Duct Dynasty: Surface Temperatures; Customers’ Comfort

on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Ductwork, Cooling, Heating

Duct Dynasty: Surface Temperatures; Customers’ Comfort

A primary goal of an HVAC professional is to ensure a customer's comfort. Let's say you have designed and installed an HVAC system that is absolutely perfect. The equipment is operating right on the manufacturer's specifications and sized properly according to load calculations and equipment selection procedures.

Energy Efficiency of HVAC Equipment Suffers Due to Poor Installation

on Monday, 17 November 2014. Posted in Service, Maintenance, Around the Industry

Energy Efficiency of HVAC Equipment Suffers Due to Poor Installation

The push for more efficient air conditioners and heat pumps aims to trim the 30 percent share of residential electrical energy use devoted to cooling and heating. But the benefits of improved energy efficiency ratings can go for naught if the equipment is not installed properly, as verified in a recent study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

ACCA Pushes for Universal Diagnostics

on Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Posted in Service, Around the Industry

ACCA Pushes for Universal Diagnostics

In an effort to make it easier for technicians to install, service, diagnose, and troubleshoot HVACR equipment, ACCA's Board of Directors recently unanimously adopted a motion "to implore the manufacturers of HVAC equipment to develop and implement open [nonproprietary], universal, onboard diagnostic [OBD] communication protocols for HVAC equipment self-commissioning and ongoing diagnoses."

EPA Finalizes R-22 Phaseout Plan

on Tuesday, 04 November 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

EPA Finalizes R-22 Phaseout Plan

Contractors who have found virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 readily available at their local supply houses had best prepare for a drastic drop-off in such supplies very soon.

Repair or Replace: That’s the Question

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Service, Around the Industry

Repair or Replace: That’s the Question

When should contractors repair an aging HVAC unit and when should they suggest a full system replacement? The question has hounded the industry for decades.

Leaky Ductwork Continues to Drain System Efficiency

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Ductwork, Around the Industry

Leaky Ductwork Continues to Drain System Efficiency

As homeowners become increasingly aware of their energy usage and indoor environments, and as home-performance contracting continues to gain traction in the U.S., many HVAC professionals are taking a whole-house approach instead of simply fixing immediate HVAC problems.

HVACR Industry Announces Bold Refrigerant R&D Plan

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

HVACR Industry Announces Bold Refrigerant R&D Plan

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek announced that the nation's heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry will invest $5 billion in research and development (R&D) funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used.

Ready for the 2015 Regional Efficiency Standards?

on Wednesday, 08 October 2014. Posted in News

Ready for the 2015 Regional Efficiency Standards?

The new standards increase the minimum cooling efficiency requirement to SEER 14 for split system central air conditioners in the South.

Thieves Target R-22 as EPA Phaseout Threatens Supply

on Monday, 06 October 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Thieves Target R-22 as EPA Phaseout Threatens Supply

The thief left with four drums, which retail for about $9,000. Luckily, the entire event was captured on camera.

Top A/C Hacks to Save Money

on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Top A/C Hacks to Save Money

While September can be slightly cooler, it's often when a/c systems stop working. The relentless heat of July and August takes a toll on a/c equipment new and old. But consumers can hack their a/c bills to save money throughout September and into the cold months ahead.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Heating, News

Carbon Monoxide Detection

What is carbon monoxide (CO) and how is it produced?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.

Home Performance Inspection

on Friday, 05 September 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Home Performance Inspection

Are you thinking of upgrading your home to be more energy efficient? Contact us to schedule a free Home Performance Inspection to determine what recommendations should be addressed first.

Next-Generation Thermostats: Putting You in Control

on Wednesday, 20 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Next-Generation Thermostats: Putting You in Control

The latest programmable thermostats are easier to operate than ever before thanks to backlighting, touch screens and Wi-Fi connectivity. However, researchers tell us that programmable thermostats will help you to save money on your bill only if you refrain from overriding the energy-saving settings.

Maintenance Checklist

on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in Maintenance

Maintenance Checklist

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

10 Tips for Hiring a Heating & Cooling Contractor

on Wednesday, 13 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

10 Tips for Hiring a Heating & Cooling Contractor

1. Study up — Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. And before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating and cooling needs.

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