What is HVAC and How Can It Help High School Students?

The main purpose of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is to ensure good indoor air quality (IAQ) through proper ventilation with filtration and to provide thermal comfort. Air conditioning systems are among the most energy-consuming systems in schools. The acronym “HVAC” stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. HVAC technicians are responsible for installing and repairing systems that regulate air quality within a building.

Many technicians acquire knowledge about residential or commercial buildings, or both. Historically, the air conditioning industry was managed by manufacturers of air conditioning equipment, but regulatory and standardization organizations such as HARDI (International Association of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors), ASHRAE, SMACNA, ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), the Uniform Mechanical Code, the International Mechanical Code and AMCA have been established to support the industry and promote high standards and accomplishments. Commercial professionals and HVAC technicians work for contractors and companies that offer installation, maintenance and repair services. As mentioned above, HVAC or HVAC service technicians work to install, maintain, repair, or replace air conditioners, climate control systems, heating equipment, ventilation units, refrigeration equipment, and more.

It is possible to start without an HVAC degree, but that is not the ideal way to become a professional HVAC service technician. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are collectively referred to as HVAC, and professionals who work in this industry are referred to as HVAC technicians or HVAC technicians. They respond to customer calls, identify problems or faults in HVAC equipment, and resolve common HVAC problems.

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