Particularly in regions with temperature extremes, large industrial plants, or cities with high construction rates, there’s a strong demand for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2021) projected that openings for HVAC/R mechanics and installers nationwide would swell 5 percent between 2020 and 2030, which is just slightly slower than the average growth anticipated across all US occupations during that time (8 percent).
Furthermore, the 356,960 skilled workers in this field command an average annual salary of $54,690 (BLS May 2021), substantially more than other fields requiring a similar postsecondary education level.
Despite the favorable projections, it’s difficult to be a truly great HVAC/R contractor without the support of others. To provide the best design, heating, and cooling installation and mechanical know-how, it is vital to connect with other professionals and be involved at the forefront of HVAC/R technology. These organizations are the most influential in today’s business, providing independent contractors with opportunities for certification, national recognition, and international collaboration.
Membership in one of these organizations makes a person a better-informed HVAC/R contractor, but it also pushes the air conditioning and heating science to ever-new levels of sustainability, safety, and comfort for those benefiting from the services.
Here are ten must-know HVAC/R professional associations.
Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA)
The AMCA is designed to provide education, legislative protection, and standards for businesses and individuals who work in the air control industry. They are a huge influencer of national standards for designing and installing air conditioning units, having created documentation that covers benchmarks from duct-sizing to air conditioning sound levels. Members must sell AMCA scope products, so this is an organization perfect for HVAC/R professionals who also sell full units.
To be eligible for membership as an AMCA member, applicants must be involved in the designing, fabricating, assembling, and selling of product(s) that fall under the AMCA product scope as a regular public offering. They should submit a completed application which will then be reviewed by AMCA staff. The staff member will also visit the applicant’s location to verify whether the applicant manufactures AMCA scoped products. The application is then finally reviewed by the AMCA Board of Directors for approval.
The AMCA publishes more than 60 standards and publications, including application guides, testing methods, safety guides, educational texts, and a Certified Rating Program (CRP). The CRP assures that ‘a product line has been tested and rated in conformance with AMCA International’s test standards and rating requirements’.
- Who Should Join: Membership is open to all companies that manufacture or hold the design of a product falling under the scope of AMCA. Members are mostly manufacturers, but this organization also welcomes resellers as affiliates and suppliers as associates.
- Benefits of Membership: Members enjoy a host of benefits such as member discounts, membership meetings discussing issues of interest concerning the industry, maintaining industry relations with other organizations, attending periodic engineering conferences, AMCA testing laboratory access, and more.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Founded in 1894, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers is an American society that seeks to advance HVAC/R systems construction and design. With over 50k members from more than 132 nations, this organization focuses on indoor air quality, energy efficiency, building systems, and refrigeration within this industry. ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s environment through research, publishing, continuing education, and standards writing.
Members of the ASHRAE include some of the most influential technicians, educators, and HVAC/R legislators in the US. As the largest and most influential HVAC/R organization, it gives members unparalleled access to education, certification, and collaboration across every subset of the industry. Members can find research on topics like green energy systems and sound pollution. They also hold an annual meeting that allows members from around the country to share insight and best practices for every area of HVAC/R.
- Who Should Join: Its members include building servicing engineers, mechanical contractors, architects, building owners, and many others who are concerned with the designing and construction of HVAC/R systems.
- Benefits of Membership: Members have access to endless technical resources such as monthly ASHRAE Journal, quarterly HPB Magazine, and discounts in the Bookstore. They can build connections with a global community of professionals. Also, ASHRAE members have various insurance products available to them.
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)
Since 1933, RSES has been the authority for refrigeration training in the US. That focus has resulted in an incredible depth of knowledge for the organization, exhibited by the monthly RSES Journal. The organization also encourages cutting-edge research and promotes training on well-understood methodologies. The RSES conference is one of the major industry events and draws thousands of HVAC/R professionals annually.
Apart from delivering educational programs, RSES also publishes several industry training materials for benefiting HVAC/R professionals throughout their careers. The training provided by RSES covers all aspects of this HVAC/R industry.
It also provides several certifications such as NATE, EPA Section 608, R-410A certification, and many more. These certifications signify that HVAC professionals have the technical knowledge, skills, and other requirements for installing and servicing today’s complex HVAC/R systems effectively.
- Who Should Join: All individuals actively engaged in the HVACR industry. This includes contractors, engineers, instructors, sales, students, service technicians or installers, and operations or maintenance personnel.
