With the election of our latest President here in the states, a new vitality has been placed into the HVAC industry. It is perceived by many people at decision making levels that a new era has come to us that will usher in new legislation to control taxation and thereby boost manufacturing of various kinds of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies. Indeed, with the profound emphasis on sustainable practices and the introduction of “smart” technologies, the HVAC industry is expecting production, installation, and maintenance to increase over the next few years.
The future of employment for HVAC technicians is great. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) the career field will grow 21% right through to 2022. There are approximately 292,000 HVAC technicians currently working and in the coming years, one technician must be added for every five already working in order to meet the demand.
What HVAC Technicians Do
That man or woman who has come to install or repair your system is responsible for a great number of tasks and duties while at your home or business. In addition to many different calculations of air pressure, air flow, tonnage measurements, and a host of other decisions they will have their hand in the following:
HVAC technicians are trained to install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. They may specialize in other areas such as radiant heating systems, solar panels, testing and balancing, or commercial applications. HVAC technicians are responsible for adherence to government legislation in regard to the use of refrigerants, disposal of fluids, and use of other pressurized gases.
Technicians in HVAC must also call into play communication skills to inform customers of repairs or changes that need to be made, new technologies that would decrease their energy expenditure, and impact them to consider a maintenance contract to keep their system performing well.
HVAC technicians are tasked with taking the thoughts, theories, and concepts from the world of science and make them real in the lives of customers. The concepts of physics, air flow, mechanical relationships, and electrical circuitry are sophisticated. But, the technician must make these theorems real in the every day life of the homeowner or business owner. The technician is the one who brings it all together.