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4 Must-Have Apps For HVAC

It is no secret that today’s society is fairly dependent on mobile devices for their everyday work and play. Smart phones and tablets are a must for technicians in a variety of industries, including HVAC/R, for their help with sales, business support and more.

Many applications have become just as valuable to HVAC/R technicians as their fully stocked tool bags are. These apps offer techs a ton of important resources they need to get the job done. Not to mention, those resources are right in the palms of their hands … literally.

Here are two HVAC/R-specific applications that should be downloaded by those techs who are looking to make the most out of their mobile phone or tablet.

Bitzer

  • This application is an intuitive, saturated, pressure-temperature reference wheel that focuses on the most common refrigerants found in AC and refrigeration systems. Instead of scrolling through many refrigerants rarely used, this app provides users with the ability to customize the app by selecting the refrigerant they most commonly use. Furthermore, this is the only PT app with the ability to use imperial and metric units at the same time.
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: http://www.bitzer.de/eng/apps

HVAC Buddy

  • Make your job easier with this handy refrigerant-charging and diagnostic HVAC/R app — HVAC Buddy. If you are servicing equipment, a helpful way to begin diagnosis and determine the proper refrigerant charge is to use HVAC Buddy, a set of gauges and a thermometer. Use HVAC Buddy to enter refrigerant, temperatures and pressures. The math is done for you to display superheat or subcooling target, actual and difference. Use temperature and pressure sliders to see what happens in real-time when these values change. HVAC Buddy contains generic charts for target superheat and subcool as well as pressure-temperature tables for 71 refrigerants. Temperature data for your pressure is displayed on the refrigerant row, and changes can easily be viewed by moving the pressure slider. Add or recover refrigerant to get the actual value to within the displayed target superheat or subcool range.
  • Cost: $9.99.
  • Website: http://www.appbrain.com/app/hvac-buddy%C2%AE/com.gridbuddy.hbuddy#descriptionsection

A job in the field has challenges that office-specific jobs do not entail. These applications may help HVAC/R techs while out in the field.

Google Maps

  • An essential for nearly any mobile device, it appears on more than a billion phones around the world. It’s available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It provides turn-by-turn, voice-guided GPS navigation. It also features Google’s Street View, so you can match up the building you’re supposed to be at with the real-life view.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-maps/id585027354?mt=8

SlideShark

  • SlideShark is a leading app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact. A nice feature is that it shows your slides from the device, or you can connect it to a projector to present to large audiences, perfect for some of the presentations or sales meetings you may have. You can even broadcast your slides in real-time to remote or in-person meeting attendees.  After the meeting, you can share an online version of your slides and track your audience’s viewing behavior.
  • Price: Free
  • Website: https://www.slideshark.com/products/for-individuals

These four apps are as easy to obtain as the tap of a finger. Make sure you’re on the cutting edge, and maybe even make your day a little easier.

 

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