- Benefits of Membership: Apart from training, certification preparation, timely information, and education, RSES members enjoy reduced rates on a variety of goods and services for themselves and their family members.
Indoor Environment Energy Efficiency Association (ACCA)
The ACCA’s claim to fame is that it is not just an organization for HVAC/R companies, independent contractors, or customers; it represents the interests of all three. As a member of the ACCA, HVAC/R techs gain access to thousands of potential clients through the “Find-A-Contractor” service on the website. They also run conferences for service managers and office managers in addition to their national combined meetings.
Including more than 60k professionals and 3k company members, this association provides its members with education, advocacy services, and networking opportunities that support their interests while also championing the national health of the HVAC/R industry. Finally, the ACCA offers nationally-recognized accreditation and certification for HVAC/R professionals.
- Who Should Join: Everyone associated with the HVAC industry. This includes contractors, manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, school members, utility companies, facilities operators, and those doing business with HVAC contractors.
- Benefits of Membership: ACCA members have access to exclusive online resources, downloadable templates, customizable marketing materials and articles, networking events, educational opportunities for growing their business and their career, and several hours of online on-demand learning. They will also have the opportunity to connect with other contractors.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
This is the gold standard in professional associations for those focusing on energy-efficient systems and designs. The CEE was developed by a group of Canadian and US energy efficiency managers to create energy-effective products, services, and buildings. Their main goal is to change policies relating to energy efficiency and is a great place to grow for those seeking to participate in sustainable HVAC/R practices.
The CEE not only develops or implements the programs delivered at the local level, but it also influences national players such as manufacturers, government agencies, and stakeholders to maximize the impact of efficiency programs. The association also supports cross-cutting tendencies in behavioral programs and evaluations.
Members of the CEE work together to advance the market availability of efficient services and products.
- Who Should Join: CEE members include municipal or investor-owned utilities, provincial or state energy offices, nonutility program administrators, and government agencies. Apart from program administrators, non-profit organizations focusing on energy efficiency may also join.
- Benefits of Membership: Through Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), program administrators regularly get the attention of manufacturers for moving markets forward. CEE also has the process and relationships for delivering market access.
United Association (UA)
The UA represents contractors in the plumbing, pipefitting, and mechanical servicing industries. HVAC/R is one of the main areas that they serve. Through an agreement with the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), the UA offers a wide range of training and nationally recognized certifications in areas like energy audit, backflow prevention, industrial rigging, and non-destructive testing. UA also is very involved in legislation and protecting the rights of its members by seeking provisions for pay, benefits, and working conditions.
Representing approximately 355,000 pipefitters, plumbers, sprinkler fitters, welders, and service technicians in North America, the United Association provides the most premier training programs, including extensive journeyman training and five-year apprenticeship programs, numerous certification programs, and a comprehensive, five-year instructor training program.
Applicants to the United Association must be at least 18 years of age, undergo an interview, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be physically capable of performing work.
- Who Should Join: Anyone in this industry looking for a career that will provide them with good wages and retirement security can join UA. Members of the UA work in various industries, including commercial buildings, residential markets, small and large industrial projects, shipyards, and pipelines.
- Benefits of Membership: Members of the United Association are provided with great medical insurance, a future of high pay, and one of the best pension plans in the nation. They get top-quality education learning about the latest technologies. Members of UA will always be able to improve and expand their skill set, which makes them more desirable to employers across the nation.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing the science of mechanical engineering to improve the quality of life. Many of ASME’s key leaders are influential builders and researchers on HVAC/R systems, making this an excellent organization for getting the most cutting-edge information. ASME is also the leader in developing codes for safety in mechanical engineering and provides training opportunities and awards for HVAC/R technicians that develop new processes and procedures that enhance science.
Established in 1880, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers consists of more than 90k individual ASME members, over 23k student members, and has more than 135 countries with ASME members. This association trains around 5,000 individuals annually.
Members of ASME always stay updated with the latest trends in this field through the ME Magazine and other weekly and daily newsletters. They can also take advantage of other resources for enhancing their professional development through journals, discounted courses, AccessEngineering (an online technical reference tool), papers, and more.
- Who Should Join: ASME offers professional as well as student members. The community is composed of engineers, researchers, academics, and others interested in mechanical engineering.
