Airflow is one of the most important, yet least understood, concepts in the HVAC industry. Everyone agrees that heating and cooling equipment requires proper airflow in order to keep occupants comfortable, but how does a technician ensure a residential system has proper airflow? A possible solution may rest with the grille and register manufacturers.
IAQ accessories are often viewed as nice to have if consumers can afford them after replacing their furnaces or air conditioners. That can make it a difficult sell for contractors; however, manufacturers are doing their best to educate homeowners about the consequences of indoor pollutants.
A properly designed wine cellar will ensure the homeowner's wine collection will be kept at the correct temperature and humidity for years. An improperly designed wine cellar can result in ruined wine collections, moldy walls, and water damage.
High-end compressors, many of which have come to market in the last few years, feature advanced technologies that allow cooling systems to work more efficiently and reliably. This couldn't come at a better time for OEMs to help them meet and exceed the 13 SEER minimum.
Phoenix Wholesale recently opened the doors of its newest location in the Phoenix area. At the grand opening, contractors streamed through the squeaky clean warehouse and parts store, admiring the stacks of Ruud equipment and commenting on the diverse products available in the ProStock shop.
Manufacturers purposely design condenser coils and evaporator coils to work together in order to provide the best possible efficiency. So why would anyone consider replacing one coil and not the other? The answer isn't as simple as you think, and the 13 SEER transition has brought the ongoing mismatched coil debate to a head.
It turns out that 2005 wasn't just a good year for manufacturers, it was also a terrific year for distributors. The Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) believes the positive trend will continue. But there are some lingering concerns.
Following a rosy 2005, unitary manufacturers agree that the transition to 13 SEER is the biggest challenge and opportunity at the moment. Meanwhile, other concerns, such as raw material costs and R-22's phaseout, loom.