Are Smart Vents Really That Smart?

on Friday, 29 May 2015. Posted in Ventilation, Ductwork

Are Smart Vents Really That Smart?

Many of you have seen the advertisements for the smartphone-controlled dampers that fit into a duct system to control airflow into individual rooms. They seem like cool devices. After all, you can manage them from your smartphone, so they have to be awesome.

HVAC Zoning Provides Effective Comfort Solutions

on Monday, 18 May 2015. Posted in Air Conditioning, Heating, News

HVAC Zoning Provides Effective Comfort Solutions

Across the country, manufacturers and contractors are coming together to find zoning solutions that increase efficiency and comfort for consumers.

Air Filters Market to Surpass $19 Billion

on Friday, 15 May 2015. Posted in Indoor Air Quality

Air Filters Market to Surpass $19 Billion

With deteriorating indoor and outdoor air quality over the years, the air filters market is proliferating across the globe.

President Approves First Energy-efficiency Legislation Since 2007

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015. Posted in News

President Approves First Energy-efficiency Legislation Since 2007

On April 30, President Barack Obama signed into law the Energy Efficiency Investment Act of 2015. The law, which is the first energy-efficiency legislation to pass both chambers of Congress during the Obama administration, has consistently received widespread bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate.

Demand for HVAC Equipment to Increase Through 2019

on Monday, 04 May 2015. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Demand for HVAC Equipment to Increase Through 2019

According to the study, a large part of advances will be the result of robust gains in building construction spending, especially growth in improvement and repair expenditures.

Consumer Awareness Impacts Technology

on Monday, 27 April 2015. Posted in Cooling, News

Consumer Awareness Impacts Technology

Ventilation fans have become more and more efficient in recent years, and while improving the mechanical design of fans is still a top priority for manufacturers, many are now recognizing a growing desire for connectivity and information. As a result, products are not only more efficient and quieter — they're also smarter, more intuitive, and more connected than ever before.

Diagnosing and Solving Ventilation Issues

on Monday, 20 April 2015.

Diagnosing and Solving Ventilation Issues

As homes are designed and built to be tighter and more efficient than ever before, they often cannot "breathe" on their own any more. And, especially on the commercial side, codes and standards are beginning to mandate ventilation in buildings. As a result, HVAC contractors are turning to various ventilation solutions to exhaust stale air and bring in fresh, healthy air.

Geothermal Heat Pump Basics

on Tuesday, 14 April 2015. Posted in Heat Pump, Cooling, Heating

Geothermal Heat Pump Basics

Geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperature of the earth as an exchange medium for heat. Although many parts of the country experience seasonal temperature extremes—from scorching heat in the summer to sub-zero cold in the winter—the ground a few feet below the earth's surface remains at a relatively constant temperature.

Ducts — To Seal or Not to Seal?

on Monday, 13 April 2015. Posted in Ductwork, Around the Industry

Ducts — To Seal or Not to Seal?

A subject that is sure to get some hearty debate going is whether ducts inside a conditioned space should be sealed or not. What is your opinion on this sticking point of energy efficiency?

Contractors Vent about HVAC Scams

on Monday, 06 April 2015. Posted in News

Contractors Vent about HVAC Scams

Few things make an honest contractor's blood boil like hearing homeowners' stories about how they've been scammed in the past.

Keep the Heart Pumping: Proper HVAC Compressor Maintenance

on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Posted in Maintenance

Keep the Heart Pumping: Proper HVAC Compressor Maintenance

The compressor is often compared to the heart in a human body — a vital organ that must keep pumping for the entire system to function. Just as the human body must be regularly checked to ensure the heart is working properly, so, too, must HVAC equipment.

Geothermal a Popular Option in Zero-net-energy Projects

on Monday, 23 March 2015. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Geothermal a Popular Option in Zero-net-energy Projects

For contractors and manufacturers in the geothermal segment of the HVAC industry, Zero-net-energy (ZNE) projects are becoming an increasingly popular way to save energy and showcase the green movement away from fossil fuels and carbon emissions.

Contractors Expect Modest Growth in 2015

on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Contractors Expect Modest Growth in 2015

It seems many HVAC contractors are feeling positive about the year ahead, at least according to ACCA, which reported its January 2015 Contractor Comfort Index (CCI) scored a 74 — much higher than a year earlier when the CCI stood at 69.

Home Energy Management Revenue to Top $22 Billion from 2014-2023

on Friday, 13 March 2015. Posted in Around the Industry

Home Energy Management Revenue to Top $22 Billion from 2014-2023

Shortly after Google purchased Nest Labs in January 2014, home energy management (HEM) stakeholders began reporting increased market activity.

DOE Proposes National 92% AFUE Standard

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Furnace, Around the Industry

DOE Proposes National 92% AFUE Standard

The proposed rule would raise the national minimum energy-efficiency standard for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces from the current 78 percent AFUE — which is set to increase to 80 percent in November — to 92 percent while also setting new efficiency standards for electrical consumption in standby mode.

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