- Benefits of Membership: Several benefits come along with the membership. Some of these benefits include access to the ‘Mechanical Engineering Magazine’- an award-winning flagship publication of ASME, several discounts on merchandise, ASME branded products, and travel, and special pricing for online learning courses, books, journals, conferences, and proceedings. Additionally, ASME has collaborated with McGraw-Hill Education to provide AccessEngineering, an online reference tool containing hundreds of titles embedded with interactive graphs and calculators.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
The MCAA is the parent organization for the MSCA, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the John R. Gentille Foundation, and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. This organization aims to provide benchmarks for training contractors in every area of mechanical work, including HVAC/R.
Serving the unique needs of around 2,600 firms involved in HVAC/R, piping, plumbing, and mechanical service, the MCAA provides its members with the highest-quality educational programs and materials helping them attain the best level of technical and managerial expertise. MCAA has around 47 student chapters at universities and colleges across North America.
MCAA also offers many online and in-person learning opportunities for mechanical industry professionals.
- Who Should Join: Anyone interested can join. It is ideal for corporations supplying services and products to mechanical contractors. Also, others who do not supply products or services to the industry but have a strong interest in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), are welcomed. This includes general contractors, electrical contractors, and more.
- Benefits of Membership: MCAA’s members of the manufacturer or supplier council will enjoy promotional and networking opportunities through a variety of programs. Their company will also enjoy a host of discounts and resources available exclusively to MCAA members.
Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA)
One of the two organizations that represent contractors for radiant heating, the RPA is focused on building the skills of its independent contractor membership. Members have access to radiant heating research, cutting-edge installation and fitting techniques, and collaboration with other professionals.
The association also sponsors Radiant Living Magazine, the Radiant Comfort Guide, and the Radiant Hydronics Report, which support those in the “radiant heating & cooling and snow-melting fields.” Please note that the RPA also offers training for the ASSE Standard 19210 Hydronics Heating and Cooling Professional Qualification examination. This comprehensive three-day course covers all aspects of hydronic and radiant system installation.
Manufacturing members of the RPA are involved in producing the tubing, heat sources, valves, emitters, and controls used in walls, ceilings, and radiant floors. Architects and engineers are designing efficient radiant hydronic systems for commercial and residential applications, including in-floor heating, space cooling, and snowmelt. Contractor members of the RPA install heating/cooling systems throughout Canada and the US.
- Who Should Join: Membership categories include: Contractors and dealers, distributors, manufacturers, design professionals, non-profit or educational organizations, associates (such as independent sales representatives, utility companies, and trade associations), students, and IAPMO associates interested in the industry.
- Benefits of Membership: RPA members will connect with other members who have several years of experience. They will learn smart business tactics from successful members who are not their competitors. The certification program provided by RPA proves that its members possess top-notch skills through which they can make a big difference.
International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)
The IIR is the only international forum for professionals in the air conditioning, cooling, and refrigeration fields of work. Members work with technologies such as cryogenics, air conditioning, refrigeration processes and equipment, refrigerants, and heat pumps. The IIR focuses on developing these technologies in an environmentally sustainable way to improve the quality of life for people across the globe. One of the key benefits of belonging to this organization is an international collaboration and yearly conferences on HVAC/R concepts.
Founded in 1908, the International Institute of Refrigeration comprises 59 member countries and consists of thousands of members and more than 300 experts. Its network covers over two-thirds of the world’s population. IIR’s functionality is ensured by three statutory bodies: General Conference (defining the general policies of the Institute), Executive Committee (ensuring control of the financial and administrative activity of the Institute), and Management Committee (monitoring the functioning of the IIR).
- Who Should Join: The members of the IIR’s working groups include experts, engineers, technicians, and professionals in the refrigeration sector.
- Benefits of Membership: Members of the IIR benefit from a wide range of products and services, including the International Journal of Refrigeration and its directory of expertise. Every member of the IIR benefits from reduced registration fees for IIR conferences. The amount of reduction is approximately equivalent to one year’s membership fee per conference and per member.
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- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) ...
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ...
- Connecticut Heating and Cooling Contractors Association (CHCC) ...
- Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) ...
- Indoor Environment Energy Efficiency Association (ACCA)
- Daikin (Japan) Daikin is currently leading the chart of the world's top 10 largest HVAC companies. ...
- Ingersoll Rand (US) ...
- Johnson Controls (Ireland) ...
