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.
As contractors become better versed on the benefits of ductless technology, they play a key role in educating homeowners as to why duct-free technology may be a better solution in terms of efficiency and design flexibility.
The explosive growth of smartphones has led to hundreds of apps that can provide instant access to help anywhere and anytime it’s needed.
Energy efficiency, the growing popularity of ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF), the evolution of heat pumps into whole-home solutions, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are a few of the major trends influencing products in the residential air conditioning market.
The ventilation market, much like the rest of the HVACR industry, is being driven by the need for more energy-efficient products.
Whether driven by government intervention or the desire to achieve cost savings, efficiency continues to be a buzzword in the hydronics market.
The tools segment, specifically hand tools, may not be the first portion of the market that comes to mind when thinking of digital and connected HVAC devices. However, manufacturers are seeing interest in connected tools, and the adoption rate is growing rapidly.
Although the function of compressors hasn’t changed tremendously over the years, the way they go about getting the job done has become increasingly refined and polished.
The general public continues to learn of radiant benefits and applications, which span walls, ceilings, and cooling applications.
With energy prices due to rise, customers are looking for high-efficiency furnaces that will reduce their energy bills while still providing optimal comfort. They also want smart, user-friendly controls that will allow them to monitor and adjust their systems whenever and wherever they want.
Portable heating and cooling units, much like the rest of the HVAC industry, are aiming to become as efficient as possible.
The refrigerant industry is no stranger to change, and the changes will keep coming in 2017.
Early last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule amending the minimum efficiency standards for residential boilers, which will go into effect Jan. 15, 2021. In addition, the DOE amended its test procedure for residential boilers.
Of course, reclaimers can only reclaim what contractors and technicians recover, and while the R-22 numbers may never match the hoped-for projections, the industry is already looking to the future and preparing to address new challenges in a post-hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) world that also is likely facing a phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
UV-C and air-purification are crucial technologies when it comes to eliminating odors, molds, bacterias, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
While organizations lobbied Congress for an extension like the ones given to photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies, the U.S. House of Representatives chose not to extend the tax credits for the geothermal market.
Home automation is no longer a thing of the past. Customers are seeking ways to intelligently control their homes in more ways than ever before, as evidenced by the number of new smart home products on display in this sector at the AHR Expo.
While ductless heat pumps have grabbed the spotlight in recent years, central air-source heat pumps still remain popular, as evidenced by the new products on display at the AHR Expo.
Meeting customers’ humidification and dehumidification needs year-round can be challenging, which is why HVAC contractors are constantly seeking energy-efficient solutions.
The thermostat market has evolved to cater to modern customers’ ever increasing needs. Today, people look to their smartphones for nearly everything, including banking, home security, and, of course, the ability to manage their indoor comfort levels.
This refrigerant leak sealant features a triple-power sealant that installs in just seconds. It features a push-button product flow valve that does not require a propellant or other such tools, thereby eliminating the need for technicians to carry multiple items, such as manifold gauges, caulking guns, screw drivers, and refrigerant hoses.
The Green Tech Line of refrigeration and air conditioning components is designed for use with natural refrigerants R-290 (propane), R-600a (isobutane), and R-744 (CO2). These high-quality, hydrocarbon (HC) and CO2-ready system components include valves, controllers, transducers, filter driers, and microchannel heat exchangers.
With the rise in popularity of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, some enterprising contractors are employing digital marketing strategies on social media platforms.
Today, many homeowners trust the opinions of their contractors, but more often than not, they also do some research of their own online before making decisions about their purchases.
Many certifying organizations provide marketing materials for their members to help them brand their companies as true professionals in the HVAC industry.
There are dozens of marketing metrics business owners could track. However, which metrics should they focus on? And how, why, and when should these data be considered?
Whenever I’m looking to learn something new, my first immediate inclination is to open my computer, fire up Google, and ask my question. Many times, I get exactly what I’m looking for — 479,000 results at a time.
If a website is more than a few years old, it probably needs some fine-tuning or perhaps a complete overhaul. Warning signs include slow page load time, a branding message that misses the mark, stale information, pages that aren’t user-friendly, and old back-end technology that makes editing the site nearly impossible.
Don’t just think it can’t happen to you or your company. These scammers are often smarter than we give them credit for. I believe we, as a group, must be vigilant.
Bob and Tim have responded to a service request where the customer is explaining that their heat pump is running all the time. The indicator light on their thermostat is lit most of the time, indicating the strip heat is on as well. The weather is cold today but has been warm some days and cold some days. It’s a very unusual heating season.