Working in the HVAC and climate control field brings particular quirks that come with the job. Since the industry is so specific, conventions and expos can be crucial for anyone working in the HVAC industry, bringing together goldmines of industry expertise, training, networking, technology scouting, vendor research, and plenty of potential leads. Luckily there are several expansive and informative HVAC events held around the globe each year, providing a gateway for those in the field to gain first-hand knowledge, discover new ways to increase business, and arm themselves with the latest news and happenings in the world of HVAC.

Below are some local and well-attended HVAC conventions coming up in the next year. Some events are being held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID crisis, but this list will be good to keep on hand once things return to normal and large events are able to have physical attendees again.

Navigating Turbulent Times, For Contractors by EGIA

Webinars (Free) & Virtual Training Sessions (Members Only)

Varying Dates in May/June 2020 (see links)

This series of webinars and virtual training sessions will be conducted by EGIA, the Electric & Gas Industries Association and taught by industry experts. ‘EGIA serves a rapidly-growing network of HVAC, Insulation, Windows, Solar and Geothermal contractors, regional distributors, product manufacturers and other trade allies,’ The virtual education series aims to keep professionals thriving during the current economic crisis.

ASHRAE 2020 – Austin, TX (Now Virtual)

June 22 – July 2nd, 2020

On-demand Technical Program: Available Monday, June 22

Live Four Day Event: Monday, June 29 – July 2

Originally the ‘American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) conference was set to take place in Austin, TX this year, but it will now be held virtually. However, the information and new knowledge you’ll gain from industry experts and specialists will still be as relevant as ever, as ASHRAE has put together a comprehensive virtual schedule to keep attendees engaged and learning, whether they choose to watch live or log in to view the conference at a later date.
Virtual attendees will have access to 92 technical sessions (300 speakers), live sessions related to the COVID pandemic, virtual networking happy hours, updates from society leaders, live chats, Q&A, and much more!

Besides the June conference, ASHRAE actually has several more virtual conferences listed on their website, and a great perk is that they’re available to view for 18 months!

High-Performance HVAC Summit 2020

August 31 – Sept 3, 2020

Scottsdale, AZ

For high-performance based contractors, this HVAC summit focuses on marketing, selling, and delivering high-performance HVAC systems. This year their theme is Coaching, where the summit aims to help you perfect your team through workshops and hands-on participation, ‘where you will experience advanced tests and calculations to diagnose and offer highly profitable system upgrades, just as your teams do in the field.’ You’ll also be invited to an idea meeting for lead generations and sales, as well as have the chance to attend an awards ceremony dedicated to the very best in HVAC.

Eastern Energy Expo

August 2020

Virtual, On Demand

In its fifth year, the Eastern Energy Expo (EEE) focuses on the energy and comfort industries, including wholesale and retail heating fuel marketers, propane marketers, and of course HVAC service professionals. This year, during the entire month of August, their expo will be virtual On Demand. Though the full schedule isn’t posted just yet, EEE hopes to give attendees the same rich experience online as if in person, with an interactive trade show filled to the brim with business and technical education programs, the ability to tour exhibits, chat with vendors, watch “live” seminars and business sessions, and much more.

AHR Expo

Jan 25 – 27, 2021

Chicago, IL

Known as the largest HVACR event, the AHR expo changes destinations every year and usually includes around 50 – 72,000 attendees and exhibitors, along with enormous exhibit halls ripe for exploration. Anyone who’s anyone in the HVAC industry shows up to AHR, be it manufacturers, engineers, software providers, product designers, installers, and plenty more in the field, showcasing and demonstrating the very best in HVACR-related products. In addition, thousands of products in more than 770 categories will be available, and you can keep the learning going with seminars taught by industry experts, podcast guests, and even garner professional certification opportunities!

ASHRAE Winter Conference

Jan 23 – 27, 2021

Chicago, IL

Taking place during the same weekend as the AHR Expo in Chicago, the ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is a great opportunity for HVAC professionals to engage with leaders in the industry. This conferences’ goal is to find effective ways to reduce impact on the environment and energy use, ‘focusing on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry.’ Just a few of the programs scheduled are: Building Performance and Commissioning for Operation and Management, International Design, and Energy Conservation.


Going to a trade show is an excellent way to network and mingle with other like-minded individuals, discover new innovative products, and grow your business. Portable Air is always seeking new ways to engage and grow with the industry. Let us know if there are any trade shows you’ve attended and enjoyed recently!