North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is trending in the industry right now, and it has been well before “trending” was even a thing. It serves as a sense of reliability to homeowners, a symbol of professionalism to employers, a mark of confidence to manufacturers, and a source of pride to technicians. So, no matter what your role in the industry is, there are countless reasons to #celebratewithNATE.
Source: NATE Certifiably Celebrates 20 Years
The amount of hours technicians are trained, the types of training required, and the trainings technicians attend are all fluid elements HVAC contractors must navigate on a case-by-case basis.
Source: The Evolution of HVAC Training
The explosive growth of smartphones has led to hundreds of apps that can provide instant access to help anywhere and anytime it’s needed.
Source: The Golden Age of HVACR Software
Three main, key issues that impacted most contractors, manufacturers, distributors, and organizations included the 92 percent mandate, regional standards enforcement, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) refrigeration alternatives.
Source: An Update on 2016 Regulations
The rooftop air conditioner standards — which will cover new units found on low-rise buildings, like hospitals, schools, and big-box stores — will take effect in two phases, increasing minimum efficiency by about 10 percent as of Jan. 1, 2018, and by 25-30 percent as of Jan. 1, 2023.
Source: HVAC Industry Prepares for Rooftop Regulations