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    ORLANDO, FL (September 10, 2012) – Local air conditioning and heating company, Energy Air, Inc., kicked off a new school year for its in-house training program.

    Sixteen Energy Air employees started classes on September 4 for the 2012 Florida Air Conditioning Training (FACT) Level 1 program. Enrolled students will be the first class to take part in the newly revised, streamlined curriculum that offers the same coursework as in the past but in a condensed timeframe. Students taking advantage of this accelerated program will finish Level 1 on November 15 rather than the following April, as in years past.

    The FACT program is a three-level training program that covers all aspects of skill and safety training pertaining to HVAC for residential and commercial buildings and is offered free to Energy Air employees.

    Level 1 of the FACT program is heavily focused on safety certifications. All students will take the coursework necessary to receive the 10-hour OSHA certification first, followed by rough terrain forklift, scissor and boom lift, Hilti powder actuated tools and CPR/first aid certifications. Subsequent coursework will cover a variety of skill and safety-related training for the commercial HVAC industry, such as sheet metal, fiberglass and flex duct fabrication and installation, material movement tools, customer relations, equipment curbs, etc.

    Any Energy Air employee without certifications is also able to join the classes. The goal is to get the entire commercial field team certified. The classes involve a combination of book work and hands-on training, and all are taught in-house by Energy Air trainers.

    Level 1 of the FACT program is also focused on teaching Energy Air company standards, practices, procedures and culture.

    While there are many ways to complete installation of the HVAC system, the Energy Air trainers teach the most cost-effective, efficient, safe and productive way to do it, according to Harvey Tillman, Energy Air FACT trainer.

    “Standards are continuously monitored and modified throughout the year,” said Tillman. We are constantly looking at innovative means and methods we can implement in the field, and therefore incorporate into our training.”

    Learn more about Energy Air’s FACT program.

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    History of the FACT Program:

    When the leaders of Energy Air, Inc. couldn’t find the type of training they felt they needed to develop skilled workers, they were left with nothing other than to create their own in-house school. The FACT Program was developed after their final and failed attempt – a request that material be added to the existing Air Conditioning Contractors of America program. Energy Air’s in-house training program fills the gaps left in most other training programs that are available and includes a strong focus on commercial HVAC and safety.

    The curriculum covers all aspects of HVAC in both English and Spanish, including the following: Introduction to HVAC, Mathematics, Blueprint Reading, Personal Protective Equipment, Lifting, Communications, Mechanical Code, Specifications, CPR/First Aid, Emergency Response, Tools, Fiberglass, Metal and Exhaust Duct, Piping, Controls, Heating and Cooling Design, Scheduling, Rigging, Fire and Smoke Dampers, Equipment/Curbs, Air Distribution and Low Voltage.

    About Energy Air

    Founded in 1976, Energy Air, Inc. offers commercial and residential HVAC services throughout the state of Florida with offices in Orlando and Tampa. The company provides new construction, service, repair, replacement and planned maintenance services as well as portable cooling rentals. The commercial division completes the HVAC scope for Educational, Healthcare, Multi-Family/Mixed-Use, Religious, Retail, Office, Hospitality/Entertainment, Government and Industrial buildings. The company’s residential division works with builders and homeowners on planned communities, custom homes, town homes and multi-family complexes. For more information, visit www.energyair.com.

    Energy Air’s mission is to be the leader of the HVAC industry in Florida through superior professionalism, performance, customer service and our commitment to safety, employee development, teamwork and community enrichment.

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