Skilled Trades

HVAC Video Tips from Mike Rowe

Skilled TradesDecember 14, 2016

Mike Rowe is still known as “the dirtiest man on TV,” a reference to his days as host of “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” which paid tribute to the men and women who do the jobs the rest of us can’t…or won’t do.

A champion of skilled professionals, Rowe partnered with One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating for a series of “how-to videos” that educate homeowners on caring for their air conditioning and heating equipment, including tips on keeping them functioning efficiently.

Tips for Caring for Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment

Most of us live in areas where heaters are needed at some point during the colder winter months. If you haven’t already fired up your heater, you likely will before the dead cold of winter arrives. But there are tips that can make that first use of your furnace safe and effective. Mike and the experts have a checklist to follow to minimize the odor heaters make when they haven’t been used for months. Tips include opening the windows and doors for a test run before the really cold weather arrives and making sure the thermostat is in good working order, and having plenty of extra filters around because changing your filters regularly will improve system performance.

If you run into loose wires or a problem you can’t fix, do what Mike does – call the experts and let them handle the repairs!  When in doubt pick up the phone and get an HVAC professional to do the work.

When the cold lets up and warmer weather rolls around, a homeowner’s work isn’t done. After being idle throughout the winter, it’ll be time to give your air conditioner a little TLC. You can start by removing the winter cover if you’ve used one, then inspecting the condenser – that’s the outside unit that looks like a big metal box.

It’s also a good idea to make sure the air flow isn’t being blocked by leaves or other debris by hosing down the unit. But, if you really want things done the right way so the A/C keeps you cool all summer long, an annual tune-up by an air conditioning specialist is the way to go.

The Need for Trained HVAC Technicians 

Whether you’re too cold, or too hot, it’s easy to see why a trained HVAC technician can be a valued person to know. Because most of us aren’t trained in the field, Rowe advocates for more skilled trade professionals to fill the growing need. Fortis Colleges and Institutes also recognizes the value of training skilled HVAC technicians who are essential to many lives.

Fortis offers Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) programs that prepare students for careers in the field at select campuses across the country. Click here to learn more about the program.