The Types Of Jobs Available In The HVAC Industry!

by Glenn Maxwell

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are immensely popular all over the world. Following their emergence in the early 1900s, integrated air conditioning systems have evolved into complex and highly capable environmental control mechanisms. In some countries – such as the United States of America – HVAC systems are installed in vast numbers. According to the United States Census Bureau, 91 percent of homes across the USA have some kind of air conditioning system installed in them. However, the use of HVAC systems varies massively across different zones within the USA – largely based on the environmental conditions. While only 44 percent of homes in Seattle have a HVAC system, 99 percent of homes in the Texan city of Houston have some kind of air conditioning fitted. In hot states like California, Texas and Florida, central heating units have been almost entirely replaced by HVAC units in domestic use.

Because of the sheer size of the HVAC industry, plenty of specialist jobs have sprung up to support it. For technically minded people in search of a stable job, the HVAC industry might be the perfect spot to look for a role. Here is a guide to some of the most prominent kinds of career paths that are available within the HVAC industry. Even if you are reading this article as a consumer, it should prove useful to you. Knowing the roles of the people that you may potentially need to hire to help you out when finding the right people for the job that you need completing.

HVAC Installer

Installers offer one of the most important HVAC services around: safely and efficiently integrating a HVAC system into a home or business. It might sound like installers have a simple and one-dimensional role, but this is far from the truth. HVAC installers have to carefully study the architectural layout and structural integrity of a home or business before working out what will be the safest and most energy efficient installation. They then have to budget for the equipment and time needed for the installation before carrying it out in a way that makes the most use of a space. Installers need to be careful and considerate negotiators as well as thorough practical workers. Choosing the most efficient duct pathways, system connections and components takes a great deal of expertise.

Air Conditioning Technicians

Air conditioning (AC) technicians have an immensely important job. They are often the first point of contact for homeowners and businesses that have a faulty or broken=down HVAC system. Air conditioning technicians need to have investigative acumen and the ability to systematically work through a troubleshooting list before finding the right solution to the problem. ‘The right solution’ often involves the installation of new parts and the exchanging of potentially toxic liquids and gases. For this reason, AC technicians need to be very safety=conscious. They also need to be familiar with electrical theory. Modern HVAC systems are increasingly controlled by complex digital thermostats that require specialist diagnostic tools to be repaired. Good AC technicians keep up to date with all the latest developments in environmental control technology. AC technicians must be familiar with the concepts and technical knowledge behind the implementation of Internet of Things networks. An Internet of Things network is one in which systems communicate with each other with minimal human involvement – constantly improving performance.

HVAC Engineers

HVAC engineers are the workers primarily responsible for the design of complex HVAC systems for buildings. Although individual heat transfer units may be relatively standard, the actual ducting system is completely unique to each HVAC system that is installed. It is the job of an HVAC engineer to find out the most energy-efficient ducting layout for a building. In large buildings, inefficient ducting can end up costing the owners huge amounts of money. An HVAC system’s ducts are a large interconnected series of tubes that transport hot and cold air around a building. In recent years, a great deal of effort has gone into the production of more efficient ducting systems.

HVAC engineers use their engineering background to develop mathematical protocols for the efficient development of air conditioning and heating systems. Like any other kind of engineer, they are expected to leave absolutely nothing up to chance. HVAC engineers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or architectural engineering. In many states. they are required to have a certification issued by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.  This society was founded in 1894 and is the largest organization of its kind in the world. Such is the authority of the society that international members have joined its ranks in huge numbers. Societies are immensely important in the world of engineering. They help to quantify standard practices within specific fields and reduce the amount of bad quality engineering as a whole.

Renewable Energy Technicians And Engineers

The Earth is in the throes of a dreadful environmental calamity that threatens the very existence of human society as we know it. In response to this, a great deal of effort is being made to transition from a reliance upon fossil fuels like oil to a reliance upon renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources such as wind, water, and solar energy are now being utilized more than ever – largely as a direct response to the climate crisis. HVAC systems are increasingly being designed with renewable energy sources in mind. Some advanced HVAC systems use ground heat exchange in order to efficiently store and remove heat. Some systems use solar cells to generate the energy needed for an electric furnace. Renewable energy technicians and engineers are absolutely essential in the creation, installation, and retrofitting of environmentally-friendly power generation or capture sources. The future of the HVAC industry is highly reliant upon the utilization of renewable sources. Interestingly, HVAC will become more important to a significant proportion of the world’s population as the climate becomes increasingly extreme due to global warming. The HVAC industry is due to experience growth – but it must grow responsibly.

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