LAS VEGAS — The aisles were crowded at the Las Vegas Convention Center as the 2017 AHR Expo returned for three days in the desert, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
Final numbers from the International Exposition Co. showed that 68,615 HVAC industry representatives met in Las Vegas to experience the spectacle that was the 2017 AHR Expo. This year’s event set an all-time attendance record, exceeding the previous record of 61,674 set in 2015 in Chicago by 11.2 percent.
“This show is fantastic,” said Will Lange, director of distributor sales, WaterFurnace Intl. Inc. “The traffic has been very heavy. There is certainly a lot of activity in the geothermal channel, and we are seeing renewed energy, which is really good news.”
This year’s show floor spanned 500,159 square feet and welcomed 1,968 exhibitors. Of those, 80 percent displayed new or enhanced products, systems, and technologies.
The NEWS’ editors were very busy walking the aisles at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Inside this issue, readers will find many of the new products that were first introduced at the show in addition to the major trends defining the HVAC industry’s future in 2017 and beyond.
Ductless HVAC: Ductless HVAC in High Demand
Apps + Software: The Golden Age of HVACR Software
Residential A/C: Efficiency, Internet of Things Influence Residential A/C Market
Ventilation: Energy Efficiency Drives IAQ, Ventilation
Tools + Testing: Tools Becoming Smarter, Testing Instruments More Connected
Furnaces: New Furnaces Are Smart, Efficient
Portable HVAC: Efficiency, Safety Drive Portable Heating, Cooling Markets
Refrigerants: Expect Another ‘Dynamic’ Year for HVAC Refrigerants
Rooftops + Chillers: Standards Shape the Future for RTUs
Refrigerant Recovery: New Gases, New Challenges for Refrigerant Recovery Sector
UV + Air Purification: UV/Air Purification Touts Easier Installation and Improved Safety
Motors + Drives: Motors, Drives Strive for Greater Configurability, Efficiency
Home Automation + Zoning: Zoning in on Home Automation
Heat Pumps: Heat Pumps Hot in Cool Climates
Humidification + Dehumidification: Moisture Management Markets Grow Smarter, More Useful
Publication date: 2/27/2017