When The News asked for additional comments at the end of the article “Aluminum Vs. Copper: The Great Condensing Coil Debate” (Feb. 18, The News), the floodgates opened. Out rushed Trane and American Standard dealer-contractors.
The test instruments on display at the 2002 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) were all about updating and improving old models to make them lighter, more versatile, and more technologically impressive.
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.