Eric Kaiser and I had the pleasure of interviewing the man, the myth, the legend (and our friend) Jim Bergmann in this episode. As Jim's business has grown, there are a lot of new updates, activities and events happening and coming up soon. Go to the mQ site for more details, especially the resources page: https://measurequick.com/resources/ Some significant quotes and thoughts from the interview: Changing the culture in a company is hard to do; it must start from the top They don't make products like they used to, or is it you that hasn't kept up Manufacturers have refined their designs; installation instructions have serious details that they assume all techs will follow. NEWSFLASH: The measureQuick 2.5 Public Beta is available now with guided workflows! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqSN23giepQ Links mentioned in the interview: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-bergmann-2968178/ www.MeasureQuick.com https://measurequick.com/electrification-an-open-letter/ https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/technicalnotes/nist.tn.1848.pdf Podcast with Kevin Hart of Haven: EP111 https://buildinghvacscience.libsyn.com/ep111-putting-the-v-back-in-hvac-and-why-you-should-care-with-kevin-hart-march-2023 UPCOMING podcast (EP136) with Josh Teekell of www.SmartAC.com https://www.heatpumpsummit.org/ This episode was recorded in August 2023.
I've been meeting a lot of interesting people from the tech world in in the last year or so. My new colleague at Duckling, John Hoehn, Shelby Breger at Conduit and most recently, Brent Davidson. Brent has created the first US Heat Pump Summit coming up this November in Berkeley, CA- links below for details. He defines success for the event as the attendees leaving with many new, meaningful connections. It is structured to have a contractor focus so attendees leave with tactical knowledge to begin using immediately. In his words: “Everyone admitted to this conference is on the same team. Whether you got into this work for decarbonizing buildings or a good way to make a living, we all are here with the same goal - sell and successfully install more heat pumps.” The event is hosted in association with the Eneref Institute, and will feature expert-led training from a building science based approach, broad knowledge across topics including how heat pumps fit into a customer's home electrification journey, the future of the grid, and more. You should attend if you work primarily in heat pumps or building electrification. This summit's focus includes a few main areas: building science, smart tools, companies making heat pumps and building electrification hardware, software for sales and remote heat load estimation, companies connecting electrification customers with contractors, demand response tech, and HVAC pro's in the field. There's a great list of featured speakers including my pals, Joe Medosch and Eric Kaiser. I'll also be there broadening my network of connections. Head to the website, scroll to the bottom and join the Summit Community for: Discounted tickets Articles on new tech for contractors Invites to Heat Pump Happy Hours Summit updates Link to the Heat Pump Summit: https://www.heatpumpsummit.org/ Brent on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brentdavidson/ Email: Contact@heatpumpsummit.org Research Institute we mention: www.Eneref.org This episode was recorded in August 2023.
A simple episode where Eric Kaiser (ELK) and Bill Spohn (OverKill Bill) riff on TruTech's business philosophies: Core Values, Purpose and Niche and what kind of actions we take to put these words into action in the world. Also what we feel it means to be a good steward to the industry. OH and cheer on #HVACLIFE team in the Maine 70.3 Ironman on July 30, 2023 featuring Chris Hughes (TEC-13.2 miles running), Chad Simpson (Simpson Salute – 56 miles bicycling) and our own Eric Kaiser – 1.2 miles swimming). https://www.ironman.com/im703-maine Links mentioned in the podcast: Alabama Power training center: https://www.alabamapower.com/business/business-customers-and-services/hvac/hvac-training.html RESNET 2023 Proposals: https://www.resnet.us/wp-content/uploads/RESNET_Session-Topics_TOC_06-27.pdf RESNET 2023 Session Voting: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YQ0ezGAXFrmdwdaRht8K1Ga9YdGZQ7OhP9yWQDoxMGU/viewform?edit_requested=true&pli=1 RESNET Conference: https://www.resnet.us/conference-2023/ Magazine article on Building Science Summer Camp: https://www.jlconline.com/how-to/insulation/highlights-from-building-science-summer-camp_o Article on the 2022 United Association Event: https://www.pmmag.com/articles/104405-ua-builds-toward-the-future-with-68th-annual-instructor-training-program TEC Train the Trainer Event: https://energyconservatory.com/september-2023-hvac-system-performance-train-the-trainer/ HPC New England: https://building-performance.org/events/regional/new-england/ This episode was recorded in July 2023.
