Bonus – What you missed at AHR w/ Bill Spohn (Podcast)
In this episode, Bill and Bryan recap the 2018 AHR conference with what they learned and what you can expect to see in the HVAC/R trade in the next year. There were 2100 exhibitors who gave demonstrations and discussed products. AHR shows the real scope of the HVAC/R industry, and it is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the trade and do some networking.
At the AHR conference, there were some demonstrations that may indicate a paradigm shift in the industry's best practices. For example, the AccuTools booth projected the rate of evacuation through three hoses of different diameters, including the mythical 1″ hose. The visual representation of those evacuation rates showed the trend towards faster evacuations with larger hoses. More tool manufacturers may jump on the trend to make larger hoses that assist technicians and lead to better evacuations.
The technology on display at AHR also testified to the fact that many more tools are integrating with our cell phones, including the CPS IAQ monitor. AHR also had a treasure trove of new technologies, including BluVac's Bluetooth-connected combustion analyzer. BluVac's branding is very science and engineering-focused, and they also fine-tune their technology to support techs in the field. Overall, AHR was a fantastic forum for people to spread information about products. In turn, Bill and Bryan had some of their product research validated and built upon.
Bill and Bryan also discuss:
- Attaching micron gauges at the pump
- Professional branding
- Industry education
- Surge suppressors and melting issues
- The time Bill called Bryan out
- Engagement with HVAC educational materials
- Testo precision manometers and additional heads
- Filling the HVAC/R skills gap
- Increasing your value as an individual technician in this industry
- Building performance in the HVAC industry
- Internet of things (IoT)
- The commercial HVAC market