Unitary + Light Commercial Heat Pumps: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 May 27, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn HVAC Offers Numerous Career Paths By Angela D. Harris Of The NEWS Staff T he Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the national unemploy-ment rate is hovering at 7.6 per-cent, but trade contracting, which includes the HVACR sector, is slowly on the rise. “Employment in specialty trade contract-ing has increased by 128,000 since September 2012,” noted a March report, issued by the BLS. “This gain is about equally split between resi-dential and nonresidential components.” While unemployment rates are edging downward in some states, the need for gain-ful employment is still a tangible necessity in most regions. The BLS is estimating an approximate 34 percent increase for demand of mechanics and installers between 2010 and 2020, and while the HVAC industry employs many installers and mechanics, its job reach extends well beyond those two positions. The industry is growing, and demand for qualified people both in the field and in the office is breeding an emergence of diverse HVACR positions. Now Hiring Careers at the contractor level include, but are not limited to, technician, installer, dispatcher, fleet manager, project manager, sales, service manager, human resources, payroll, contractor, and more. Dennis Purvis, service/account manager at Mechanical Services Inc., an Emcor Co., in Orlando, Fla., said that not only does the com-pany have many of the positions listed above, but it also has an in-house apprentice course for sheet metal and ductwork. The company also has certification and training for those inter-ested in IAQ inspectors and control technicians. “The HVACR industry thrives — even in times of a poor economy,” said Purvis. “With a good company, there is room for advance-ment, fair pay, and little fear of layoffs.” Moving beyond traditional positions in an HVACR contracting firm, those looking for • See CAREER PATHS | page 20 Optimizing Heat Pump Performance By Joanna R. Turpin Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Commercial Contractors • Andy J. Egan Co. (Grand Rapids, Mich.) earned its third Elite award in the Michigan Business and Profes-sionals Association’s (Warren, Mich.) West Michigan’s 101 Best and Bright-est Companies to Work For competition. • Bartingale Co. Inc. (Eau Claire, Wis.) past president J ack Bartingale re-ceived a lifetime achievement award from the University of Wisconsin Construction Club (Madison, Wis.). L ike most HVAC equipment, air-source heat pumps can provide a comfortable indoor environment, as well as save energy, if they are installed and maintained properly. The last point is key, notes the U.S. Depart-ment of Energy (DOE), as the difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges 10-25 percent. Regular maintenance is even more cru-cial for newer heat pumps, whose efficiency decreases greatly if not properly main-tained, said Rob McClintock, president, McClintock Heating, Cooling & Electrical Inc., Matthews, N.C. McClintock, who also operates as a Trane comfort specialist, said, “The system must be properly calibrated, lubricated, and tuned, otherwise it won’t last nearly as long or could even fail prema-turely. We recommend homeowners service their heat pumps at least once a year, though twice a year is ideal to ensure the systems • See OPTIMIZING | page 9 Manufacturers • Nest Labs Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) acquired MyEnergy (Boston). Organizations • ASHRAE (Atlanta) Guideline 1.4P, The Systems Manual for Facilities, is open for advisory public review until June 2. • The National Air Filtration Asso-ciation (NAFA) is accepting nomi-nations for its Clean Air award, membership awards, and NAFA scholarship through Aug. 1. Continued on page 4 a mechanical makeover Jeff Durbin, general manager of American Services, St. Louis, checks the chiller operation at the Hooters restaurant in St. Louis. The establishment received an HVAC controls and systems upgrade that provides easier, more efficient access to the eatery’s 1 million Btu boiler. See more on page 18. A end this FREE Webinar! DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: NavigatingThrough theR-TransitionSolutions forTodayTomorrow&Beyond d W N NW NE E DATEWEDNESDAYJUNE •TIMEPMEDT SW SE S Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.