Now that we are solidly in 2016, we can take some time to reflect on the lessons we've learned from last year. With improved regional efficiency standards, the HVAC industry made a lot of strides. As an award-winning HVAC company, we have kept up with HVAC technology like smart thermostats. The HVAC industry is one of the fastest growing technology sectors mainly due to the recovering housing market which contributed to job growth
The change in regulatory HVAC efficiency standards last year (based on geographic location) made way for newer, high efficiency units. We saw improvements in everything from indoor air quality products to smart thermostats that drastically increased comfort and energy efficiency. The rise of mobile apps empowered home and business owners to monitor their HVAC systems from anywhere in the world. Intelligent technology enables system owners to automate thermostat set points according to a schedule, maintenance, and more. If the pattern continues, we'll be seeing more smart automation that enables system owners to have more control over their HVAC system. With the ever-expanding range of tools and technology, however, technicians must be constantly on the forefront on how to use them.
With online portals like Lennox's Davenet e-business system, technicians can look up information immediately from their laptop, tablet, or smartphone. This resource helps technicians check for parts, warranty, pricing, and reference documents. Anyone can expand their job knowledge no matter what level of experience. Additionally, 2015 saw improvements in Virtual BuildATech programs. The online training enables aspiring technicians to cover HVAC fundamentals while they work in the field.
Nurturing Workplace and Knowledgeable Technician
In 2015, we also saw a shortage of trained technicians. As HVAC veterans retire, replacements are hard to come by. Younger generations are not as keen on entering the HVAC field . Training opportunities and options to grow within a company can help attract younger employees. Stricter regulations for emissions mean that the installers have to be more efficient as well. Here at Burgeson's Heating and Air Conditioning, we are serious about improving our craft as well as honing customer service skills. Experienced employees help pass along their knowledge and wisdom to newer techs. For 2016, we are committed to providing a nurturing workplace to new hires and transform them into HVAC experts.
2015 was an exciting year for the HVAC industry. The trend in smart home technology was quickly accepted by home and business owners alike. Investments in training newer hires not only improved the type of work they do but also instilled a sense of value in the new generation of HVAC employees. We've learned to keep up with technological advances and support aspiring and current technicians. Here's to a successful 2016.