As 2012 races to a close, The NEWS is proud to celebrate those making headlines this year — our NEWSmakers. Rather than lounge around and wait for the industry to come to them, these pacesetters rushed to the forefront, leading by example.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the superstorm it spawned in the northeastern United States, manufacturers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residential and light commercial boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps.
Mechanical contractors gathered from across the nation this fall to attend the Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s (MSCA) Live 2012 Annual Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. “Navigating a Changing World” was the central theme of the event, and each meeting segment focused on some aspect of change in business or life.
The HVACR industry now has a voice in Congress. Republican Randy Weber, owner, Weber’s Air and Heat, Pearland, Texas. The freshman congressman is making headlines nationwide, including here in The NEWS as a 2012 NEWSmaker.
The election has come and gone. And while HVACR contractors held on to hope that November’s ballots would provide a bit of clarity, looming legislative gridlock and unstable economic conditions continue to provide a much murkier forecast.
For the fifth straight year, HVACR professionals met for Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Service Managers Forum, focusing on streamlining the interaction between management, technician, and the customer.
More than 150 HVACR professionals explored the topic of building performance, the transition to home performance contracting, and more at Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) inaugural Building Performance Forum, Oct. 9-10, in Austin, Texas.
According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70 percent of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15 percent of the manufacturers expect a “much better year.”
Most HVAC contractors selling, installing, and maintaining furnaces are hopeful that this winter will be a lot cooler than last year’s. However, as meteorologists forecast dipping seasonal temperatures, energy experts are projecting rising costs.