Empowering Future HVAC Pros on National HVAC Tech Day

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National HVAC Tech Day on June 22nd is the perfect time to acknowledge the dedicated HVAC technicians who work tirelessly to ensure our comfort, often in extreme conditions and challenging environments. This year, Midea, a leading innovator in air treatment solutions, is spotlighting its commitment to the future of the HVAC industry through recent and ongoing donations to trade schools and colleges, plus advanced training programs and partnerships aimed at promoting sustainability and technological innovation.

Supporting Career and Technical Education

Midea is dedicated to empowering the next generation of HVAC professionals by educating trade students and donating its advanced heat pump technology to organizations in need, such as the Midea EVOX Central Heat Pump/AHU system with auxiliary heater, Midea IN One-Way Cassette and Midea All Easy Pro High Wall systems.

Institutions like Prosser Career Academy, Chicago Builds, Remington College and Laredo College were exposed to Midea at the 2024 AHR Expo, where Midea participated in a workforce development panel and spoke to over 100 students about career opportunities for technicians and how the professional HVAC landscape is evolving. This initiative led to further collaboration between Midea and these institutions, which were impressed with Midea’s industry expertise and technical leadership. Realizing a need for modern heat pump technology in these training facilities, Midea donated its products at no cost. Now, the donated Midea systems will be used in Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes for installation training, Digital Multi-Meter training and visuals throughout multiple units.

Midea is also active on LinkedIn, posting educational content about its own technology and the industry at large, as well as highlighting its efforts to shape the next generation of HVAC technicians.

A Hub for Training and Education

One of the standout facilities that encapsulate Midea’s commitment to education and training is its flagship showroom, training and distribution center in Fresh Meadows, Queens. This facility serves as a dynamic hub for Midea’s sales, training and service operations. Here, contractors and consumers can interact with, learn about and purchase Midea’s full suite of advanced heat pump products. The showroom not only supports sales and installation services but also functions as an educational center, providing heat pump training, technical communications, consumer tours and collaborations with utilities with utilities like Con Edison and PSEG. Additionally, it serves as a meeting spot for architects, interior designers and Con Edison consultants to provide comprehensive consultation solutions for homeowners, solidifying Midea’s role as a leader in the HVAC industry.

The New York showroom hosts training classes almost every weekend that provide contractors with hands-on experience and professional knowledge about high-efficiency heat pump technology applications and installation, as well as regional home energy incentives. This ongoing commitment to training ensures that both new and seasoned HVAC professionals are well-versed in the latest advancements and best practices in the industry. The facility is also open to the public with on-site staff that can explain the technology and its benefits to the layperson.

Midea was recently honored as the designated brand for instruction at the largest professional training school in New York, the Electrical and HVAC/R Training Center. The program kicked off with a full-day training session at Midea’s showroom in Queens.

Midea was chosen for these initiatives due to its advanced heat pump technologies, comprehensive heat pump product line and active involvement in heat pump education. Midea’s cutting-edge products and commitment to advancing the industry make it a trusted partner for institutions and initiatives aiming to promote sustainable HVAC solutions. Midea’s active participation in public education efforts, including speeches at industry events like the AHR Expo and collaboration with various associations, further cements its position as a technical and thought leader in the heat pump industry that is rapidly growing and evolving.

Industry Thought Leadership

Midea participates in key industry events such as the AHR Expo, the PSEG Electrify Long Island Conference and the Urban Future Lab event at NYU Tandon with a focus on supporting heat pump education and adoption. Midea’s leadership, including Senior Product Manager David Rames and CEO of Ai-Midea Air Conditioning Corp., Dr. Wenqing Zhang, have played key speaking roles showcasing the company’s technological advancements and role in technician training. These engagements provide a platform for Midea to promote its innovative products and to emphasize the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability in the HVAC industry in front of important industry figures.

Involvement in Industry Associations

The Midea America Research Center (MARC) team is actively involved in numerous associations that push and establish heat pump adoption standards, including ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International) and PHCC (Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association). By contributing educational content for these organizations and exhibiting at their marquee events, Midea contributes to shaping industry standards and promoting the adoption of energy-efficient technologies.

Commitment to Sustainability and Innovation

Midea’s efforts extend beyond product innovation. The company actively participates in initiatives like the “Clean Heat for All Challenge,” in which it was chosen to provide 20,000 packaged window heat pump units to public housing facilities in New York City. This project supports New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Midea is also a member of the newly formed Heat Pump Action Team (HEAT), an EPA-led initiative that brings together heat pump manufacturers to promote the training, marketing, sales and promotion of heat pumps. Through these efforts, Midea is not only investing in cutting-edge technology but also supporting educational programs and empowering those who will keep our homes and businesses comfortable for years to come.

Celebrating HVAC Technicians

As we celebrate National HVAC Tech Day, let’s recognize the significant contributions of HVAC technicians. By investing in education, technology and sustainability, Midea is paving the way for a brighter, more efficient future in the HVAC industry.

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