Midwest HVAC News
Lennox donates $20,000 in
equipment to Salina Tech - Salina, KS.
might be the fastest-growing technology you’ve never heard of.
But thanks to Thursday’s donation of a 10-ton Lennox Variable
Refrigerant Flow system and related equipment from Lennox
International, future graduates of Salina Tech’s Heating,
Ventilation and Air Conditioning program will be familiar with
This donation was the latest in a series of donations stretching
back more than two years when Lennox chose Salina Tech to be the
first college in the country the company would partner with to
help train the next generation of HVAC technicians, said Bill
Roberts, Lennox Kansas Field Technical Consultant.
Currently, there’s a nationwide shortage of 25,000 HVAC
technicians, and that shortage is expected to grow to more than
100,000 by 2022.
Michele Neikirk, Lennox Technical Support Administrative
Assistant, said the company now has partnerships with 12
colleges across the country, but that Salina Tech is now the
first to receive commercial equipment from the company.
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“Being familiar with
the equipment will open lots of doors for you students,” said
Tom Pestinger, owner of Pestinger Heating and Air Conditioning
and a former member of Salina Tech’s Board of Trustees.
Dustin Pestinger, President of Pestinger Heating and Air
Conditioning and a current member of the Board of Trustees, said
the company has been installing an increasing number of VRF
units in schools and offices, including the company’s own
“It’s definitely the wave of the future,” said HVAC instructor
Back in the classroom, Lennox Commercial Engineer Corey Bartlett
gave the students an introduction to how VRF systems work.
Bartlett said the technology, which allows a single unit to
provide heating and cooling at the same time for different parts
of a building, was invented in Japan in the 1980s, driven by the
country’s limited energy and space for buildings. The systems
are about 50 percent more efficient than conventional HVAC
Bartlett said he first heard of the technology in 2005 when he
was doing engineering design work for a new building and his
client requested it. Today, he said, VRF systems are used in
about 80 percent of new buildings worldwide. In the U.S., use of
the systems is growing about 15 percent each year.