While it remains to be seen how the new minimum-efficiency standards will impact the industry as a whole, most distributors are breathing a sigh of relief that their decision to stock more 13-SEER equipment is paying off, leaving them time to start thinking about what to do with the next round of minimum-efficiency standards, which the DOE is considering right now for residential furnaces.
Many contractors are adding new products and services that do not fall under the traditional HVAC contracting realm. These products can include everything from generators and tankless water heaters to security systems and pest control, and contractors are reporting a positive response to these non-HVAC offerings.
Barring an act of Congress, the 30 percent federal tax credit for residential geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems will expire at the end of 2016. The industry is worried about what that means for the future.