Regarding technical know-how and innovative customer comfort solutions, few people are better trained and prepared to provide them and help customers understand their systems. Eric Kjelshus is a rare individual focused on the technologies available to solve the unsolvable and help keep customers safe, comfortable, and energy-efficient.

Eric Kjelshus, one of the 2024 HVAC Influencers

His company, Eric Kjelshus Energy Heating and Cooling of Greenwood, MO, has been at the cutting edge since opening for business in 1972 as a solar energy firm.

He is a master mechanical contractor and master pipe fitter, holding multiple certifications from North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), Building Performance Institute (BPI), and National Comfort Institute (NCI).
This is all fantastic as the owner of an HVAC contracting company. Still, Kjelshus shares his expertise by writing technical and how-to articles in several industry trade magazines. In addition, he takes his expertise on the road, speaking at various national HVAC conferences on topics related to building science and energy efficiency.
His focus is on fundamentals. And training.

As a result, he has been recognized by several organizations for teaching fellow contractors the importance of both the science and technology behind the systems they design, install, and service. These include:

  • Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI)
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
  • National Comfort Institute (NCI)
  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
  • Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES).

His leadership on issues like combustion and indoor air quality has led to HVAC system designs that have won four Quality Home Comfort Awards from Contracting Business magazine, several Contractor of the Year recognitions from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), and NCI.

“I’ve known Eric for more than three decades,” says NCI’s Dominick Guarino. “His natural curiosity and willingness to learn, despite all of his industry experience, are two of his many strengths. He continues challenging those around him to learn and improve, regardless of their knowledge and skills.”

He has also changed the lives of customers whose comfort and IAQ problems he resolved professionally.

“Eric was the only contractor who asked me about my comfort and energy issues,” says one of his customers whose project won an award. “Eric explained how my energy problems were part of an overall house issue, including windows, doors, and lights. He was very knowledgeable and thorough. That was impressive. He was the only contractor who didn’t seem to be there to sell me something. So I chose his company for the job.”

With his thirst for knowledge, willingness to share what he knows, and focus on solving unsolvable customer problems, we chose Eric Kjelshus to join our High-Performance HVAC Industry Influencers group.

Congratulations and welcome to the 2024 Class of HVAC Industry Influencers, Eric.