HVAC Residential Market

My Two Cents: Work Less, Make More

Measure Success on Profit Rather than Amount of Work

If we have this flexibility, then we are not forced, nor tempted, to take those jobs that are out of our sweet spot and which invariably cost us money. 


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Condensing Furnaces Require Special Care

Sophisticated Systems Require More Comprehensive, Consistent Maintenance

There is no question there are some chilly months ahead, and homeowners will expect their expensive condensing furnaces to operate without fail, even on the coldest days. 


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Market Warms to Bioheat

Biofuel Burns Cleaner, Reduces Emissions

Moving to Bioheat is a painless process, as it can be used in virtually any existing oil furnace without making significant modifications.


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Daikin North America: Modulating Gas Furnace

The D_97MC modulating variable-speed gas furnace delivers up to 97 percent AFUE. The furnace’s redesigned heat exchanger is small in size. 


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VRF Gaining Acceptance in U.S. Marketplace

Value in VRF Found in the Equipment’s Benefits, Life Cycle Cost

The U.S. market was estimated to be worth $7.25 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a comound annual growth rate of 5.2 percent through 2019, according to a report by Transparency Market Research.


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Efficient, Practical VRF Installation Policies

Contractors, Manufacturers Recommend Reading, Following Equipment Manuals

If a system is not installed correctly, then it doesn’t work properly, and it will not reach its maximum energy-efficiency potential. VRF systems require the same level of care and quality work as ducted HVAC systems, maybe even slightly more.


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How to Effectively Sell VRF Technology

Contractors Highlight VRF’s Versatility, Energy Efficiency, and Ease of Installation

It’s the contractors job to educate consumers about the product and communicate the differences and benefits involved in order for them to fully understand what they are purchasing.


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States Incentivize High-efficiency Biomass Heating Systems

Commercial, Residential Programs Encourage New Installations

While those familiar with biomass heating are acutely aware of its numerous benefits and versatile applications, others remain unfamiliar with the recent technological advances that have made biomass heating an efficient, viable option for many customers.


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Coordinating a Green Building Code

Five Industry Organizations Combine to Develop Single Green Standard

While these organizations have been working together for years, they have never before attempted to coordinate their efforts into developing one comprehensive code. Now, they have committed to such a task and intend to release a green code in 2018.


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Inspiring Deep Energy Retrofits for Homes

Initiative Calls for 70 Percent Reduction in Energy Use

Linda Wigington runs the Thousand Home Challenge, a deep retrofit initiative geared at inspiring and enabling owners of existing homes to reduce their energy use by 70 percent or more.


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NEWSMakers: Matt Barga

Matt Barga, portfolio manager — a/c and coils, Ingersoll Rand, discusses how the company is working to comply with the new energy conservation standards for heat pumps and air conditioners that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Posted on Dec. 19.

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