Join Us On 1/31 – 2/1 2020 Before AHR for the 1st Annual HVAC/R Technical Education Conference presented by:
USE THE EVENT HASHTAG #HVACRTFM (HVAC Read the Fantastic Manual)
The AHR Expo is coming to Orlando so there is no better time to add in some great technical training at the same time
Join us at Kalos HQ in Sunny Clermont Florida on 1/31 and 2/1 for HVAC technical training leading up to the AHR Expo in Orlando
If you want time to grab a bagel and coffee and talk a bit then show up at 7AM or earlier… We are going to start on time!… unless we don’t
We will be covering many topics on two stages including…
- Combustion Analysis
- Advanced system diagnosis (using MeasureQuick)
- Air Flow Measurement
- Manual j & D
- Duct system design and installation best practices
- Evacuation science and application
- Brazing and Soldering
- Duct Leakage Testing
- Blower Door Testing
- Fundamentals of Refrigeration
- Refrigeration Service Tips and Best Practices
The tentative schedule can be found at
Presenting Sponsor(s) – Emerson Sensi, Mitsubishi
Meal / Dinner Meetup – Retrotec + NAVAC at Kings Entertainment in Orlando 7 – 9:30 PM Saturday 2/1 – 8255 International Dr, Orlando
Lunch Day 1 – Ultra-Aire
Lunch Day 2 – Fieldpiece
Breakfast / Snacks Day 1 – The Energy Conservatory
Breakfast / Snacks Day 2 – The Energy Conservatory
Product Giveaways – Victor, Solderweld & Trutech
HVAC School Sponsors Present –
7PM – 9:30PM – Kings Entertainment Orlando (8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819) brought to you by NAVAC & Retrotec
This will be a structured conference with classes and demos going on throughout each day from 8AM to 5PM with opportunities to hang out along the way.
You will come away with new relationships with the best in the trade as well as some excellent training (or your money back).
Join us will you? it is a limited event with only 200 total attendees with the space we have (Sold Out)
The event will be held at the Kalos Services Offices in Clermont, FL at
236 Hatteras Ave.
Clermont, FL 34711
Parking will be offsite only a few blocks away at this EXACT LOCATION in an empty parking lot just below the Citrus Tower Professional Center Between Citrus Tower Blvd and Hunt.
You can enter this address to get very close – 255 Citrus Tower Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711
Shuttles will run through the day but especially at the start and end of the day. If there is no shuttle it won’t KILL YOU to walk a few blocks now would it? 😉
There are five main areas that things will be happening
The Main Tent
We will have our keynotes, some breakouts and our meals in and around the main tent in the parking lot between the two Kalos buildings
Several keynotes will be done in the front of the service warehouse in the back building
The Demo room is the Kalos training room in the back service building
The Gym is the fabled place where Bryan got so unspeakably ripped. Right around the corner at Amp’d.
This is the furthest walk just around the corner on Commons hosting the Emerson CO2 and Compressor sessions
AHR & Lodging
The AHR Expo is the largest HVAC Expo in the world with over 40K people expected to attend on 2/3 – 2/5 2020 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Some of you will want to attend our technical training event and then AHR right after and that is an EXCELLENT idea. You just need to remember that they are completely separate events and you will need to get a pass online HERE to attend AHR and recognize that the Orange County Convention Center is about 40 minutes away from the Kalos Offices
Due to these factors you may choose to find a hotel near the convention center for the entire duration or you may choose to get a hotel in Clermont for two nights and then move closer to the convention center later in the week.
There are several hotels in Clermont that are good options
Another good option is getting one of the many great vacation rental homes in the Orlando / Kissimmee near disney.
Copeland Compressor Training – Trevor Matthews & Don Gillis
Understanding the Refrigeration Cycle
Overview of Compressor Technologies: Digital Technologies, Copeland Scroll Two-Stage, Variable Speed
Good service practices and troubleshooting techniques
Analyzing system issues with CoreSense technology
Understanding why compressors fail
Hands-on diagnostics and teardown
Online Tools and Mobile Applications
CO2 101 – Don Gillis
Co2 terminology, architecture and what does global warming potential even mean, and why are manufacturers like Emerson, tooling up for it?
What the Duct?! Tips, Myths, and Best Practices for High-Performance Ducts – Allison A Bailes III, PhD
Getting good airflow in even ducts is not easy. It requires design. It requires skill. It requires patience. In this session, we’ll take a look at the fundamental principles of duct design. We’ll work our way through available static pressure, total effective length, and friction rate. You’ll learn the science behind duct sizing.
We’ll also look practical tips you can use in choosing fittings, using high-MERV filters with low pressure drop, and more. And we’ll get into the skill and patience parts…and look at what happens when any of these elements is lacking.
Commercial Refrigeration for A/C Techs – Dick Wirz
The similarities and differences between commercial refrigeration and A/C. Dispelling the mysteries of refrigeration so A/C techs can understand the opportunities.
Residential Air Balancing. Why do it, and which hoods are best – Steven Rogers
Very few HVAC technicians routinely do air balancing or even have the tools to do it. We’ll look at why to consider air balancing and what tools are best to verify that the required amount of conditioned air is delivered to each space in the residence.
