Teaching the next generation of HVAC technicians is an ever-evolving task. New products with advanced features are constantly released, classroom instruction methods are developed, student behavior changes, and no two students learn at the same pace. However difficult the task may seem, HVAC Excellence is poised to lead the charge via its 2017 National HVAC Educators and Trainers Conference.
The 2017 IE3 Show, held March 20-22 in Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed a record-breaking number of attendees this year, drawing in people from all throughout the country. Featuring 26 workshop sessions that included both roundtable discussions with industry veterans and ask the expert sessions where contractors could ask professionals questions on varying issues, the show was quite an informative success.
A few months ago, I wrote a Duct Dynasty article on the ideal duct system. The most frequent comments and questions I received about this article were regarding branch takeoffs. So, I thought it would be fun to take a deeper look at branch duct takeoffs and how to overcome some of the most common problems associated with them.
In mid-November, President-Elect Donald Trump announced a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure over the next 10 years — more than twice the proposed plan of President Barack Obama and more than three times the last congressionally approved infrastructure plan. With unprecedented spending in repairing and expanding the nation’s airports, highways, bridges, and pipelines, building product manufacturers and installers must be ready to effectively place their products and services in the hands and minds of decision makers to ensure inclusion in new projects. Preparation for the next 10 years of projects must begin now, and few manufacturers and contractors have cohesive plans to become specified in the long term.
Telltale signs your company is headed for an audit
April 3, 2017
There is no doubt that we’ve come a long way from the 1990s, when there were very few people who knew the tax code and could fill out a paper IRS form properly. Now, technology is widely available, and many can create and file their own returns in a matter of hours and avoid any issues going down the road.
Comprising a significant amount of total heat pump demand
March 29, 2017
Demand for air source heat pumps is forecast to increase 2.5 percent per year through 2021 to $2.1 billion. Air source heat pumps comprise a significant amount of total heat pump demand, largely due to the easier installation requirements and lower initial costs than geothermal heat pumps. Air source heat pumps also compete more directly with other HVAC equipment and are a viable heating and cooling option in most buildings.