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Duct and system design are two of the BIGGEST needs among technicians, salespeople and contractors. Matt Milton has generously agreed to teach a small online mastermind class on design, load calculation, the math of the trade and much more.

While this training may be at “no charge” it certainly isn’t FREE. It will require a lot of time and effort on your part to invest in yourself.

Here is the course summary

HVAC School – Residential Load Calculation

Residential Load Calculation is a 12 week online course to teach you the fundamentals of heating and cooling load calculations using ACCA Manual J (Abridged Edition).**WE WILL NOT COVER WRIGHTSOFT, COOLCALC OR SIMILAR IN THIS COURSE**

Topics covered include:
Print reading
Basic Construction Math
Construction Methods
Load Calculation

**Limited to the first 25 qualified responses received**

Tentative Schedule:
4/16/2019 -7/9/2019 (We will skip 4/23);
Online class from 7-11 PM EST each week (Most weeks will be 2-3 hrs max)
You should expect to spend 2-3 hours a week (average) on the homework project as well.

Week 1 – Introduction; Sections N & 1
Week 2 – Sections 2 & 3; Construction Math, Plan Reading
Week 3 – Section 4 – Heating; Worksheets A, B, D & J1
Week 4 – Section 4 – Heating; Worksheet E & J1
Week 5 – Section 4 – Heating; Worksheet G & J1
Week 6 – Test 1 – Heating Load Only & Full Heating Load Calc for Upper Floor Plan
Week 7 – Section 5 – Worksheet B, Table 3E-1 & J1
Week 8 – Section 5 – Worksheet D & J1
Week 9 – Section 5 – Worksheet E, G & J1
Week 10 – Section 5 – Internal Loads, Latent Loads & J1
Week 11 – Class Review & Full Cooling Load Calc for Upper Floor Plan
Week 12 – Test 2 – Heating and Cooling Load Calc.

Please see the details and sign up below.


When I started in the field I was a 17 year old helper with one year of tech school under my belt. In other words…. I knew nothing. As I’ve mentioned before there were a few experienced techs who took me under their wings at different stages, but the most influential was a guy named Dave Barefoot. For whatever reason, Dave decided to share everything he knew and he was exceedingly patient with my mistakes, busting my balls all the way.

Even now I call people smarter than myself like Jim Bergmann, Bill Spohn and Jeremy Smith when I can’t get my head around something. You never grow out of benefitting from helpful people to call when you need an extra brain to work on a problem.

Here is a quick tech tip about finding a mentor from a tech I hired at my previous employer and just recently connected with. Grant “Rusty” Hayes is a smart guy and he benefitted from some of the same great mentors I did when I was coming up. Thanks for writing this Rusty.

The greatest asset I have found early on is finding someone who is willing to teach and asking them to mentor you. This may be common knowledge but I’ve found that many techs hoard their knowledge, or don’t have patience enough to help an unlearned tech.

No matter if the person is a co-worker or not, find someone you can call in a pinch and talk to when you don’t understand something.  At the same time cultivate a love for reading especially the installer documents and the material shipped with the units. There is a lot of good information for learning in those documents and will help you learn how that particular system is intended to operate. This will keep you from abusing you mentor with every little thing and you may find you have something valuable to add to the conversation.

Having someone to call to help you without being made to feel your not learning fast enough is valuable and can prevent you from feeling this may not be the profession for you. I would suggest someone who isn’t a co-worker for a mentor only because it will prevent any talk among other techs on something you may never live down if you make a mistake. Trust me, you will make mistakes but never being able to get past the mistake can hinder your confidence and growth. Of all the things I’ve learned, finding someone with a teachers mindset who wants to help others is by far the most valuable tool I’ve used over the years. Don’t lose heart, always learn and grow, in the HVAC profession or whatever you’re doing or want to do. This is the best advice I have for anyone new to the trade or profession. Sometimes the best way to find a mentor is just asking.

Happy 2018

— Grant

The week of 3/5/2017 was “Business week” on the HVAC school podcast and we talked about a full range of business topics. Here are our business related episodes.

As always if you have an iPhone subscribe to the podcast HERE and if you have an Android phone subscribe HERE

Why Maintenance Agreements Matter and How to Make Them Work w/ Ruth King

In this episode Ruth King shares some of her top insights on how to create a maintenance program if you don’t have and how to fix the one you have if it is broken (and how to know).

If you are interested in Ruth’s maintenance program course you can find out more HERE and be sure to use the offer code HVACRS (with all caps) to get a 10% discount on all her products.

Should I Start My Own Business? (and other solid advice) w/ Tersh Blissette

Tersh and Bryan were both techs working for other companies when they started their own businesses. This is a look back at what they got right, what they got wrong and the top things that have worked over the years.

Profitability and Money Leaks in HVAC w/ Ruth King

In this episode Ruth breaks down some of the main things an Air Conditioning contractor needs to consider when looking at their numbers and some of the major leaks that can lead to unprofitability.

You can see all of Ruth’s content and courses HERE and make sure to use the offer code HVACRS with all caps for a great discount.

Creating a Business That People Want to Work for w/ Bob Gee

This is an older episode but it contains great principals for leading an HVAC business as well as some really good sales practices.


As always if you have an iPhone subscribe to the podcast HERE and if you have an Android phone subscribe HERE

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