As the seasons change, the strengths and weaknesses of HVAC systems are exposed. Start-up and deferred maintenance on heating systems must be completed. Cooling systems struggle with low load conditions. Controls balance on a fine line between heating and cooling… sometimes even utilizing both in the same day! As HVAC professionals, we must continually educate ourselves on the newest, most reliable, most efficient systems. We must then apply this knowledge to meet our client’s expectations and budgets. ASHRAE provides this education.
In addition to the technical education, ASHRAE provides the opportunity to network with individuals facing similar challenges to your own. The opportunity to interact with and learn from fellow industry professionals is invaluable. Sharing and understanding each other’s successes, struggles and accomplishments improves our industry.
The Kansas City Chapter membership is strong. With over 600 members plus an additional 110 student members, there is a great opportunity for networking. We need to continue to strengthen our Chapter. I challenge each of you to seek out a fellow employee, a client or industry peer and encourage them to attend an ASHRAE meeting. If you are not currently a member, joining ASHRAE is now as simple as completing a few clicks:
November’s program will be presented by Scott Hackel. He will discuss the lessons learned, impacts and tools utilized in the implementation of a hybrid geothermal system. As energy costs increase, the value of the earth’s natural resources continues to become more prevalent. Geothermal systems have been utilized for a long time, but new technology is allowing these systems to be applied in new ways. I am excited about the opportunity to learn more about this developing technology.
I look forward to seeing everyone November 4th!
ASHRAE Kansas City Chapter