The HVAC industry is growing faster than ever, with a majority of HVAC business owners expecting to see at least 10% growth in the next year. That means there’s going to be a significant rise in HVAC continued education if dealers are going to keep up.
Currently, more than 1 million people work in the HVAC industry… and that’s just in the U.S.! If you own an HVAC business, or work in the HVAC industry, then you know it’s not uncommon to feel the effect of labor shortage in our industry.
This is leading local dealers to more frequently hire people with little or no HVAC experience. But let’s be honest — while you desperately need skilled HVAC technicians, you don’t have the time to train them on your own, and yet you still need them to do the job, and do it well!
Let’s take a look at how you can prep your new HVAC tech for the job.
What Your New HVAC Tech Needs to Know
If your new hire doesn’t know anything about the HVAC industry, then it’s a race against the clock to teach them everything they need to know so they can help your business succeed. To get them up to speed, sign them up for some HVAC company training, where they can learn all the HVAC essentials.
So what do they really need to know about? We’ve made a list of the top six.
1. System components
Every heating and cooling system is made up of major and minor components. Your HVAC tech should know the parts and pieces that work together to make a comfort system function.
2. System design and installation
While your HVAC tech doesn’t have to know all the details about how system design and installation tie into mechanical engineering, they should understand the importance of system design and installation.
3. Efficiency requirements
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has placed minimum energy efficiency standards on the appliances and equipment we use at home every day. This includes air conditioners, so your HVAC tech should know efficiency requirements and the role they play in the HVAC industry.
4. Indoor air quality (IAQ)
There are three basic strategies to improve indoor air quality, including source control, improved ventilation, and air cleaners. Your HVAC tech should be well-versed in IAQ and understand why it’s such a big part of the HVAC industry.
5. Comfort controls
Your HVAC tech already knows that comfort controls control the temperature, but that’s not all they do. They also help heating and cooling equipment maintain the optimal temperature setting while being energy-efficient, and your HVAC tech should know all the details about comfort controls.
6. System options
There are many types of HVAC systems on the market right now, from split systems to duct-free systems, and your HVAC tech should know all the options currently available, as well as the benefits of the most efficient systems.
Invest Today for Profits Tomorrow!
HVAC company training makes it easy for you to prep your new HVAC tech for the job. Once they complete training, you can confidently send them out into the field knowing that your current investment in their HVAC education will earn you long-term profits. At Grandy & Associates, we’ve developed a class specifically designed to help business owners prepare new personnel for the job. Register today!