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HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

By Jul DeGeus

It’s summertime; a blistering 101 degrees outside, with humidity so stifling you can barely catch your breath. However, you are cool as a cucumber- sprawled out on the couch, watching Stranger Things in preparation of the season two release date, all thanks to your hardworking air conditioning unit. Midway through your viewing, you decide to change into shorts, as the discomforting heat of your pajama pants is distracting your ability to fully submerge into the storyline.

You make your way upstairs and it hits you; a stagnant wall of heat, so sweltering you debate whether your body can muster the energy to make it to the thermostat to fix this terrible situation. Channeling your inner Eleven, you brave your way to the AC control unit just to find that, despite multiple attempts, your AC unit has died, putting an unexpected end to your series splurging marathon.

Vowing never to let a broken ac unit interrupt your plans again, you realize your life’s mission: Become a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician to save the population from overheating or freezing to death.

Technician working on an HVAC unit.

But what exactly do these every-day HVAC heroes do and how does one join the ranks of these noble technicians?

Well, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC technicians preform the following tasks:

  • Set up and/or fix AC units
  • Preform regular inspections and maintenance
  • Test parts of the unit to determine the source of the issue
  • Once identified, repair or replace damaged components
  • Survey HVAC systems and suggest cost and energy effective changes
  • Assemble HVAC systems, including electrical wiring, air ducts, and other necessary parts.

And, just as Batman taught Robin, Ironman mentored Spiderman and Antiope educated Wonder Woman, all technicians must get the training they need before taking on the world of HVAC. To start that training, check out Tidewater Tech’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning diploma program, now!


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