When it comes to large equipment that powers HVAC systems, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely rings true. And nowhere is an ounce of prevention more beneficial than with chiller maintenance.
People tend to use words like “complex” and “intense” to describe government regulations that impact the HVAC industry. These days, “rapidly changing” could also be applied, as the industry quickly shifts its plans to accommodate the potential change to the DOE’s regional furnace standard.
When you think of workplace violence, do you think it’s something that only happens at other people’s companies? That’s a common reaction, but smart contractors know there are many levels of violence that can occur in the workplace, and they take precautions to ensure their employees are safe, whether in the office or in the field.
The complex regulatory landscape that HVAC contractors must navigate is always shifting — and it received another jolt last month when news broke that the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) regional appliance standards for furnaces were potentially changing.
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed the rollout of version 3 of its Energy Star for New Homes program, and more HVAC contractors became involved in this process to certify efficient homes.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to three different generations of a family-owned HVAC business. During my interviews, I got to talk to the second-, third-, and fourth-generation family members. During my conversation with the youngest member of the family, I was particularly struck by the comments he made.