Kevin Navarro, Affil.AIRAH
Why is HVAC&R important?
Other than the obvious air quality, food preservation and comfort reasons, a big reason why I got into this trade was realising how vital proper cooling/heat transfer was to the electrical systems I used to work on. I was working on critical power equipment in mission-critical facilities such as data centres, where none of the equipment would be able to function without continuous temperature control from HVAC&R systems. Almost half of facilities’ energy consumption is due to keeping equipment and servers at the right humidity and temperature. Without HVAC&R, you probably wouldn’t be reading this now.
What do you do, and what is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
I’m a new refrigeration apprentice in the commercial HVAC&R sector, where I service and install all types of HVAC systems in commercial buildings. The most satisfying aspect would be fixing a problem or improving something that directly or indirectly makes someone else's day better. Also not knowing what, exactly, I will be running into. Every day is different and you never stop learning.
What will you be doing to celebrate World Refrigeration Day?
Not sure yet, but they should probably make it a public holiday for everyone who works in the HVAC&R industry.