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Money Saving Tips To Get Ready For Winter

Winter is fast coming upon us.  Are you prepared for the cold? Maybe you’ve take care to winterize your car and get last year’s winter coat out of storage, but what your home’s heater maintenance? Have you scheduled professional HVAC service yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

Do you realize that running your heater without the benefit of having regular heating service can cost the energy efficiency of your system? That’s right, and that could cost even more than you might think. Unless you take care of your system now, you may be paying for new heater installation sooner than you think.

Here are some tips to help you reduce the cost of keeping you and the family warm throughout the winter.

If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat. We all know that when you rely on humans to determine when to turn the heat up there is a lot of room for error. Many times, this is just inviting heater wars. By setting and forgetting about the thermostat, the family will find other ways to compensate when they feel a chill. They may even be encouraged to pull on a sweater and a pair of fuzzy slippers.

Larger homes with multiple stories certainly can benefit from installing different heating units to take care of these areas separately. This is particularly beneficial when some rooms are seldom used. This is also a viable option even for smaller homes whose occupants enjoy different temperatures. Your units will less making for better energy efficiency.

Night time is a good time to turn the thermostat lower and conserve energy. Layering on blankets or comforters is sufficient for staying warm during the night, and most of us sleep better anyway when the air we breathe is cooler. Just set your programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature just after bedtime and to a higher one just before getting up in the morning. Chances are that no one will even notice except you when you get your energy bills.

For hard to heat rooms, you may want to consider adding extra ductwork and registers or simply use space heaters. Space heaters are excellent when it comes to setting up a workshop in the garage, and when used carefully and according to manufacturer directions can help add comfort to any room.

Don’t wait until it turns cold to get your home ready for winter.

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Basic And Fundamental HVAC System Training

Technological advances in the HVACR industry have made it necessary for educators to come up with more innovative ways to train the new crop of service technicians. With HAVC systems controls and systems becoming more complex, educators have to train students on the basics and fundamentals before offering advanced training.

Although manufacturers are producing complex HVAC systems, the physics of applied thermodynamics and electrical principles remain unchanged. This implies that trained technicians who grasp the basic and fundamentals of HVAC systems can take care of the newer and complex systems.

HVAC instructors usually work within budgets that are not sufficient enough for them to acquire equipment and rely on electronic simulation. Some of the training grounds, which are conveniently located near HVAC systems manufacturers’ sites, can benefit from the experience and expertise of the instructors.

Instructors should be able to impart the basic and fundamental principles of HVAC working, and at the same time cultivate the trainee’s interest to aspire to work with modern complex systems. Today’s manufacturers are using advanced controls operated using computerized systems, some of which are proprietary. This development, according to many HVAC instructors, will eventually lead to revision of the syllabus to include IT training.

The HVAC industry needs sharper trained technicians who can work the complex systems produced by manufacturers. Proper training guides can only be developed by consulting the manufacturers, instructors and contractors. A holistic approach that incorporates instructor training and manual guides is crucial to trainees understanding the working of HVAC systems.

The industry is headed toward proprietary controls throughout the HVAC system. The complexity is further deepened by proprietary software running the units. This further complicates the HVAC instructor’s duty of setting a standardized training program. On one end, it means specialization in a particular unit leaving out the rest or having to take general units. Generalization will mean that service technicians will not delve very deep into the systems. The general rule of trade school is to bring out better technicians that understand the basics and that can later be trained on the advanced stuff.

Even though technology has changed a lot in the HVACR industry, the role of instructors remains vital and virtually unchanged. The HVAC instructor cannot be replaced by instructional tools. This is partly because the basic instructional methods are best suited to produce better qualified trained technicians. It is only through methods like explanation, illustration, reviewing, reciting and testing that instructors can impart the fundamentals and the basics of HVAC systems to students.