Just when you thought it was safe to count on the Department of Energy (DOE) to finally institute its long awaited new federal standard for central air conditioners and heat pumps — most likely, 12 SEER — California now weighs in with a proposed higher state standard of 13 SEER. Plus, to make the issue even more jumbled, the U.S. Senate is now debating its energy bill, which includes proposed language that would legislate 13 SEER nationally.
In a time of concern and sometimes-downbeat news, some 750 Trane Comfort Specialists gathered in New Orleans, a carefree city with a decidedly upbeat atmosphere. While the contractors did take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city, much of the time was spent exploring the basics of building even more profitable businesses.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90 was originally a single document. Then it was split into 90.1 and 90.2. A forum at the 2002 ASHRAE Winter Meeting asked, “Should Standards 90.1 and 90.2 Be Combined Into A Single Standard?”
The “System Cleanup Issues” forum, part of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) Winter Meeting here, must have slipped under the radar of contractors whose technicians deal with such cleanups first hand.
This month, let’s talk about the furnace controllers that have shown up on 80%- and 90%-AFUE furnaces in the last 10 years or so. These are the mysterious boxes with all the wires emanating from them that control the entire furnace. I don’t know about you, but when I see one of these magic boxes for the first time, my stomach turns.
Hvac product manufacturer Lennox Industries and certifying body North American Technician Excellence (NATE) are working together to meet an important consumer wish. According to independent research, 87% of consumers want a certified technician to service their hvac equipment.
Even though this mock mold trial was held in a ballroom of the Westin Francis Marion Hotel, it was accurate enough to make contractors in the audience not want to get any closer to reality. Fictional hvac contractor XYZ HVAC Services was being sued by fictional homeowner Mr. Johnson, because moldy conditions aggravated by the 3-ton heat pump XYZ installed caused asthma in little Tricia Johnson.