More than 440 AirTime 500 members gathered recently for the organization’s expo, which was held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Convention Center. The four-day event covered a number of training and management issues, including the changing role of some large specialty stores.
Brian Cranney’s nickname is “Bear.” His height and dark hair make the inspiration behind the name partly evident. The rest is more difficult to perceive unless you spend some time with him. He’s a powerful, quiet, and honest businessman. He does not make empty promises.
At the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), Lennox Industries Inc. (Carrollton, TX) announced some significant new enhancements to its L Series® line of commercial packaged rooftop units, including improvements in efficiency and dehumidification.
The recent National Hvacr Systems Security Summit, hosted by The News and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), brought together a panel of experts in the fields of indoor air quality and building security (“Examining Building Security,” The News, Feb. 4). It came to almost no one’s surprise that one speaker garnered as much attention as any hvacr industry representative — attorney Tom Jackson.
The main reason why most condenser coils are coated is that they’re located in a harsh environment. These environments can be natural (saltwater) or manufactured (chemicals), but in either case, a coating will lead to increased unit longevity, maintained performance, and efficiency.
Bob Forty knows all about condensing coils. As president of Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Co., and a 30-year self-proclaimed student of the hvac industry, Forty has seen a lot of trends come and go. One of the trends he’s not happy about at all is condensing coils that are made from aluminum (aluminum tube/aluminum fin).
Ductless systems have been popular in Europe and much of Asia for many years, and they’re gaining popularity in the U.S. However, there are still some who believe ductless systems can be used for cooling-only applications. Or, they should only be used in retrofit situations where it’s not possible to install ductwork. But the world of ductless is being shaken up.