In recent years, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) has accomplished several educational milestones. Whether it’s the ARI curriculum guide, the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), or the widely popular Instructor Workshops, training is a major goal of the organization. But educating the industry is nothing new for ARI. In fact, training and education has been a continuous endeavor for the organization.
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) was officially organized in 1953, primarily to give this new industry a united voice. Secondarily, but perhaps more importantly, the Institute collected its technical forces to create standards against which A/C and refrigeration equipment could be tested, and to create industry-wide certification programs to verify the products’ performance.
For many years, HVACR manufacturers have been making products that quietly and effectively keep homeowners and business owners comfortable, healthy, safe, and secure. The issues of health and safety are nothing new, but they have become increasingly important as end users strive for indoor comfort that goes beyond simple heating and cooling of the air.
Fifty years ago, comfort control for U.S. businesses and homes was just beginning to become a reality. But visionaries from our fledgling industry saw the future. They knew that with innovation, mass production, and ARI’s standards of performance, air conditioning could evolve from a privilege for the rich to a way of life for everyone.
Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. contractors had the opportunity to snorkel in and parasail over the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico during their Fall Conference 2002 in Cancun. They also attended a number of idea-sharing seminars.
It was lights, camera and action recently as www.hvacchannel.tv brought a live broadcast over the Internet to subscribers from a small studio tucked in the rear of an inconspicuous office building in suburban Atlanta. The occasion was a series of HVACR industry updates.
Jim Shell put a simple question to attendees during his seminar on zoning at the Texas Chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (TACCA) 2002 Fall Conference. “Why zoning?” he asked. “The simple answer is people are uncomfortable at home and at work,” said Shell.