FAIRFIELD, N.J. - “What good is all the high efficiency equipment in the world, if it isn’t being installed correctly?” asked Tom Grunstra, Fujitsu General America’s national trainer for HVAC products, to a classroom full of installation and sales pros.
“Technology changes, and with these changes, we’ve got to change the way we install systems,” added Grunstra. And so, in addition to its new Halcyon Hybrid Flex Inverter ductless line, Fujitsu is introducing a new training program for distributors and installers.
“These aren’t the HVAC systems of yesterday,” said Grunstra. “As systems evolve, becoming more efficient and sophisticated, training needs to follow suit.”
The new variable-speed dc inverter, 4-ton compressor can send anywhere from 80 to 130 percent of its total capacity indoors, depending on the demand, greatly enhancing its efficiency and flexibility.
Through the use of separation tubes and distribution boxes, Fujitsu’s HFI outdoor unit can supply up to as many as eight indoor units, and as few as two. Because this adds a new facet to ductless system installation, Fujitsu has made its Halcyon HFI Hal-Tech online training course mandatory for contractors wishing to purchase the new equipment.
“Many installers have taken our FIT [Fujitsu Inverter Tech] course,” said Grunstra, “which is a prerequisite to the new HFIT [Hybrid Flex Inverter Tech] class.” The classroom and hands-on training takes place at Fujitsu’s Halcyon University training facility in Fairfield, N.J., and includes fully functional units, labs, and high-tech courseware.
The first step toward selling and installing Halcyon HFI systems is for dealers to complete an online training course, which is available on the Dealer Toolbox website. It consists of thorough training that familiarizes contractors with the new system’s installation and operation. When a dealer completes the online course, the Halcyon HFI logo also appears on the Fujitsu website for homeowners and business owners to see.
The new HFIT course will begin in October. Although the majority of the attendees will be distributors and installers, engineers and architects may also attend. New HFI equipment is applicable to commercial and residential applications. As with all Halcyon U courses, the new HFIT course is North American Technician Excellence (NATE) recognized.