Energy efficiency ratings (SEER/EER) of air conditioners and heat pumps keep rising, thanks to new technologies such as electronically commutated motors (ECMs), inverter-driven compressors, and advanced heat exchangers. These technologies have helped boost high-end cooling equipment ratings to the mid-20-SEER range, which was unthinkable just a few years ago.
Manufacturers often offer longer warranties and hefty rebates as a way to entice homeowners to purchase more expensive HVAC systems. Rebates and tax credits are also sometimes offered by federal, state, and local governments and utilities as a way to encourage consumers to reduce their energy use by purchasing newer, more efficient equipment.
Companies and employees often find some form of protection in short- and long-term insurance plans, and perhaps none are more worthy than disability programs, which are designed to replace some of the wages lost by people who cannot work because of a disabling injury or illness.
Synergy Solution Group (SSG), a new association for independent mechanical contractors trying to gain a business advantage, is picking up momentum in the HVACR marketplace. And, while SSG is a relatively new association, many might be familiar with the group’s leadership.
Is it possible there are negative effects caused by uninsulated ducts in conditioned spaces we may have overlooked for decades? Let’s look at some problems you might encounter due to this practice and how you can determine the impact on the performance of your systems.
During the busiest of busy seasons, preparation is key in order for rooftop units to continue operating efficiently. So, break out those checklists, get a grip on those meters, and ensure your clients’ rooftop units are ready to rock and roll.
While the busy season can be stressful for HVAC contractors, it’s also a moneymaker. As a result, some companies go so far as to black out the summer months and highly discourage, or even restrict, employee vacations at this time.
A set of recently enacted energy conservation standards for commercial air conditioners, heat pumps, and warm-air furnaces, otherwise known as rooftop units (RTUs), are set to go into effect in 2018 and 2023 and should, most definitely, be on the radar of all commercial HVAC contractors and manufacturers.