Almost Half of HVAC Contractors Not Prepared for 2015 Efficiency Regulations

on Friday, 23 January 2015. Posted in Around the Industry

Almost Half of HVAC Contractors Not Prepared for 2015 Efficiency Regulations

With new air conditioning energy efficiency regulations now in effect, contractors in regions where SEER minimums are increasing will need to help their customers and suppliers understand the new efficiency requirements. However, a survey from Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. has found that 48 percent of contractors are still unaware of the regulations or unsure of how they affect their business.

Daikin Announces Expansion and Consolidation of Goodman Operations in Houston

on Monday, 19 January 2015. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Daikin Announces Expansion and Consolidation of Goodman Operations in Houston

Daikin Industries, Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of heating, cooling and refrigerant products, announced on January 6, 2015 that its board members have approved an expansion plan for its Goodman operations in the United States. Over the next several years, Daikin will be building a new state-of-the art business campus that consolidates the current manufacturing and logistics footprints to a location outside of Houston, TX, in an area near U.S. 290 and approximately three miles west of Texas State Highway 99. The new campus is currently projected to be operational mid-2016. This commitment of approximately $417M represents the largest single investment since the founding of the Goodman organization over thirty years ago. The construction is planned to commence in the coming months.

Risks Associated with Oversizing HVAC Systems

on Friday, 16 January 2015. Posted in Indoor Air Quality, Around the Industry

Risks Associated with Oversizing HVAC Systems

Oversizing any HVAC system will result in increased energy use, reduced comfort, indoor air quality, building, and HVAC equipment durability. The oversized comfort system will "short cycle" in both the heating and cooling modes.

Smart Thermostats to Reach Nearly $2.3 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023

on Wednesday, 14 January 2015. Posted in Around the Industry

Smart Thermostats to Reach Nearly $2.3 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023

After only a handful of years in existence, the market for smart thermostats is now poised for growth, says Navigant Research. This market is being driven by the advent of a range of innovative devices and software that appeal to a variety of customer segments, particularly in North America and Europe.

New Survey Reveals People Are Misinformed about IAQ Dangers in Their Homes

on Wednesday, 31 December 2014. Posted in Indoor Air Quality, News

New Survey Reveals People Are Misinformed about IAQ Dangers in Their Homes

According to a national survey from Broan-NuTone and Kelton, nine in 10 homeowners realize poor IAQ can contribute to certain health issues, yet only one-quarter of Americans are worried about the air quality in their homes. Many homeowners are worried about bugs or insects (55 percent) or someone breaking in (50 percent), but few are concerned about less overt intruders like pet dander, dust mites, and organic compounds from cooking.

Training Technicians on Mobile Technology

on Monday, 29 December 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office

Training Technicians on Mobile Technology

Mobile technology has changed the way contracting firms operate, thanks to a wide array of smartphones and tablets that allow the real-time exchange of information. As a result, many technicians in the field can now pull up a customer's service history, create an invoice or purchase order number, and transmit details of the service call to the home office almost instantaneously.

Grooming the Next Generation of HVACR Leaders

on Monday, 22 December 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Grooming the Next Generation of HVACR Leaders

The HVAC workforce is greying. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2012 there will be a shortfall of nearly 3 million skilled workers in America. By 2020, that number — for manufacturing-related industries — is expected to reach 10 million. According to Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), the average age of American skilled workers is 55 years old, and a recent Gallup poll revealed most Americans are retiring by the age of 62.

New Tools Available from Florida DBPR to Fight Unlicensed Activity

on Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has recently issued two new important tools to help fight unlicensed activity in Florida: Leave it to the Professionals flyer and a Mobile App.

Manufacturers Strive to Meet Standards

on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Furnace, Around the Industry, News

Manufacturers Strive to Meet Standards

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued more than a dozen final rules that directly or indirectly impact the HVACR industry. Two, in particular, directly regulate minimum efficiency requirements for HVAC motors.

Furnace Standard Fans the Flames

on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in Furnace, Heating, Around the Industry

Furnace Standard Fans the Flames

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published new energy conservation standards for residential furnace fans, which it says will help reduce carbon pollution by up to 34 million metric tons and save Americans more than $9 billion in home electricity bills through 2030. Critics of the rule argue the DOE is placing an undue burden on the HVAC industry by regulating components of appliances that already meet energy-efficiency guidelines, and that consumers will be harmed by the higher cost of the new furnaces.

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.

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