The county of San Diego's East County Family Resource Center is part of the Health and Human Services Agency and offers self-sufficiency services for a better quality of life for all individuals and families in the county. Many different programs utilize the 22,000-square-foot facility, which was constructed in the 1970s, so keeping the cooling system working is a top priority.
Due to the 13 SEER standard that went in effect this year, was higher SEER equipment easier or harder to sell? Some contractors have had success selling higher SEER equipment, while others find their customers resistant to anything but minimum SEER units, though often customers are buying options for the minimum SEER units.
Contractors who would like to grow their businesses, but do not know exactly how, may want to consider purchasing a franchise. One new possibility is Daflure Heating and Air Conditioning, which has just started offering franchising opportunities.
Most contractors install HVAC systems for people, so they can ask the end users about their specific requirements. It becomes more difficult when the end users can't communicate their needs. Such was the case with the animal inhabitants of a new building constructed at Rehabitat.
Ruskin's manufacturing facility is housed in a former warehouse with no economical way to heat and cool the entire space. With employees complaining about being hot in summer and cold in winter, something needed to be done. The solution was some truly Big Ass Fans.
I have to say that my experience with whole-house fans has not always been positive. But times have changed, and now I'd love one of the new, smarter, and quieter whole-house fans. But many HVAC contractors just don't offer these products to their customers.
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.