The 349 common connections Eric Kaiser and I share in LinkedIn speak a lot to the common perspectives we share. Yet, it's in the differences, in the weeds, where the conversation gets interesting. Please welcome Eric Kaiser as TruTech Tool's new Industry Engagement manager. And new co-host of this podcast. We call Eric the ELK, his initials, to differentiate him from my Co-Owner, Eric Preston. Let's get to know him a little better in this episode. Eric's links: Email: EKaiser@TruTechTools.com Eric's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-kaiser-323a1563/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/grapevinetv/ YouTube video on Entering the trades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqsSiT5dnRk The National Comfort Institute www.NCIhvac.com HVAC School Symposium: https://hvacrschool.com/events/4th-annual-hvac-r-training-symposium/ The Energy Vanguard blog: Allison Bailes: www.energyvanguard.com Building Science Corp seminars: https://buildingscience.com/upcoming-events-and-training This episode was recorded in June 2023.
In this short podcast, Bryan explains how rules of thumb (ROT) can cause duct issues. He talks about the role of friction rate in duct design as well as its intent and limitations. Friction rate is a value located on duct calculation tools, including Ductulators. We use friction rate to predict the operating static pressure of the system, but it is often misapplied when people design their ductwork around rules of thumb. The friction rate is expressed in inches of water column ("WC), which we also use to measure static pressure. However, the operational static pressure and friction rate are NOT the same things. Ductulators provide information about friction rate based on 100 feet of straight ductwork in the size selected, which we almost never see in the field; fittings and turns add effective length (EL), so the total effective length (TEL) is often more than 100 feet. When duct designers apply rules of thumb, like a 0.1" friction rate, and apply it to the CFM, they don't consider the actual length of the duct. So, the ducts are often undersized and don't properly account for the actual resistance to airflow. If you want to stop using rules of thumb, ACCA Manual D and related software can help you get more precise design parameters and account for other restrictions. The following tech tips contain more information and specific equations to help you find the total effective length: The Friction Rate Chart (and What it Means), What the Heck is a Friction Rate? (Eric Kaiser), How to Determine the Friction Rate for Residential Duct Design (Neil Comparetto). Learn more about the HVACR Training Symposium or buy a virtual ticket today at https://hvacrschool.com/symposium. If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
What do we do with our time? What did I do with my time in the last week? The Bangles said it best: … Time, time, time See what's become of me While I looked around for my possibilities In this episode, Bill is joined by Eric Kaiser where they share observations on products and events and the interesting people they engaged with during their 4 day excursion to the AHR Expo 2023. The AHR Expo: https://www.ahrexpo.com/ SUPCO TradeFox site and application: https://www.supcotradefox.com/ TruTech TradeFox page: https://www.trutechtools.com/supco-trade-fox.html Diversitech TradeInvent application: https://info.diversitech.com/tradeinvent-by-diversitech ASHRAE Standard 221: https://hvactoday.com/ashrae-221/ REFCO Inverter Checker: https://www.trutechtools.com/Refco-Inverter-Check-Kit-wData-Flow-Monitor_p_4930.html REFCO Gobi Condensate pump: https://www.trutechtools.com/Refco-Gobi REFCO Combi Condensate Pump: https://www.trutechtools.com/Refco-COMBI-Condensate-Removal-Pump-Universal-Voltage REFCO Karoo Condensate pump https://www.trutechtools.com/Refco-Karoo JB Climate Class probes: https://www.trutechtools.com/jb-climate-class.html Sauermann Combustion Analyzers: https://www.trutechtools.com/sauermann-combustion-analysis.html This episode was recorded in February 2023.
