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Introduction to Thermostat Wiring

More and more homeowners are upgrading to smart thermostats and HVAC technologies these days. Once you complete your HVAC training and start working in the field, you could find yourself switching out old bimetallic thermostats for their modern counterparts. One of the first things you’ll see when you dismantle the thermostat is a system of […]

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HVAC/R Tool Calibration

HVAC/R technicians use a variety of instruments to test whether or not equipment is working correctly or in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Such instruments can measure temperature, pressure, and electricity, as well as detect refrigerant leaks and gas leaks. To ensure these instruments are providing accurate readings, technicians or manufacturers must test and calibrate […]

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How to Become an Energy Star HVAC Contractor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for contractors who want to learn all about best practices in HVAC design and installation. 1 As an Energy Star contractor, you can connect to leaders in the building industry. Becoming credentialed with an Energy Star program can also help you stand out among your competitors. 2 What […]

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Windows and Home Energy Efficiency

When most people think of making their homes more energy efficient, they think of more energy efficient appliances. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t necessarily mean spending thousands of dollars on new appliances. Windows may be as good of an option. Before making any decision about windows and window treatments, the Department of Energy […]

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Furnace Maintenance 101

HVAC professionals visit residential and commercial properties to perform maintenance on heating and cooling equipment. Since most property owners in the U.S. use furnaces, working on them often occurs in the fall and winter. 1 What Is a Furnace? Before you start working on furnaces regularly, it might help to know how they work. A […]

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How Long Do Furnaces Last?

After you complete your HVAC education and enter the field as a technician, one of the most common questions you might receive from customers, is when to repair or replace aging HVAC equipment. In winter, customers are usually concerned about their furnaces. There are several factors influencing how long a furnace lasts. 1 The International […]

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