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New HVAC energy efficient equipment for PJC program

Published or Revised January 04, 2015

new PJC HVAC equipment

Carrier Corporation technical services coordinator Dennis Buckels (left) and regional customer assurance manager Joe Sutterfield (center), came from the Carrollton facility to explain the new units. At right is Dane Johnson with Paris HVAC and Supply, the local Carrier distributor who supplied the equipment.

A Paris Junior College heating and air conditioning technology classroom was packed recently for a presentation on newly acquired residential units featuring top of the line energy efficiency ratings.

“We’re pleased to be able to have this equipment for our students to learn from and work with,” said PJC heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology instructor Jenna Ormsbee.

Two outdoor/indoor units were purchased and the seminar provided a classroom overview with one unit, then a live demonstration of the other unit that had been hooked up. The two units have a 20 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), a very high efficiency rate for residential units. The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is the amount of cooling that a heat pump (or air conditioner) delivers per watt of electricity used to power the heat pump. In other words, a higher SEER unit will use less electricity.

“I’m delighted to see this new equipment,” said PJC industrial technology division chair Charlie Hodgkiss. “This keeps PJC on the cutting-edge of technology. We have contractors here to see the demonstration. Those are also the people who want to hire those trained on the latest equipment.”

Carrier Corporation technical services coordinator Dennis Buckels and regional customer assurance manager Joe Sutterfield came from the Carrollton facility to provide the seminar.

Funding for the units came through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). That program addresses short-and long-term workforce development by providing federal funds that are the principal source for innovation and program improvement. The goal is to provide individuals with the academic and technical skills needed to succeed in a knowledge- and skills-based economy.

“Keeping current on equipment helps ensure that PJC’s career and technical programs are academically rigorous and up-to-date with the needs of area business and industry,” said Hodgkiss.

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