Eric Kaiser and Ty Branaman return to the podcast to talk about why we need to pay technicians and field workers better in the HVAC industry and how small and medium businesses can help current employees. When the pay for entry-level HVAC positions can't compete with fast-food, retail, or warehousing jobs, we can't expect people to flock to the industry, especially since so much skill is required. Overtime is also almost unavoidable in many places, and it's a problem that requires a more nuanced solution than getting more trucks on the road. The tricky part about paying more for overtime is that it's challenging to implement pricing structures that charge the end user proportionally. As prices for equipment, fuel, and living essentials go up, the company often has to eat those extra costs if they want to pay their technicians fairly. In some cases, HVAC businesses feel bad for the customer when the cost of everything increases, which could be doing a disservice to the techs who deserve higher wages for their work. HVAC companies can increase their value by setting themselves apart in their markets, such as by performing unique services that benefit customers; effort and skill are required, which can justify higher prices. We have to be realistic about what our competitors are selling and work towards selling comfort, not just parts or systems. Eric, Ty, and Bryan also discuss: Challenges with reducing overtime HVAC sales and higher pay rates Customers' willingness to pay Base pay and incentives How managers can take care of their employees Understanding employee motivation Using profits for personal luxury items vs. reinvesting in a business Knowing our numbers Understanding employee discussions about pay If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Ty Branaman and Eric Kaiser return to the podcast to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of trade schools. They cover the opportunities and challenges they've observed in trade schools. As with for-profit colleges, for-profit trade schools market programs aggressively and can take people who are at a crossroads in their life and saddle them with debt. In some cases, trade schools are hesitant to fail people and end up passing people who don't have the technical proficiency to be effective tradespeople. Sometimes, trade schools don't emphasize practical skills and contractors' experiences as much as they could, either. The tricky part about trade schools is their allocation of resources, which instructors typically can't control. Sometimes, too much money is spent on equipment, and not enough is spent on the instructors. There needs to be an appropriate balance of both in an effective program. Administrative distractions can also make programs less likely to produce effective technicians. The admission process also doesn't always sort people into appropriate classes; many people with low proficiency are put into classes that are too advanced for them. People are going into trade schools with less mechanical aptitude than in previous generations, and trade schools often skip over the basics of tool use. Students need to know how to use tools before they learn how to fix systems, and that tool proficiency needs to be reinforced. Continuing education is also more focused on paperwork than application and isn't as thorough as it probably could be. Ty, Eric, and Bryan also discuss: First-generation trade school graduates Administrative challenges with trades instructors Motivating students Instructor qualifications "PowerPoint teaching" Automated systems Bringing work experience to the classroom Where does podcasting fit into trades education? If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser and Ty Branaman return to the podcast to talk about getting more people into the trade. They focus on how the HVAC/R industry could be better at attracting and training skilled workers, not just getting more bodies to fill HVAC/R tech and installer positions. People are starting to see more value in skilled trades careers, but it's difficult to find people who share your company's values and want to grow as HVAC/R professionals. Skilled tradespeople need time, education, and money invested in them, so it can be difficult for HVAC/R business owners to make those investments when other jobs pay close to the same without the same degree of investment from the company and the employee. To attract more people to the trade, HVAC/R business owners ought to focus on how to give their employees a means of giving a good life. That means making incremental changes to employee pay, benefits, and training to make the trades a competitive option for people who want to improve their skills and grow. We could consider increasing entry-level pay to attract skilled people, allowing us to be more selective in our hiring. Performance reviews can also be more goal-focused to help HVAC/R talent grow within a company. Companies also ought to focus on training their tradespeople to use the many tools at their disposal nowadays; providing these tools and acknowledging the needs of employees will make the industry much more appealing and competitive. Eric, Ty, and Bryan also discuss: Labor organizations Making gradual changes to the industry Competing with other similar industries Changing landscape of job ads and applications "Back in my day..." Ways of providing tools If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser returns to the podcast to talk about how to become a better mentor. He explains the topic from the perspective of a mentor and a mentee. The goal of mentorship is to pass your knowledge on to someone else. When you give someone the knowledge to succeed in the HVAC/R trade, you move the trade forward and allow yourself to try new career opportunities when someone can replace you. Some of the most effective mentorship strategies establish the mentor as a guide rather than someone who spoon-feeds the mentee. Mentorship is about supporting discovery, which also builds the relationship between the mentor and mentee. Mentors can also learn from their mentees when they allow their mentees to discover the answers to their questions. Mentors can also benefit their mentees by talking about health, especially mental health. Those who have been in the trade a long time may know how to draw boundaries between their work and their personal lives; mentees can benefit from open discussions about those things, and it helps to know that their mentor cares for them. Good mentors help mentees prioritize their health and wellness and break mental health stigmas. Mentors can also share references to