- LG Electronics (South Korea) ...
- United Technologies (US) ...
- Electrolux (Sweden) ...
- Lennox (US) ...
- Nortek (US)
- Carrier Corporation (“Carrier”), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation;
- Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. (“Goodman”), a subsidiary of Daikin Industries, Ltd.;
- Rheem Manufacturing Company (“Rheem”);
- Trane Inc.
The heat exchanger is the most important part of your heater or furnace, because it's the tool that heats the air. Typical, furnaces pull air in from the outside. The heat exchanger heats the air quickly, and the air is blown into your home.What are the four major components to all HVAC systems? ›
There are four major components of an air conditioning system. They are the evaporator, condenser, compressor, and expansion valve.How many brands of HVAC are there? ›
There are about six HVAC equipment manufacturers in the U.S. today, but they operate under more than 150 brand names. Here are some brands that come off the same manufacturing lines — just different paint, labels, and marketing: Lennox, Armstrong and Concord.What is the most reliable brand of HVAC? ›
- #1 Carrier.
- #2 Bryant.
- #3 Goodman.
- #4 Lennox.
- #5 Trane.
- #5 Rheem.
- #7 American Standard.
- #8 York.
In 2014, Samsung Electronics acquired Samsung HVAC as a wholly owned subsidiary. Samsung HVAC is chartered to build a network of Samsung partnered Spec-in sales representatives and Distributors to specify, design, train, stock and sell, and support Samsung HVAC products.Who makes HVAC systems? ›
|Company Name||Location||Year Founded|
|Goodman Manufacturing Company||Houston, TX||1975|
|Carrier Corporation||Farmington, CT||1915|
|Trane Inc.||Davidson, NC||2007|
|Lennox International, Inc.||Richardson, TX||1895|
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and the well-integrated system will include all these parts. Smooth operation of your HVAC unit can maximize energy efficiency and ensure that maintenance is rarely required.
- The type of air conditioning system.
- The size of the system and the available space.
- Ducts and ventilation.
- Cooling loads.
- Energy efficiency.
- Health and safety requirements.
The six main air conditioning components that homeowners should be aware of are the thermostat, air blowing unit, air filter evaporator, condenser coil, and compressor.What are the basics of HVAC? ›
- The furnace. The furnace takes up a majority of the space in an HVAC system. ...
- The heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is not part of the furnace. ...
- The evaporator coil. ...
- The condensing unit. ...
- The refrigerant tubes. ...
- The thermostat. ...
- The ductwork. ...
- The vents.
- Heating and cooling split systems. ...
- Hybrid split system. ...
- Duct free (Mini-split) ...
- Packaged heating and air conditioning system.
- Refrigerant. Refrigerant (also known as coolant or by its brand name Freon®) is a special fluid that is vital to cooling and freezing technology. ...
- Compressor. ...
- Condenser Coil. ...
- Expansion Valve. ...
- Evaporator Coil.
The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886. Bosch is 92% owned by Robert Bosch Stiftung, a charitable institution.Who owns Goodman HVAC? ›
Goodman ManufacturingWho owns Lennox HVAC? ›
Lennox International is owned almost entirely by members of the Norris family, which has controlled the company since 1904; John W. Norris, Jr., is chairman of the board and chief executive officer. About 100 descendants of founder D. W. Norris own shares of Lennox.Are Lennox and Trane the same company? ›
Carrier vs. Trane vs. Lennox Air Conditioners Differences.
|Brand models||Energy efficiency(SEER)|
|Basic Ac Units||Lennox XC14||16|
|Carrier 24 ABC6||16|
|Tier||Make & Model||SEER|
|Best performance||Goodman GSXC 20 Trane XV20i||24.5 SEER 22 SEER|
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner over a typical cooling season, divided by the energy it uses in Watt-Hours. It may also be called a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.Which AC brand lasts the longest? ›
Which AC Brand Lasts the Longest? If adequately cared for and maintained, the longest-lasting air conditioner is Carrier. Carrier air conditioners are made with high-quality materials and are efficient and long-lasting.Who owns Daikin? ›
|Daikin headquarters at the Umeda Center Building in Kita-ku, Osaka|
|Founded||October 25, 1924|
|Headquarters||Umeda Center Bldg., 2-4-12, Nakazaki-Nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8323, Japan|
|Key people||Masanori Togawa, (CEO and President)|
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment with the ENERGY STAR® label meets or exceeds federal guidelines for energy-efficient performance.What is the HVAC industry? ›
Defined: HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.How many HVAC companies are there in the US? ›
There are over 105,000 HVAC companies in the United States – that's a lot of choices for homeowners to select from! In most cities and towns across the country, there are multiple heating and air conditioning companies which serve the same area.Who owns Carrier HVAC? ›
Carrier Corporation was acquired by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in July 1979. Prior to the acquisition by UTC, Carrier Corporation was known as the Carrier Air Conditioning Company. International Comfort Products (ICP), headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, was acquired by Carrier in 1999.Who owns American Standard HVAC? ›
The parent company of the Trane and American Standard brands was the manufacturing giant Ingersoll Rand until 2019/2020*. IR acquired the company (formerly The Trane Company) in June 2008 for a reported $10.1 billion.
