Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a long-awaited new rule governing enforcement of the residential central and single-package air conditioner energy conservation standards that took effect Jan. 1, 2015. Most notably, the enforcement rule includes new mandatory recordkeeping requirements.
Surplus 13 SEER equipment from the US can be sold in Canada
April 18, 2016
HVAC efficiency standards have changed in the U.S., creating an opportunity for Canadians dealers. Distributors and manufacturers in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the U.S. need to sell 13 SEER inventory by July 2016. Canadian dealers can purchase this equipment at significant savings.
HVAC contractors seem to be feeling cautiously optimistic about short-term growth, at least according to ACCA, whose Contractor Comfort Index (CCI) scored a 76 in January 2016. But, there is still concern about the U.S. economy and conditions around the world, in general.
Energy efficiency, integration with smart home technology, and the ongoing impact of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) regional efficiency standards are major trends influencing products in the residential air conditioning market.
It seems many HVAC contractors are feeling positive about the year ahead, at least according to ACCA, which reported its January 2015 Contractor Comfort Index (CCI) scored a 74 — much higher than a year earlier when the CCI stood at 69.
Year-to-date combined shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps increased 11.1 percent, and U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces increased 5.1 percent over the same period in 2013 (oil warm air furnaces increased 8 percent).
Emerson Survey Shows Contractors Are Still Unsure How New Regulations Will Affect Their Businesses
January 22, 2015
With new a/c energy efficiency regulations now in effect, contractors in regions where SEER minimums are increasing will need to help their customers and suppliers understand the new requirements. However, a survey from Emerson has found that 48 percent of contractors are still unaware of the regulations or unsure of how they affect their business.
Session Will Discuss the Manufacturer’s, Distributor’s, and Contractor’s Perspective
January 22, 2015
The new regional efficiency standards for residential a/c will be discussed during a free AHR Expo session, “New 2015 Regional Standards and the Effects on Different Areas of the HVAC Industry,” scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the AHR Expo, being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, in room S106a.
Opportunity for Higher Revenues Seen as Upside of Increasing Efficiency Standards
August 29, 2014
While a number of HVAC contractors remain uninformed about changes in energy efficiency regulations coming in 2015, some are thinking ahead to how these changes will affect their businesses. A survey by Emerson finds that 40 percent of commercial contractors and 42 percent of residential contractors in the North see upsell opportunities.
The Working Group Restarts the Negotiated Rulemaking Process
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to establish a rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to negotiate proposed regional energy efficiency standards. Two HVAC professionals have been announced as participants in this group.
In this issue of The NEWS, we present the Residential Heating Showcase, featuring the latest heating equipment to hit residential HVAC. We also discuss developments in the tools and test instruments market.