other possible teachers with their mentees. Those relationships are especially important for mentors who don't have all the answers. Mentorship provides the context for training, and those connections provide as much context as possible. Mentors can also be mentees themselves, and those relationships are what really advance the trade. Eric and Bryan also discuss: Online education vs. in-person mentorship The role of the apprentice or mentee The Socratic method Mentoring people about health and safety practices Bryan and Eric's mentors Recognizing who mentors are and treating them appropriately If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser joins the HVAC School podcast to talk about HVAC measurement types and the benefits of taking each one. He also talks about point measurements and data trends. Point measurements include static pressure, voltage readings, and readings provided by gauges. We only take those measurements once. However, when you track those on several occasions over time, you can build data trends. Single-point measurements give us information about what is happening at the moment, but they don't give us a long-term view of the system's health. Absolute and differential measurements also have different purposes entirely. Absolute measurements require us to compare a reading to a specific, unchanging reference point, but differentials compare one measurement to another. When we turn point measurements into trend measurements, we can see some degree of causation. Changes in data trends indicate that a problem occurred at a certain point in time and could be due to changes that coincided with the deviation from the norm. However, that's intermittent trending that relies on us to take point measurements at spaced-out points in time. Continuous trending allows us to use sensors and test instruments that map changes constantly. At the end of the day, point measurements are like snapshots, and continuous data trends are like videos; the former only shows part of the picture, and the latter can help us solve more difficult problems by giving us a more complete idea of what's happening. Eric and Bryan also discuss: Qualitative vs. quantitative measurements Filter restrictions and static pressure Gauge vs. atmospheric pressure Combined trend measurements How tool usage and calibration impact measurements Non-invasive testing Recorded data and sample frequency Comparative troubleshooting in spaces with similar equipment Resolution vs. accuracy vs. precision If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser returns to the podcast to talk about how we can use systems thinking to approach gas appliances and combustion in HVAC installation and service. Gas lines can be made of a few different materials, including black iron, copper, and CSST. These all have benefits, setbacks, and appropriate applications. For example, copper is common in propane (LP) systems but not natural gas. In coastal environments, galvanized pipe tends to be most common due to the increased likelihood of corrosion. Gas lines may also need sleeves to prevent them from interacting with moisture. The piping also needs to be routed in accordance with code; in many cases, joints need to be exposed so that a technician can check for leaks. Keeping joints inside walls is risky, especially when light switches cause sparks and could potentially ignite leaking natural gas. In any case, leak detection can be tricky unless you have a combustible gas leak detector and bubbles that work well for gas lines. Safety has to be the top priority when it comes to venting, especially on water heaters. A personal low-level CO monitor can also keep you and your customers safe by detecting small yet harmful amounts of carbon monoxide. Makeup air and combustion air are also important in gas appliances; unbalanced pressures may result in undesigned return paths. Traps and improper pitch may also lead to improper venting, as condensate may get trapped in the pipe and may lead to freezing or other complications. Eric and Bryan also discuss: Pipe material and flow rate Pipe sizing and connectors Regulator issues on gas water heaters and pool heaters Thread sealant products and best practices Bubble solution recommendations Signs and risks of backdrafting Exhaust pipe insulation Drain installation If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Some admins from the HVAC School Facebook group join the podcast to discuss the art of moderating a successful community. Bryan is joined by Eric Kaiser, Ty Branaman, Michael Housh, and Neil Comparetto. A community based on a skilled trade gives people an inviting space to share information and ask questions. It's also a space that allows people to practice how they present information. Groups also connect people across geographical locations, and we can get regional perspectives that change the way we think about things. However, community standards are necessary to keep groups professional and on-topic. Swearing is a slippery slope that may lead to personal attacks, which make the community hostile and unhelpful. The main goal is to keep a respectful atmosphere, and moderators have to draw the line somewhere, but there's a difference between cultivating a productive atmosphere and being dogmatic. People who interact in those communities need to do it for altruistic reasons, not to satisfy their egos. Giving detailed, accurate answers (ideally with a source to back up the information) is the best way to contribute meaningfully. Engaging in rigorous debates with an open mind is also a great way to see many different viewpoints. Debates in HVAC communities are great, but they require boundaries and mutual respect between debaters. Namecalling, blaming others, or dragging politics into the discussion is unproductive. Overall, it's best to stay positive and try to keep things helpful, and admins try to maintain an atmosphere that can be both serious and lighthearted but is always helpful and respectful. HVAC communities and groups are not places to share other groups, content, or job postings. These groups are not marketing centers; they are forums for learning and discussing the work we do every day. Ty, Neil, Michael, Eric, and Bryan also talk about: How they got started in online HVAC communities Unproductive arguments about codes Banning and muting members Receiving feedback Avoiding logical fallacies in debates How egos hold people back Trite and unproductive catchphrases, slogans, and jokes Responding to disagreements productively Communicating with people appropriately Admitting fault and refraining from judging others who are