Trane Introduces Remote Monitoring Tool for Residential HVAC Systems

on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted in Service, Maintenance, Around the Industry, News

Trane Introduces Remote Monitoring Tool for Residential HVAC Systems

Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has introduced Nexia™ Diagnostics, a remote residential HVAC system monitoring capability, which the company said can help prevent minor issues from turning into major repairs.

Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Efficient

on Wednesday, 24 June 2015. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Efficient

HVAC systems now come with higher efficiencies than ever, with air-source cooling equipment surpassing the 25-SEER mark and gas furnaces achieving more than 98 percent AFUE. Customers who pay for these highly efficient (and expensive) systems expect them to achieve those ratings and provide superior comfort, and, if they don't, they are often disappointed and even angry.

Air Conditioner That is Conditioned to Follow You

on Monday, 15 June 2015. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Air Conditioner That is Conditioned to Follow You

If there's one thing technology is great for, it's making humans that much lazier. In the case of a new innovation from MIT, that means you can be cool wherever you go due to an air conditioning system that can follow you around.

Defining Indoor Air Quality

on Tuesday, 09 June 2015. Posted in Indoor Air Quality, Around the Industry

Defining Indoor Air Quality

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its seminal report to Congress on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in 1989, the HVAC industry raced to provide products and services that would help improve the quality of the air in homes and businesses alike. Almost overnight, the public became concerned with ventilation, filtration, and humidity control issues, and contractors and manufacturers scrambled to find solutions to the sometimes complex problems associated with IAQ.

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.

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