The Department of Energy (DOE) recently enacted new efficiency standards for the types of water pumps used to circulate cold and hot water in commercial HVAC systems. 1 But you’ve only started working toward your mechanical maintenance degree, so why should you care? The truth is, anyone who wants to work in mechanical maintenance needs […]Read More
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Energy-Saving Tips on Heating, Cooling and Water Usage That Will Help People Save Money
We love our conveniences like air conditioning and lighting—so much so that we’re willing to spend money on them. And we spend a lot of money on energy. The average home spends about $2,000 on energy per year. 1 Is spending so much money on energy really necessary? We don’t think so. Homeowners and business […]Read More
What Is Evaporative Cooling?
Nearly half of residential energy costs are from HVAC units. Evaporative cooling can be less expensive to purchase and typically require less energy that other types of refrigeration. This technology has been commonly used in commercial settings like industrial kitchens, laundries, dry cleaners, greenhouses, loading docks, warehouses, factories, construction sites, workshops, and kennels. HVAC technician […]Read More
What Is Variable Refrigerant Flow?
Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system installations are increasing as the heating and cooling source in hotels, schools, and multifamily residential buildings. The VRF industry is expected to grow by 10.8 percent from 2016 to 2021. 1 What is VRF and why is its popularity increasing? Introduction to Variable Refrigerant Flow Unlike traditional central air conditioners, […]Read More
Air Balancing an HVAC System
There are regulations for many industries including HVAC. Air balancing an HVAC system is one of them. Let’s examine the importance of air balancing in HVAC. What is air balancing? Simply put, air balancing is a process of checking that an HVAC system is running efficiently enough for the occupants to be comfortable. There are […]Read More
What Is Geothermal HVAC and How Does It Work?
When it comes to environmentally friendly HVAC systems, geothermal heat pumps are a promising and increasingly popular option. Baby boomer customers are attracted to the energy savings geothermal HVAC systems offer. Millennials consider going geothermal because it’s better for the planet. 1 In fact, geothermal is expected to supply 10 to 20 percent of the […]Read More
HVAC Professional Conduct and Code of Ethics
As an HVAC technician, you obviously need to have technical expertise. You may also need good “soft” skills like interpersonal skills, especially when you work closely with customers. Depending on your range of responsibilities, business acumen and administrative knowledge may be vital, too. Another aspect that is very important in HVAC is overall professional ethics. […]Read More