incorrect Moderating posts for quality and shareability If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser returns to the podcast to discuss high-voltage wiring, low-voltage wiring, and condensate assemblies as they relate to systems thinking. On the high-voltage side, the disconnect should be in a secure location, and it should be able to keep water out. The wires should be appropriately sized, have an appropriate level of tension, and should not be vulnerable to chafing or abrasion. Overall, best practices include using proper grommets and ensuring that you have a solid connection. Do not run high voltage wiring in parallel with low-voltage or control wiring. It's also worth noting that double-lugging is a poor practice that is against code. On the low-voltage side, you also need to be careful of where you route your wires to avoid induction, contact with hot surfaces, or abrasion. The insulation ratings also need to be appropriate. We can think of the condensate assembly as its own system. Condensate drains have uphills and downhills, and they may have traps, vents, and cleanouts throughout. Cleanouts and vents may be confused for each other, but cleanouts allow the technician to access and clean the drain. Cleanouts are also capped when in use, but vents are not. The location of a vent can help equalize the siphoning effects of pressurization. Condensate systems also consist of pans and switches. In those cases, redundancy is desirable to prevent overflowing. Secondary drain pans should be large enough to overlap with the primary pan, especially in horizontal air handlers. Eric and Bryan also discuss: Conductor length best practices Connecting stranded to solid wire Lug torquing Variation in wire sizing Testing low-voltage wires Cleanout tees Single vs. multiple drains with other appliances Drain pitch and if there could be “too much fall” If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser returns to the podcast to talk about how copper, piping, and line sets play into systems thinking. Nowadays, we have to think about POE and PVE oil, and we need to design line sets in a way that assists with oil carry while preventing liquid refrigerant migration. The height of the evaporator relative to the condenser is a major factor to consider during the design phase. Especially when chases are run underground, we need to watch for possible threats to the copper. Water softener discharge and excess pool water may damage the copper over time, and systems should be designed to keep line sets away from those. In many cases, Florida chases are sealed with mastic, which doesn't prevent water from getting in (but does prevent rodents and insects from entering the home. Flowing nitrogen is one of the best practices you can do while brazing. Nitrogen displaces oxygen, which contributes to oxidation and produces scale. When cutting copper, you will also want to make sure that you don't get copper shavings inside the tube. The pressure test is also an important step for leak detection. Following the manufacturer's instructions, pressurize the system and apply a liquid leak reactant (bubbles) to joints and other common leak points. It's a good idea to have at least one line drier in the system, and it should be able to work both ways in a heat pump system. Ideally, the line drier should be in a serviceable location, as it will be easier to detect restrictions when it's on the line set. Eric and Bryan also discuss: Air and vapor barriers Long line guidelines Underground chase depth Derate values Controversial reaming/deburring practices Line drier best practices If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Eric Kaiser joins the podcast to talk about systems thinking in HVAC. Systems thinking allows us to solve problems and address customers' comfort holistically instead of focusing on just the equipment. The key to systems thinking is to think outside the appliance. System design plays a major role in performance. Duct design, drain placement, and equipment placement all matter, and we can only do so much to mitigate factors of poor design. We need to assess the building envelope and consider how the HVAC system interacts with it. Building envelope and duct leakage will significantly affect HVAC performance and occupant comfort. Ventilation also matters, especially since many homes rely on exhaust-only ventilation. However, the air that leaves the building must be replaced, and we often don't control where that air comes from. When you control the source of your fresh air ventilation to meet ASHRAE 62.2, filtration may further help control the quality of the air that comes in. Installation and commissioning are other things we need to consider when thinking of the HVAC equipment systemically. The wiring needs to be correct, and we need to verify that the system is achieving the proper airflow in the first place. Static pressure is another factor that we must consider during commissioning, as an abnormal static pressure could indicate a filter that doesn't fit or is too restrictive. It's best to start by looking at the appliance and widening your scope from there until you know about the system as a whole. Eric and Bryan also discuss: Is the house a duct system? Oversizing equipment Stack effect Loose vs. tight houses Filtration best practices Radiant heat transfer Ductwork best practices Data trends of cause and effect If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
SCIENCE - In pursuit of understanding in the moment. Join us as Rachel and Eric Kaiser, a wife and husband team from Indianapolis, share with us their perspectives on HVAC Chemistry. If you've attended or watched Bryan Orr's HVACR School Symposium over the last 3 years you may have seen them present. We discuss the relative scales of time and size as well as the properties and impact of water on HVAC designs and decisions and so many other topics! We learn more about the scientific/chemical aspects of dirt on surfaces, coatings and filtration Some notable thoughts: Chemistry is like baking, only you shouldn't lick the spoon. Cooking is like jazz music- in its improvisational aspect. Watch Ty Branaman interview Rachel at the latest symposium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPqN5yUNChw And here are some links to many other podcasts that Eric has done on a wide range of topics from careers to tools to HVAC charging and more. https://ivy.fm/tag/eric-kaiser And we are proud to announce that Eric will be sharing his knowledge and skills and working with TruTech Tools on a regular basis beginning in June 2022. This episode was recorded in April 2022.
