This year I was fortunate to make it to AHR Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Expo ran between the 25th – 27th of January. For those who aren’t familiar with the AHR Expo it’s an HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) convention for professionals with job roles such as management, technicians, marketing, engineers, architects, maintenance, or just about any other role related to HVACR.
It's put on yearly by a variety of organizations, but the main one behind it is the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or as we call is ASHRAE. It's an opportunity all professionals related to HVACR to gather in one place and have an opportunity to meet each other, look at new products, look at emerging manufacturers, and also discuss a variety of new trends coming out of the industry. It's the world's largest marketplace for HVAC products that is currently put on.
The main thing that I enjoyed at the expo was looking and discussing the new products that use Wi-Fi for managing buildings like digital displays and communication technology. Also looking at technology related to monitoring and controlling air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and also energy consumption.
Now, with a lot of these new devices you can now see your building at anytime and anywhere and have compatibility with your mobile devices whereas a number of years ago you had to be there physically, now it's kind of gone to where you're on your smartphone or tablet, and it's very easily accessible.
There’s a lot going on so make sure you give yourself as much time as possible when going. Indeed, the only thing about the AHR Expo that I was a little disappointed in was the lack of time I had to meet people and discuss a variety of topics more in depth.
Overall, it was a great experience for me and I would definitely go again since it’s the only place in the world where I can go and have the opportunity to see over 2000 exhibits, view seminars and presentations, and mingle with over 60, 000 HVACR professionals. I’m definitely looking forward to the 2017 AHR Expo being held in Las Vegas.