How Much Does an HVAC Refrigeration Mechanic Make in Virginia?

In 1771, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, was appointed to be the Royal Governor of Virginia in Williamsburg. Already governor of New York, Lord Dunmore sent a grievance to the King of England, complaining about, among other things, Virginia’s summer heat. Although Lord Dunmore left power centuries ago, his observation on Virginia’s stifling temperatures  [...]

4 Ways Green Technologies are Changing HVAC Jobs

Today’s heating and air conditioning business climate is constantly evolving.  From changing building codes, stricter enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, and updated equipment technologies, HVAC technicians and HVAC businesses must evolve along with a rippling business climate.  Of course, the movement toward green technologies and green energy is affecting contractors globally, and tighter EPA regulations on HVAC  [...]

Finding a Trade School for Veterans: 5 Questions to Ask

As a military veteran, you might be looking to use your GI Bill to get an education and create better career opportunities. If you’re eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you can get as much as full coverage of your tuition and fees, money for supplies and books, a monthly housing allowance, and more. The tough  [...]

How to Become a Heating and Refrigeration Mechanic in 3 Easy Steps

Modern technological advancements have reshaped the HVAC-R industry. Today’s equipment can connect with tech-savvy thermostats to alert residents immediately of any issues and new eco-friendly units are more attractive than ever. These improvements have led to an increased demand for knowledgeable HVAC-R technicians who’re adept with the latest equipment and can evolve with technology. This all leads up  [...]

Trade School vs. College: Which Should I Choose?

John Venn invented his Venn Diagram in 1880. The diagram is a classic organizing tool in which two items are compared, one existing in a left circle, another existing in a right circle, and their commonalities existing in the overlap. We can use it even in this computer-driven world to compare two ideas: attending trade  [...]

12 Killer Scholarships & Grants for Trade School Students

You might think that scholarships for trade school are hard to find. This is not the case; most states have vast listings of locally available scholarships, lending sources and grants that can be used for vocational schools. Finding an accredited, reputable trade school gets you part of the way to success; locking in a money  [...]

HVAC Training Courses: The Ultimate Success Guide

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians are skilled tradesmen that specialize in the installation, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems. These systems provide heating and cooling for residential and business properties and often have commercial refrigeration applications. Most states require technicians to obtain a license before providing HVAC services. This is not a field where  [...]

Which HVACR Technician Jobs are the Hottest Right Now?

Welcome to the icy hot world of HVACR—heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. With heating, cooling and ventilation present in almost every modern building, your imagination is the limit as far as careers go. A trained HVAC technician can handle everything from sales and installation to repairs on most residential and light commercial applications. This  [...]