In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Eric Kaiser, a professor and neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn about sleep and cannabis research presented at the American Headache Society, and the inspiring work being done to better serve LGBTQ headache and migraine patients. Contact Our Host: Joe Coe, Director, Education and Digital Strategy at GHLF: email@example.com We want to hear what you think. Send your comments, or a video or audio clip of yourself, to TalkingHeadPain@GHLF.org. Catch up on all our episodes on our website or on your favorite podcast channel. To receive headache/migraine related resources, giveaways, and latest episode releases, text the word "Headache" to 1-845-285-1563 to sign up.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Brynn Cooksey joined Eric Kaiser for a podcast about internal apprenticeship, its benefits, and how to make it work. Brynn is the general manager of Air Doctors Heating and Cooling LLC, a well-respected HVAC contracting company in Detroit, MI. Air Doctors Heating and Cooling LLC has its own in-house apprenticeship program based on Department of Labor guidelines. The apprenticeship program caters to new techs out of trade school and focuses on rigorous training. There is some administrative paperwork, but there are no additional administrative expenses. The only expenses of the apprenticeship program come from training and wages. Most of the administrative work comes from recordkeeping. Bumps in pay come with milestones, and RSES certification is available at the highest level of Brynn's program. Once techs receive their RSES CM, they become official journeymen and continue to learn more about the trade through incentivized training. The technicians at Air Doctors seem to like the training program. The program is very structured when it comes to training, hours, and pay, so the techs like predictability. Reduced callback rates are positive effects of the apprenticeship program; Brynn's current callback rate is less than 1% (was 3% before the program was put into place). The apprenticeship program is easy to set up with the government, and it makes companies eligible for national and local grants. Approved apprenticeship programs can also take advantage of other benefits, including labor scouting to grow the workforce. Everything about the apprenticeship program recognition process was free. Many businesses can take advantage of these programs to grow their workforce and train promising technicians who can transform the business. Email Brynn for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Bill Spohn joins Eric Kaiser and Kaleb Saleeby at AHR 2022 to talk about his experiences designing and living in a home with NetZero HVAC. NetZero HVAC refers to system design with tight coordination with the house to make it as efficient as possible. Some of these systems are so tight and efficient that they approach passive house standards (0.6 ACH50). Bill lives in a modular home that also generates more energy than it consumes, and it doesn't rely on natural gas. The greatest expenses of Bill's NetZero home came from all the custom factors, as it didn't make sense to price many of the features on a square-foot basis. The heating and cooling system is also unique, as it is completely separate from the ventilation system, which is a Build Equinox CERV. On the IAQ side, the CERV monitors outdoor temperature and humidity, indoor CO2, and indoor VOCs. Bill also has a HAVEN central air monitor inside the CERV system as a backup. Bill's HVAC system is an air-source heat pump that provides two tons of heating and cooling and has low-temperature capabilities. The two-ton unit works for a 4400-square-foot home. Bill, Eric, and Kaleb also discuss: Energy independence Controlling radiant heat gains and window construction Construction and material fabrication Monitoring energy usage Energy recovery ventilation (ERVs) Thermal bridging at work in Bill's walls Knowledgeable customers Jim Bergmann's help with troubleshooting Radon issues Bill's podcast Solar inverters Measuring tool accuracy You can learn more by listening to Bill's podcast, Building HVAC Science. You can subscribe to the podcast on any podcast app of your choice or get an overview at https://buildinghvacscience.libsyn.com/. You can also check out Bill's blog at https://spohnhome.com/. If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Collin Olson, the staff physicist of The Energy Conservatory (TEC), joins Eric Kaiser at AHR 2022 to talk a bit about data logging. Data logging refers to the act of using sensors to record data over time and then analyzing that data. TEC dipped its toes into data logging with the APT and then TECLOG. Data logging allows us to take and store multiple readings as well as extrapolate data into graphs, making it easier to analyze performance. The TECLOG4 software is the most up-to-date version. TECLOG is a simple software to use with basic training. The understanding of building science continues over a lifetime, but the actual software can be learned in approximately 30 minutes. TECLOG is free with TEC's hardware, such as the DG-1000. To get started, all you need is a precision manometer and a computer. However, it's worth nothing that the DG-1000 stores a lot of data, meaning that you can launch data logging sessions on the gauge without your computer. Some of the most important measurements are related to drafts and backdrafting. There are 250 Pascals in an inch of water column, and the DG-1000 can pick up very small changes in the Pascals and can indicate when depressurization happens and when it poses a risk. Improperly installed vents can also produce alarming drafting conditions due to air density; data logging can pick up that sort of information. Collin and Eric also discuss: The history of TEC's APT Wind and its effect on building pressures Event markers and hotkeys The link between depressurization, flue gases, and weather conditions Managing multiple blower doors at a time Check out TEC's software, including TECLOG4, at