In approving the Senate energy bill, legislators voted for an amendment eliminating language that would have increased central air conditioner and heat pump efficiency by 30% (13 SEER) and instead opted for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to proceed with its expected rulemaking instituting a 20% increase or 12 SEER standard to go into effect in 2006.
This article was contributed to by representatives of this industry’s standards-making and contractor-based associations, offering a look inside their perceptions of their own past, present, and future, and the future of the hvacr industry.
The consolidation of the hvacr industry’s two main wholesale-distributor associations is still moving forward. The result would be like a new association, with new bylaws, regions, and governance, and a name that is “clear and distinct from either existing association,” according to a task force with members from the Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Wholesalers International (ARWI) and the Northamerican Heating, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Wholesalers (NHRAW).
The I’s haven’t been dotted and the T’s haven’t been crossed, but a plan has been set into motion to create a new organization made up of hvacr contractors. The name of the group will be Service Nation.
Nate and Ace have been working to replace an older gas furnace with a more efficient furnace. They have determined that they will use Type B venting for the new Category I appliance. Ace is perplexed by the two codes that Nate used in determining the length of material needed.
Even though total unitary shipments of 6.3 million central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps in 2001 reflect a 6% decline from the 2000 level, shipments remained at a very high level historically, and continue in that range this year.
The list in this article contains organizations that strive to represent the “best of the best” — these are the contractor groups that have formed to offer members and partners opportunities to grow and thrive during changing and sometimes turbulent business ebbs and flows.