I just found out that the director for the New York City Housing Authority has resigned.
Apparently 75% of the 400,000 residents in NYC public housing have been without heat this year!
We need to do a better job educating those looking to work HVAC, but also those currently working in the field.
We also need to educate decision makers in building management, government agencies, energy providers and most importantly the general public.
I grew up in Public Housing, so I know first hand the challenges residents are be forced to deal with.
I know how it feels to be exhausted in school as a child, because it was hard to go to sleep in the cold.
I know it feels to be too lethargic to do homework because they would pump in so much heat that you have to open all the windows just to breathe.
Many of these buildings also have issues with lead paint, which poses a risk to young children and those with health issues when the temperature and humidity are not properly controlled.
And let’s not forget the economic and environmental impact of operating these systems wastefully.
This is exactly why I started doing online classes and HVAC CAMPs, and am about to have my first HVAC-A-THON (HVAC MARATHON).
We will never find solutions until we start tying something different.