My father raised me with a deep sense of community.
This neighborhood was one of the first in the area for affluent African Americans in the days after Civil Rights.
It is a prosperous area, but still slow to develop its own businesses and infrastructure. My father was one of the first around here to have such a successful business ,and he always made sure to re-invest in the community. Since his forte was air conditioning and heating systems, he started to offer free classes on those subjects in his shop on weekends. He had three full time HVAC techs working for him at the time, and collectively the four of them shared teaching duties. Now, don’t get me wrong in saying that these were classed about air conditioners, I am talking the bare bones basic stuff. Learning about air filters, how they work, and why they are so important to keep clean. They discussed thermostats, and not just the mechanics of them, but how to use them correctly for proper temperature control. All of these classes taught them a little something, but gave them bigger ideas than just air conditioners and furnaces. We wanted to give them some practical wisdom to use around the house, yes, but we also wanted the HVAC education to be a jumping off point. If some of them end up wanting to get into HVAC work, that would be great, but we are just encouraging them to learn. HVAC work isn’t just mechanics, it involves science, math, and thermodynamics, and we are trying to expand your minds.