Introduction to Hydrocarbon (HC) Refrigerants and product updates – Alejandro Rios
Introduction to True Hydrocarbon refrigeration equipment (overview of propane refrigerant)
Design, Build, Perform: HVAC Systems for High-Performance Homes – Rob Howard
Houses are getting tighter and better insulated, which results in lower cooling and heating loads and the need for smaller, more efficient mechanical systems. Traditional HVAC systems are often oversized, which causes “short cycling” resulting in comfort and indoor air quality issues. This session will address the proper way to design and install a “right-sized” cooling and heating system for high performance, low load home.
Big Picture Diagnosis – Chris Stephens
I will be discussing how Stepping back and looking at the big picture can open our eyes to the real problem instead of just diagnosing the symptom. I will use video and or picture examples to show different situations that I have experienced.
Refrigerant recovery – speed and safety – Eric Kaiser
Tank filling considerations, workflow, techniques for increased speed and more.
HVAC Design Mythbusting – Alex Meaney
We’re going to take all the things people “know” about HVAC design and blow ’em up. Loose topics:
-There’s no such thing as a ton.
-There’s no right number to use on a ductulator.
-There’s no square footage rule that’s “close enough.”
-Duct velocity has no effect on room comfort.
-Two-stage isn’t always better.
-Bigger coils often don’t remove more moisture.
-Thermostats don’t belong in the hallway
Air Tightness Testing for Building Enclosures and Duct Systems – Sam Myers
In this session, we’ll cover the basic mechanics of both blower door and duct air leakage testing (DALT) for residential buildings. This will include an introduction to the equipment used, how it’s installed in a home, and how to interpret the results. We’ll also talk about how to use these tools to expose the source of comfort, energy, and moisture issues that exist outside of the areas where most contractors look. In many cases, the source of discomfort, moisture, and high energy consumption may not lie within the HVAC system itself, but along the building’s enclosure. Performing airtightness tests on duct systems and building envelopes also play a large role in calculating an accurate Manual J to determine the appropriate HVAC system size for the home.
The main takeaways from this session will be:
– An understanding of the basic principles of building airtightness testing
– An understanding of the basic principles of DALT
– Basic building science concepts that involve energy, comfort, moisture and durability issues
– A firm grasp on the equipment and processes needed to diagnose issues in a building envelope and duct system
– An understanding of the impact that building air leakage has on the building’s heating and cooling load
– Using testing apps to more efficiently diagnose issues and generate reports
ACCA Manual J & Manual S – Ed Janowiak
Equipment selection as per Manual S based on calcs from Manual J is how many codebooks read. You can’t cherry-pick one book to follow and Ignore the rest. We’re going to make sure you know the intent behind the first 2 in the design series and make you aware of those that follow to do a proper design for a residential system.
Mastering MeasureQuick – Jim Bergmann
It’s time to think beyond superheat and subcooling and start thinking about total system performance. MeasureQuick provides a ton of valuable data beyond what any typical gauge can provide. Learn how to leverage that data to find system faults and optimize operation to provide a level of efficiency and comfort beyond your customers’ expectations.
The Dripping Point: Evolving Codes = Changing Buildings = Increased Risk of Moisture Problems – Nikki Krueger
Tightly air-sealed, well-insulated buildings combined with increased ventilation rates have become mainstream and code required, and there is no going back. The Era of Actively Controlling Moisture has begun and realizing that the traditional methods will no longer effectively meet the new moisture demands is more important than ever. This seminar presents the building science perspective on the “new normal” and the challenges that builders and contractors now must learn to deal with effectively. These include reduced cooling loads, increased part-load conditions, and ventilation impacts. The bottom line is that we will have to deal with moisture issues, one way or another. The time is now to learn why and how to address indoor moisture risks (CYA) through dedicated moisture control systems in single-family homes and multifamily buildings.
Advanced Combustion Analysis – Jim Bergmann
Stop fixating and start focusing. Fixation on the measurements takes away your focus from the true problems. Use Measurequick and the Bluflame Combustion analyzer to look at total system operation in real-time and see the problems you have been missing.
Your Vacuum Rig Sucks (unless it’s TruBlu) – Jim Bergmann
Its all about being dedicated! Evacuation is the lost art of the HVAC industry. Learn why you have been doing it wrong and why dedicated evacuation hoses are critical for fast efficient and deep evacuations.
Chemicals in Homes (VOC Talk and More) – Joe Medosch
chemicals in our home are building up and impacting our health. Smart steps we can take to better serve our customers IAQ (and it’s not selling them some new fancy air purifier)
The Largest Duct in the Home and Why It’s Wreaking Havoc – Joe Medosch & Albert Rooks
Spoiler alert – the envelope of the home is the largest duct and failure to pay attention to it can lead to many comfort and system issues.
Venting from Outlet to Wet – Robin Boyd
Condensing gas furnaces venting and condensate.
Airflow Measurement Tools & Techniques – Bill Spohn
Bill masterfully covers airflow, how to measure it and why it is so dad burned difficult to do well
STEM in HVACR – Rachel Kaiser
Classically trained chemist and STEM advocate Rachel Kaiser gives examples and talks about how to better employ STEM concepts in HVAC/R Education and learning