https://energyconservatory.com/downloads/. If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Steve Rogers from The Energy Conservatory (TEC) joins Eric Kaiser to talk about airflow measurement at AHR 2022. Steve is an expert in fluid dynamics and flow measurement, and he is a trainer in addition to being the president and CEO of TEC. Airflow is one of the most critical elements of an HVAC system; it allows us to move the correct amount of BTUs to condition the air properly. We have various ways of measuring system airflow and airflow to a space. We can use the TrueFlow grid for the former and flow hoods for the latter. When it comes to measuring airflow, calibrating the instrumentation is crucial. TEC uses a laboratory-grade orifice plate to calibrate the tools. So, the calibration process manages to yield high accuracy while using a low-maintenance device. To begin measuring airflow properly, start taking the total external static pressure (TESP) and looking at fan charts. TESP doesn't actually measure airflow, but it provides an idea of what the airflow might be like, and it's a practical, useful measurement in the field. The TEC TrueFlow grid has recently been upgraded, and it's a good step up from taking the TESP and referencing fan charts. It goes into the filter slot and measures the CFM per ton as well as the static pressure. Steve and Eric also discuss: Airflow's effect on latent and sensible cooling Blower door setups and chambers References for accuracy Relationship between static pressure and airflow Is the hand-ometer an acceptable form of airflow measurement? Challenges of pitot tubes and hot-wire anemometers Learn more about The Energy Conservatory at https://energyconservatory.com/. If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
Jim Fultz from Emerson joins Eric Kaiser at AHR to share his knowledge of universal boards and controls. Jim's work focuses on electronic controls within the White-Rodgers brand. Common White-Rodgers universal controls include the SureSwitch and universal defrost controls. The SureSwitch also has sealed contacts, which prevents insects and debris from shorting out the contacts. This past year, White-Rodgers debuted the All-Spark, which doesn't need electricity to be powered up and can be programmed right out of the box. The All-Spark works on all sorts of appliances, not just boilers and furnaces. Universal controls are generally safe to put in combustion units, even gas furnaces. New controls go through rigorous testing before they hit the market. The controls MUST stay within the OEM's guidelines; otherwise, they won't make it to the market. Sometimes, when boards need to be replaced, we also need to upgrade the igniter to match the voltage of the new board. The goal of universal controls is to save time and hassle for the technicians and the customers, which makes it easier to make sales. It's also easier for the distributor to get fast and accurate solutions to the technicians, especially when OEM parts may not be immediately available due to supply chain issues and normal shipping expectations. Jim and Eric also discuss: All-Spark benefits and features Manufacturer-specific vs. general universal controls White-Rodgers nomenclature Controls instructions Distributors and sales reps Evolution of controls for direct-spark and hot-surface ignition Training techs to install controls on equipment Learn more about White-Rodgers controls at https://climate.emerson.com/en-us/brands/white-rodgers. If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
In this short podcast from AHR 2022, Leilani Orr and Eric Kaiser talk with the president and CEO of Malco Tools, Rich Benninghoff. Rich discusses some of the exciting new tools that Malco is bringing to the market and some plans for the future, especially when it comes to education. Malco has developed the Eagle-Grip, which is a set of locking-handle pliers made in the USA with American steel. The tool is currently in a soft launch; it is currently receiving a lot of interest, so Malco has been building up inventory, forming partnerships across industries, and collecting market feedback. One of Malco's most exciting products is the C-RHEX line of cleanable, reversible magnetic hex drivers. These hex drivers come in many sizes and are easy to clean; the cleanable and magnetic features are especially important, as the buildup of metal resin and clippings can decrease tool longevity and effectiveness without proper cleaning. Malco has also been focusing on trade schools and education through “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good.” The initiative gives back to the community and provides career and education-enhancing opportunities to young people who are serious about the trade. Over the next decade, expect to see Malco continue investing in product innovation. Rich is excited to grow the brand and help the HVAC, automotive, and other industries along the way. Rich also covers: Malco's history with sheet metal fabrication Relying on customers for feedback and ideas “Head of the Class” program Providing tools for shop classes in local school districts Learn more about Malco Tools at https://www.malcoproducts.com/. If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE. Check out our handy calculators HERE.
In the first part of the podcast, Dr. Jason Crowell discusses the business of Alzheimer disease and how to approach teaching patients about aducanumab with Dr. Jason Karlawish. In the second segment, Dr. Jennifer Bickel talks with Dr. Eric Kaiser about the contribution of melanopsin and cone signals to light-induced reflexive eye closure in migraine.
Eric and Zack continue their open HVAC discussion. Alpine Mechanical Services is a self-performing HVAC service and maintenance provider to multi-site commercial properties and due to continued growth are now hiring in multiple areas across the east coast. They are looking for commercial HVAC Technicians in areas such as Boston, Hartford CT, Philadelphia, Trenton NJ, Baltimore, and Manassas VA. Visit alpinems.com/careers to apply today.
