HVAC Residential Market

New Reports on Refrigerants Released

Research Balances Low GWP with Energy Costs
October 29, 2012
Two new reports that provide detailed studies of refrigerants have recently been released. The research is evaluating how newer refrigerants — ranging from HFC and HFO f-gases to natural refrigerants such as ammonia, CO2, and HCs — stack up against the current crop of popular refrigerants.


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Geothermal Is Renewable and Efficient

October 29, 2012
The question arises from time to time in building industry blogs about whether or not geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are a source of renewable energy. So where do they fit? 


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Consumers Show Interest in High-Efficiency Boilers

October 22, 2012
The new residential boiler efficiency standards just went into effect in September, with gas-fired hot water boilers now having to be a minimum of 82 percent AFUE. Many in the industry note that sales of higher efficiency boilers have been trending up, so homeowners are already expressing interest in better efficiency.


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Johnson Controls: Dual-Fuel Heat Pump

October 22, 2012
The Luxaire® brand Acclimate™ packaged 2- to 5-ton dual-fuel heat pump features low nitrogen oxide (NOx) for reduced carbon emissions, R-410A refrigerant, standard louvered condenser coil protection, and easy power and control wiring connections for reduced installation time and costs.


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Hydronics Roundtable Explores Value of Water Systems

October 15, 2012
While seven of 10 American homes utilize forced air to heat and cool their homes, a rising portion of the industry believes radiant and hydronic heating and cooling provides a better path to prosperity. These self-proclaimed “wet heads” met in Providence, R.I., Sept. 11-12 for the inaugural Hydronics Roundtable.


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Brothers Partner to Grow Businesses

October 15, 2012
Randy Novak, president-elect of SMACNA, has urged his fellow contractors to follow his example and become involved in the home performance contracting market. Novak often works with Home Star Iowa and the firm’s chief building analyst, Rob Novak — who just happens to be his brother.


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Johnson Controls Inc.: Dual-Fuel Packaged Heat Pumps

October 15, 2012
The York® line of Affinity™ packaged heat pumps has been expanded with the addition of the 2-, 2.5-, 3-, 3.5-, 4-, and 5-ton dual-fuel packaged heat pumps. They achieve efficiencies up to 14 SEER, 11.8 EER, and 8 HPSF, delivering energy savings and comfort.


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LG Electronics USA Air Conditioning: Duct-Free Systems

October 15, 2012
The wall-mounted model added to the Art Cool™ duct-free system line is elegantly styled and allows for increased airflow throughout the room, according to the company. The 12K Btuh offers SEER up to 26, and the 9K model offers up to 28 SEER.


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Making a Case for Mobile Technology

Consultant Discusses Why Distributors Should Consider MEAP
October 1, 2012
What could help distributors raise the bar on customer service and satisfaction? Information about the inner workings of their companies as well as having a transparent, real-time view into their processes could help, but how does a distributor achieve these things?  


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Distributors Navigate Business Change

Contractors Discuss Their Distributor Relationships
October 1, 2012
HVAC contractors and distributors have a special business relationship. As with any relationship, external circumstances have changed some of the relationship dynamics. What is it that contractors are looking for from their distributors and how are the distributors responding?


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