Why is HVAC Important to Society in the State of Virginia?


Weather in Virginia is considered “mild,” but those of us who live here can anticipate some very hot days in July and recall some very cold days in January where HVAC is essential! The 2018 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac says, “Summer will be slightly hotter than normal, on average, with above-normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early to mid-June, early August, and mid- to late-August.”

Home and businesses will need efficient air conditioners this year!

What is HVAC?

The way we manage heating and cooling in our homes and places of business is through HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems. For most of us, comfortable air temperatures are very important; for those with health and allergy issues, a good HVAC unit can be life-saving.

Technology using solar is soaring, but solar panels work with HVAC units; they do not replace them. The technology is new and careers in HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) are challenging and exciting! The job outlook through 2026 is increasing much faster than average. If you want a career in a field that offers limitless possibilities, maybe you should consider a career as a HVAC Technology professional.

You’ve Got a Lot to Learn!

As of May 2018, one website had 2,887 HVAC jobs available in Virginia alone. “HVAC…work is a great blend of science, technology, customer relations, and marketing,” says one article. When you choose a career as a HVAC professional, you’ll need to understand the components of:

  • Air handlers
  • Air purification
  • Central air conditioners
  • Customer service
  • Deep media filters
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ductless mini-split systems
  • Ductwork
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Humidifiers
  • Hydronic baseboard heat
  • Thermostats

In the HVAC industry, customer relations skills are paramount! Your emergency-call clients can be frustrated (by the need for HVAC repair), irritable (from heat or cold weather), fearful (about the unexpected expense), or distrustful (of an untried technician’s abilities). Your goal should be to promote better care and regular maintenance of residential and commercial HVAC equipment.

Just Do It – Today Isn’t Too Soon

Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) can help you put your career on the fast track! In just 18 months you could be on your way to exciting and rewarding experiences as a HVAC professional. An Associate of Occupational Science in HVAC Technology with Service Management degree can open doors to working anywhere in Virginia – or in the world! Classes can include learning about and training in:

  • Air conditioning
  • Air movement
  • All-weather systems
  • Computers
  • Digital controls
  • Electricity
  • Health and safety
  • Heat pumps
  • Heating systems
  • Industrial psychology
  • Principles of air conditioning
  • Refrigeration
  • Service management
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Speech
  • Technical writing
  • Technology fundamentals

If you’re ready to get started, you can request information online or call 888-346-2315 and schedule an appointment with your admissions advisor.

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