The furnace and blower motor are two major parts of a home HVAC system.What are the two parts of an HVAC system called? ›
Central air conditioning systems utilize two main components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor evaporator. The outdoor condenser is housed inside a metal cabinet with slats, called fins, along the sides to direct airflow.What is HVAC and its components? ›
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; therefore, the design of such systems is mostly accompanied by some air ventilating and cleaning processes that are integrated with these systems. In the following sections, we will take a closer look at the major components of HVAC systems.Why is HVAC important? ›
The main purposes of a Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system are to help maintain good indoor air quality through adequate ventilation with filtration and provide thermal comfort. HVAC systems are among the largest energy consumers in schools.What are some of the things to be considered when designing HVAC system? ›
What sort of factors are there to consider when designing HVAC systems? Well, there's equipment sizing, ductwork installation, ventilation, design protocols and code compliance to name a few.What are the important factors which will influence the working of an air conditioning system and explain why? ›
The desirable conditions may be temperature, humidity, dust particle level, odor level, and air motion. It is known that the physical properties of air can be controlled by cooling, heating, humidification, and dehumidification. These processes may be employed to maintain specific conditions desirable for comfort.Which gas is used in AC? ›
Freon is a non-combustible gas that is used as a refrigerant in air conditioning applications. This freon undergoes an evaporation process over and over again to help produce cool air that can be circulated throughout your AC system.How many parts does a HVAC system have? ›
There are nine parts to your HVAC system that you should be familiar with the air return, filter, exhaust outlets, ducts, electrical elements, outdoor unit, compressor, coils and blower.What are four areas that need to be checked during start up HVAC? ›
- Ensure correct settings. It's an easy mistake to make! ...
- Check your air filter. ...
- Clear the area around your outdoor unit and spray the foils of the unit clean. ...
- Open all of your vents. ...
- Perform a test run.
One very important part of all HVAC systems is the basic refrigeration cycle. It contains four major components: the compressor, condenser, expansion device, and evaporator. The system pipes refrigerant through these four components in a loop, giving the cycle its name and keeping your home cool!
Most refrigerants found in air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers contain fluorocarbons, and many fluorocarbon compounds contain chlorine. Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants were commonly used in equipment manufactured before 1995.What is BMS HVAC? ›
A Building Management System (BMS) is a computer-based system installed in buildings to control and monitor mechanical and electrical plants, including; HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems.What are the 3 main types of refrigeration systems that are used in commercial building HVAC systems? ›
- Variable-air-volume (VAV) systems with a packaged rooftop unit.
- Chiller, cooling tower and boiler systems.
- Water-source heat pump systems with a cooling tower and boiler.
Learn More. The Daikin VRV system is a multi-split type air conditioner for commercial buildings that uses variable refrigerant flow control developed by Daikin to provide customers with the ability to maintain individual zone control in each room and floor of a building.What are the 4 components of HVAC system? ›
There are four major components of an air conditioning system. They are the evaporator, condenser, compressor, and expansion valve.What is the most important part of HVAC? ›
The heat exchanger is the most important part of your heater or furnace, because it's the tool that heats the air. Typical, furnaces pull air in from the outside. The heat exchanger heats the air quickly, and the air is blown into your home.What is the inside HVAC unit called? ›
The inside part is known as the “cold side” and the outside part is the “hot side.” There are obviously more than four parts that make up your air conditioner, but so as not to overwhelm you, these are the four critical ones you should know about: the evaporator, condenser, compressor, and expansion valve.