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Using a Drone for HVAC Service

Technology is evolving, giving the world opportunity to push limits and be creative with how work gets accomplished. In the latest HVACR news, the use of drones help companies get the job complete. Much like how Amazon plans to use drones for delivery or how Lamars Donuts used drones to deliver tasty treats; drone will help HVACR companies inspect those hard-to-reach spaces.

Drones and HVAC

It is common that you’ll see signs that say “No Flying Drones” in areas across the world but drones for HVAC have a unique use. Although they have restrictions in order to legally fly, the use of drones for HVAC will gather important information without having to climb heights. A drone will also allow the job to be complete in a more timely manner. Instead of squeezing into small spaces or needing to create scaffolding to reach extreme heights.

Benefits

  • Work efficiently at heights
  • Video the job process
  • Contractors do not have to enter a confined space.
  • Decrease maintenance costs

The use of drones for HVAC service is something few companies are offering but, the potential is huge. Companies are researching and looking into adding drones into their service but the Federal Aviation Administration has rules and regulations set in place to fly a drone. In order to fly a drone for work or business you have to pass the requirements for the pilot, aircraft and operating rules.
By eliminating man hours of setting up a scaffold and climbing into tight spaces, the cost of maintenance goes down. Less time and money is spent by not having the need for large, time-consuming, equipment. Recorded footage the drone captures is also helpful to show the client what is wrong or to consult with another contractor.

Requirements

  • Pilot:
    Over 16 years of age
    Pass initial aeronautical knowledge test
    Vetted by Transportation Safety Administration
  • Aircraft:
    Less than 55lbs.
    Must be registered
  • Operating:
    Class G airspace
    Keep the aircraft in sight
    Fly under 400 feet
    Must fly during the day
    Fly at or below 100 mph
    Yield right of way to manned aircraft
    Do NOT fly over people
    Do NOT fly from a moving vehicle

After getting a compatible drone registered, the possibilities of using a drone during HVAC service are endless. There are many creative ways that would enhance service by adding a drone. Parts can be delivered faster, a job can get done faster which means more clients, save money, consult video with others and more.

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