Much of Canada experiences long cold winters and hot, sweltering summers, which is why local homes and businesses tend to use a lot of energy in order to stay warm or cool. All that energy consumption is expensive and can often have a negative impact on the environment. In response, many Canadians have recently begun investing in green HVAC technologies.
Once you begin your career as an HVAC technician, you are likely to come across a number of these exciting new technologies. Familiarizing yourself with more efficient technologies could help you land more work after you graduate from your program and enter the workforce.
Read on to learn about some of the ground-breaking technologies you may work with during your career.
1. The Internet of Things Meets HVAC: Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats allow homeowners to monitor and control their home’s heating and cooling right from their smartphones and tablets. That gives them the power to reduce their energy consumption when they aren’t home. After completing your HVAC technician training, you’ll be equipped with the skills and technical know-how to install different types of thermostats, ensuring you’re fully prepared when clients hire you to install their smart thermostats.
North American Trade Schools will prepare you to install many different types of thermostats
2. Using the Earth’s Natural HVAC System: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps have actually been around since the 1940s and they have long been popular in Northern Europe, however, in Canada, they are less common. Heat pumps use the natural heat within the Earth to keep homes warm and they may be used as either a standalone or a complementary heating system. Thanks to recent Ontario government incentives, you can expect to see and work with geothermal heat pumps in homes after HVAC school.
3. Green HVAC Meets Luxury: Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant floor heating has been around for quite some time, but it has recently grown more common in North America. While luxury items are often associated with having negative effects on the environment, this is not the case where heated floors are concerned. In fact, this luxurious heating system is actually quite energy efficient. Because the heated floor has a larger surface area than a wall radiator, for instance, it generates heat more evenly, and will make a room feel warmer when it is at a lower temperature because of this. Whereas with a radiator, there may be areas of a room that are still cool even when the temperature is set higher.
Once you graduate from NATS, you may be hired to install energy-efficient heated floors for clients
4. The Future of HVAC Technician Training: DeVAP Air Conditioning
You may not see this air conditioning system in homes or businesses for a long while, because it is not yet commercially available, but perhaps you’ll work with DeVAP air conditioning someday. Developed by US government researchers, this revolutionary technology combines the forces of evaporation and dehumidification and could end up cutting energy consumption of traditional air conditioners by a whopping 90%! Once these air conditioners become more widely available, expect them to completely change the way homes and offices are kept cool.
Are you ready to take the first step towards a rewarding career as an HVAC technician?
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