Top Three Ways to Maximize Your HVAC Technician Earning Potential

The future looks bright for many HVAC technicians, with more jobs and opportunities for higher salaries on the horizon. The construction industry is booming, and more buildings mean more work. HVAC technicians with the right skill sets will be in high demand. The landscape of the industry is changing though, as technology plays a bigger role in building operations and maintenance.

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A Facility Manager’s Guide to Understanding Scale and Why You Have It

When looking for efficiency killers in your plant, scale build-up in your hydronic equipment can be an obvious culprit. Facilities that use water for cooling and heating or power generation are most susceptible to the kind of heavy scaling that can reduce productivity. This is seen in pump pressure increases, approach temperature increases, and an increase in fuel consumption. When this happens, it’s time to take a look at possible scale accumulation.

So where did all that scale come from? While there are different types of scale, they can all be attributed to minerals within water falling out of suspension and depositing on surfaces. For many plants, these surfaces can be in the fill of cooling towers, inside pumps, or inside the tubing of heat exchangers.

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How the Increased Use of HVAC In Winter Creates More Allergen Buildup

Facility HVAC Management in Winter - AllergenThe results are in and according to groundhog legend, we’re in for a few more weeks of winter. That’s not welcomed news for some in this country as snowstorms have already extended into regions of the country rarely experiencing anything but the odd flurry. Hazardous weather keeps many people indoors for days and sometimes weeks, without any fresh air. This means HVAC systems and furnaces must work overtime to keep the air warm while maintaining indoor air quality.

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Why Disinfecting Schools May Require Industrial Grade Disinfectants

This flu season is one of the worst in over a decade, and our schools have seen the worst of it. Unlike previous seasons, the current strains of influenza are affecting seemingly healthy young people, even those that have had a flu shot. At least 9 schools in Texas have closed for at least one day due to the number of students absent with flu. Experts say cases likely ramped up in January due to children returning to school and estimate we have several weeks left in this flu season to go.

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The Importance of Duct Cleaning for Indoor Air Quality

This winter could break temperature and snowfall records across the country. For most of us, staying inside is the only defense. Avoiding the outdoors may keep us safe from dangerous weather, but we face another danger from the inside. The air quality inside a building begins to worsen when there are less fresh outdoor air and an increase in people and animals. Poor air quality is not only uncomfortable but can be bad for your health.

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