of the shorter class duration, our new 10-week format allows us to actually spend more time than ever on hands-on training and education. Mastery of heating and cooling equipment servicing can only happen through doing. This approach helps our students get more comfortable with the equipment and techniques and helps better prepare them for entering the workforce.

The other difference created by shortening our class durations is that it allows us to add another class session! We are now able to offer morning, evening, and afternoon classes now instead of just morning and evening, allowing us to admit and train more students throughout the course of the year!

How can I sign up?

Our new 10-week program is offered four times every year with morning, evening, and afternoon options. Right now, the training school is busier than we have ever been, which means available spots are going away fast!

But, the change and newly created afternoon has also created more opportunities for admission! If you are interested in starting a rewarding career in the HVAC industry here in Texas, you’ll find no better curriculum or training staff anywhere else that will prepare you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to succeed. 

Check out our schedule of upcoming HVAC classes, learn more about the curriculum, and how to apply to join the school here! If you aren’t sure if HVAC is right for you, you can also ask us about sitting in on a 3-hour class free of charge!

What You and Your Customers Need to Know About R22 Refrigerant

What You and Your Customers Need to Know About R22 Refrigerant

For years, R22 refrigerant was used in the majority of in-home air conditioning systems and considered the king of refrigeration. Well, the times have certainly changed.

Since January 2020, the production and importation of R22 has been banned, allowing only for continuing use of R22 from recycled or stockpiled reserves because of its negative impact on the environment. By January 2030, the EPA’s goal is to phase out the use of R22 almost entirely

Considering that the majority of air conditioning and other cooling systems manufactured and installed before 2010, when heavy R22 regulations began, utilize R22 refrigerant, these mandates have changed much about the education and practices of HVAC technicians when it comes to refrigerants. 

It has spurred us in the HVAC industry to explore and understand more environmentally and efficient refrigerant alternatives as well as inspired technicians to educate their customers on the matter. After all, the phasing out of R22 refrigerant is also going to put customers in the position to make some important decisions regarding their systems as well. 

When those questions and decisions do come up, as an HVAC technician or a technician in training it’ll be your responsibility to help your customers make the best and most informed decisions for understanding and replacing their R22 refrigerant systems.

Here are some of the most important things for you and your customers to understand about R22 refrigerant.

Why R22 refrigerant is banned

The reason refrigerant has fallen under so much scrutiny over the past few decades is the negative impact it has been found to have on the environment. Refrigerants can produce emissions that are destructive to the Earth’s ozone layer and contribute to global warming. 

This revelation spurred the EPA and governments across the world to begin enforcing stricter regulations on the use of refrigerants and creating new required certifications for HVAC technicians on the handling and disposal of refrigerant, such as the EPA 608 Certification.

So, while 2020 was a year that ramped up restrictions on production and importing of R22 refrigerant, regulations on environmentally harmful refrigerant has been ongoing for decades, with 2010 being a major turning point. 

Your customers can continue to use their equipment

The most common question you are likely to encounter from your customers regarding their R22 refrigerant units is “am I still allowed to use it?” The answer is, of course, yes. While the ban exists to cease the production and import of R22, it doesn’t ban the ongoing use of it. So, it is important to put your customer’s mind at ease on this fact.

However, while the ongoing use of their current system is fine, it will present some serious issues for them going forward. As their HVAC technician, someone they should value and trust as an expert in your field, you do have an obligation to inform your customers of what they will be dealing with long term with these systems.

Maintaining their R22 refrigerant system is going to cost them

Because of the ban in production and import, ongoing repairs and replacements on R22 refrigerant systems will have to come from the remaining stockpile of reserves – a stockpile that will continue to rapidly dwindle over the next few years.

As supply diminishes and repair and maintenance demand for these systems (many of which installed before 2010) increases, it will create a landscape in which the cost of these repairs will rise and rise and rise. In the next few years, a refrigerant replacement job that would normally be fairly straightforward and relatively inexpensive will cost your customers a great deal more because of the limited supply.

As you encounter customers with cooling systems that utilize R22, it is a good idea to make this situation known to them and help them understand their options going forward. They may be stubborn and OK with paying more for the sake of living with their system until it finally kicks the bucket. However, you should make them at least understand the value of upgrading and replacing their cooling systems with more efficient and environmentally friendly modern systems.

R22 alternatives

As HVAC technicians continue to work in a post-R22 world, knowing the available R22 alternatives will help you be a better and more well-rounded HVAC technician, as well as become a more valuable resource for your customers when they are searching for replacements for their outdated cooling systems.

While no refrigerant is perfect and each has their own pluses and minuses, our preferred R22 alternative is R421a. R421a has 0 ODP, is non-flammable, is useful in a number of different applications, can in many cases can be used as a direct R22 replacement, and most importantly is one of the more environmentally friendly refrigerants available. 

R32, R407c, and other greener refrigerant alternatives are also available and preferred by some. Like we said, there is no end-all be-all refrigerant choice. Good HVAC technicians will familiarize themselves with as many as they can and come to their own conclusions as to which they prefer and recommend to their customers.

The Training Center of Heating and Air Conditioning takes the health of the beautiful world around us very seriously, so refrigerant education is something we take very seriously and even make EPA 608 certification a part of the requirements for graduation from our school.

If you are interested in learning more about a career in HVAC as a technician, check out upcoming schedule of classes to find the session that best suits you.