What you didn’t know about air conditioning contractors
Although most people simply assume that HVAC contractors are part of the central air and heating contractors who install furnaces for heating and air conditioning units for cooling, HVAC contractors have a private history that began in the decade 1900’s when machines to build heating and cooling units began to be established. HVAC contractors became a separate part of the heating and cooling industry in 1946 and were represented by their own groups exclusively interested in HVAC.
In 1968, HVAC contractors and air conditioning manufacturers came together to form the Air Conditioning & Contractors Institute. The ARI deals only with manuals and technology or technologies that pertain exclusively to refrigeration or air conditioning units.
Another group formed out of this effort to try to unite heating and cooling contractors and manufacturers into one group. The merged group of heating and cooling contractors was named the National Association of Environmental Systems Contractors, which was later changed back to Air Conditioning Contractors of America, although it still supposedly represents HVAC contractors in America. Obviously, the choice of names to identify themselves as heating and cooling contractors has been an ongoing problem since 1927, if not earlier, when an earlier organization, the National Hot Air Heating and Ventilation Association, published brochures about its products and services. Apparently, air conditioning does not refer exclusively to air cooling, it can be any artificially devised method of maintaining the temperature of any environment through the use of air conditioning units.
If a contractor wants to become an HVAC contractor, they will need to be aware of not only the various methods and products available in their profession; but he will also need to know how to read the fine print related to insurance policies and business agreements and other information found in manuals. Air conditioning contractors are responsible for the services and products they use to install their air conditioning units or to enable users of their products and services to control their habitat. To become a successful HVAC contractor, one must follow the manufacturers’ instructions and also be aware of the laws, if any, that apply to ventilation and other air conditioning issues.
An HVAC contractor should have access to the best products available, as well as technical advice on their installation. When an HVAC contractor undertakes to modify the living conditions of a home, office, or other place where people live, he is also responsible for their safety. HVAC contractors must be both technologically and verbally adept at meeting the needs of their clients and following the legal boundaries of their profession. The art of this is to be as effective and non-obtrusive as the essential element air conditioning contractors have to deal with, the air. How to heat the air we breathe and how to cool the air we breathe is called HVAC. Keeping ourselves safe while doing both; it is the responsibility that HVAC contractors are responsible for.