Zack talks with Eric Kaiser about a variety of HVAC topics. Questions from the live chat were also answered. Alpine Mechanical Services is a self-performing HVAC service and maintenance provider to multi-site commercial properties and due to continued growth are now hiring in multiple areas across the east coast. They are looking for commercial HVAC Technicians in areas such as Boston, Hartford CT, Philadelphia, Trenton NJ, Baltimore, and Manassas VA. Visit alpinems.com/careers to apply today. Watch my YouTube Channel! HVAC Shop Talk YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/talyn875 Listen to my podcast! HVAC Shop Talk Podcast - https://workingjoes.libsyn.com Help make the shows possible by donating through SubscribeStar! https://www.subscribestar.com/zack-psioda Get live stream notifications via text for our shows! HVAC Shop Talk Notifications - https://forms.gle/5LWLkHBeTioET9hd7 Follow our Facebook pages HVAC Shop Talk Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/hvacshoptalk Follow our Instagram HVAC Shop Talk - https://www.instagram.com/hvacshoptalk/ Contact me Zack Psioda Email – email@example.com Shop for HVAC test equipment at TruTech Tools. They have a great selection and the best customer service! Use our “SHOPTALK” discount code to save 8% off your order at checkout. https://www.trutechtools.com/
In today's podcast, Eric Kaiser and Bryan talk about mentorship in the HVAC industry. They discuss what it means to be a good mentor, how to find a good mentor, and what it means to be mentored. Mentorship is an organic process. Most mentees don't go up to someone they respect and formally ask that person to be their mentor. Respect is the foundation of the mentor-mentee relationship; formal mentorship often resembles friendship in many ways. However, mentorship can take more forms than the traditional mentor-mentee relationship. In the digital age, podcasts and YouTube channels that readily share information about a skill are resources that can fulfill the same role as a traditional mentor. A good mentor has a willingness to explain the how and why behind a question or process; they don't give simple answers. Good mentors must also be able to provide resources for their mentees; they know the limits of their knowledge and are willing to find those answers with their mentees. Often, the better mentors are humble and don't flaunt their experience. Good mentors want to see their mentees do well and grow; they don't want their mentees to follow and copy them. The support in the relationship goes both ways. The mentee must want to support their mentor, not compete with them. Mentees must be willing to start conversations and ask for clarification; an ineffective mentee waits for answers to be spoonfed to them. Good mentees are also willing to challenge their mentors at times [respectfully]; they don't excessively flatter their mentors. Bryan and Eric also cover: Personal growth Online mentorship resources Cultish mentors Outgrowing and leaving mentors “Stealing” in mentor relationships Unproductive mentorship Honoring mentorship If you have an iPhone, subscribe to the podcast HERE, and if you have an Android phone, subscribe HERE.
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Seit Oktober 2016 übersteigt die Zahl der weltweiten Such-Anfragen von Mobilgeräten die der Desktop-Geräte. 56 % alle Suchanfragen im Netz wurden 2020 von Smartphone- und Tablet aus getätigt (Europa). Googles Antwort auf diese Veränderung der Such- Gewohnheiten heißt: „Mobile-First-Indexierung“ – und betrifft das Ranking jeder Website. Insbesondere, wenn Seite für den Aufruf von einem Desktop-Rechner gestaltet wurde und beispielsweise das responsive Design außer Acht gelassen hat. Der Suchmaschinengigant setzt also voll auf mobiles Surfen.
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Eric Kaiser started wood carving for a simple reason: he wanted a creative challenge. He decided to focus on one subject only, over and over. Birds. This fascination gave Eric a career and a passion that has lasted him over thirty seven years.
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As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, we wanted to make sure you were aware of a few things you should be doing in your home before it starts getting too cold. We were recently joined by our friend, Eric Kaiser of High Altitude Heating and Air, to give you three steps to keep your house safe and warm this winter. Let’s get to the list! 1. Have your thermostat checked. During your regularly scheduled service maintenance appointment, I would also have the technician check your batteries and make sure that everything is working properly. 2. Don’t forget to check your filter. It’s the life breath of your HVAC system. It should be changed every few months. 3. Reach out to a professional like Eric. We always encourage you to reach out to a professional like Eric, who can help you with all of this. He will be able to check your furnace for safety, proper operation, and do a carbon monoxide check as well. “We always encourage you to reach out to someone like Eric.” If you have any questions for Eric or need his help getting your home ready for winter, give him a call at (710)-357-6465. If you have any other questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.