Registration Opens for 2022 AHR Expo

After a cancellation of the 2021 show, the AHR Expo returns Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas

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The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) will return to Las Vegas Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2022, after a forced cancellation in 2021 planned for Chicago. It will be the industry’s first major in-person gathering following pandemic shutdowns.

Registration is free and attendees are encouraged to register early at ahrexpo.com.

“We are honored to welcome the HVACR community back for the first large-scale, in-person industry event,” says Mark Stevens, manager of the AHR Expo. “It’s been a long road and we are ready to reignite the momentum that comes from collaborating at a live event. We understand the disappointment in 2021’s forced cancellation and we are thrilled to once again host the show that our industry partners value so much.”  

This AHR Expo will welcome both new and longtime attendees to a show the industry has anticipated for nearly two years. 

“We’re encouraged by the growing energy we are seeing in our metrics. Show hotels in particular are exciting to watch as rooms fill up for Vegas faster than usual by this time of year,” says Stevens. “The Orlando show (in 2020) delivered so much energy for the future of HVACR and just a few weeks following we watched as the world paused. HVACR became a hot topic overnight given the correlation between indoor environments and health. For us in the industry, this is something we have been more deeply discussing in recent years, but when the pandemic fully emerged and mitigation strategy discussions began it was all eyes on HVAC.”

In recent years the show has featured manufacturers and educators who speak on the importance of well-managed indoor environments as a key component in community health. 

“The pandemic in some ways has pushed us ahead in terms of global acceptance of just how vital this industry is to the world,” says Stevens. “Every country, industry, and news outlet is talking about HVACR. AHR Expo has served as a meeting place to dig down deep and share new ideas and innovation for nearly a century, but perhaps now more than ever this kind of face-to-face connection and business collaboration is critical.” 

Prior to the pandemic, HVAC was already experiencing a boom driven by increasing customer demand to interact with the built environment, as well as a push for energy efficiency, sustainability, IoT and other technology innovations. As discussions such as job force recruitment efforts and new and sustainable ways to bring comfort heating and cooling across the globe continue, professionals are now also faced with new considerations for HVACR’s potential to support mitigation. The industry is in high demand on all fronts, with many roles to fill.

“Hiring across the industry is all over the place right now. We were in a recruitment crisis before the pandemic, now we are struggling to keep up with the demand,” says Mike Mayberry, who has worked in the industry for more than 35 years. “We have new considerations to think of too in terms of supply issues, new regulations and residential and commercial upgrades due to the pandemic on top of our typical workload. The industry is at an exciting crossroads and conversations that solve problems need to happen.” 

Being in the room with the opportunity to engage and participate in the conversation is just one of the unique aspects that make the AHR Expo so vital to the industry. Each year all sectors of the industry gather to share ideas, challenges and personal perspectives — all things that maintain growth momentum. 

“We take the responsibility of our role in this industry very seriously,” says Stevens. “Our exhibitors are showcasing the future and it never ceases to amaze. Already we are seeing incredible innovations come through the Innovation Awards program submissions; 2022 is sure to be one for the books.” 

The 2022 show will welcome back more than 500,000 square feet of exhibitor space across the North and Central halls and a one-stop opportunity to check in with manufacturers on their latest offerings. It will also offer a robust education program with trend discussions, technical sessions and everything new in the industry for professionals to stay up to date on the latest practices. The show will once again host industry podcasts following a successful launch in Orlando. 

“I was disappointed that the show didn’t happen in 2021,” says Ben Poole of HVAC Tactical. “For me, it's more than just being able to nerd out on all things HVAC for a few days while checking out all the new innovative products that are about to change the game. It’s about the networking and the relationships that make a trip to AHR Expo worth it every single year. You don’t match that anywhere else in the industry. I’m pumped to see what Vegas has in store.”

The AHR Expo is working in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention Center to maintain safety as the highest priority for attendees. The show will follow many large-scale events from other industries that have successfully welcomed guests back to Vegas.

For more information, visit ahrexpo.com and follow @ahrexpo on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



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