Nortek Inc. announced the appointment of Bruno Biasiotta as chief operating officer, air management. In this newly appointed role, Biasiotta will report to Nortek's president and chief executive officer, Michael J. Clarke, and assume responsibility for the Residential & Commercial HVAC and Custom & Commercial Air Solutions businesses.
An investment in innovation came to fruition as Emerson officially introduced its $35 million Helix Innovation Center on April 27. The 40,000-square-foot center, located on the University of Dayton campus, will serve as a commercial building controls and HVAC technology lab.
The Service World Expo announced HVAC industry icons Ron Smith and Matt Michel will share the podium for a special “Legends of the Industry” presentation at the inaugural Service World Expo, to be held at the Tropicana Hotel, Oct. 26-27, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Modern Mechanical has joined forces with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® and will eventually be known by the name One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. Local owners Shawn Mitchell and Pete Danielson will maintain a 100 percent ownership stake in Modern Mechanical.
Daikin announced that its new $417 million HVAC campus nearing completion just outside of northwest Houston has officially been named the Daikin Texas Technology Park.
M-TriGen Inc., a manufacturer of micro-combined cooling, heating, and power generation (MCCHP) equipment, has announced the launch of three new models of its trigeneration products following authorization by Intertek to mark them for ETL standards.
The HVAC industry is not immune to this growing trend for on-demand services. Last year, on-demand behemoth Amazon launched Amazon Home Services, offering 15 million service listings across more than 900 professional services, including HVAC. Amazon joins Home Advisor, Thumbtack, and others offering these types of middlemen services to connect homeowners with contractors.
Dozens of major manufacturers are now offering a variety of training options ranging from short online offerings to extensive on-location training in hopes of making ductless HVAC a worthwhile investment for consumers and contractors.
While VRF technology has had a strong footprint in Japan and Europe for decades, it’s still maturing and gaining widespread acceptance throughout North America. And as the market matures and evolves, manufacturers are enhancing and improving their ductless offerings, including those featuring VRF technology.
The global HVAC rental equipment market is predicted to reach $4.63 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 8 percent, according to the latest market study released by Technavio.
At the recent ACCA Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, The NEWS had the opportunity to speak with three HVAC manufacturing executives about the issues facing the industry.
Historically, the most common HVAC company names were typically family-named or alphabetical, which helped the positioning in media that listed companies A to Z. It’s important for HVAC contractors to break through all the clutter and noise in the market and be memorable.
Some risks will turn out well, and others will become failures. Regardless, the simple act of trying something different and new will help you. You’ll gain confidence in your abilities, and you’ll learn from both your successes as well as your failures. Your life will expand, you’ll grow wiser, and you’ll become more successful.
The HRC Series’ two-piece chassis is housed in an attractive cabinet with a durable powder-coat finish. A 5-inch sub-base and a louvered grille are available as options. Unit controls include advanced digital changeover between heating and cooling along with fan speed selection.
As home-performance contractors spend considerable time sealing air leakage in homes, much of the responsibility of educating homeowners about the benefits of proper ventilation lands on them.
ERVs are among the fastest growing segments of improved IAQ management in buildings, according to a report from Navigant Research. According to the report, worldwide revenue from ERVs will grow from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $2.8 billion in 2020.
The University of Maryland, through a partnership with 3D Systems and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office, has used 3D printing to prototype a new heat exchanger. The product weighs 20 percent less, is 20 percent more efficient, and can be manufactured much quicker, compared to current designs.
California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) has released a proposed strategy aimed at curbing emissions that includes prohibitions on high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.
Xergy Inc. has announced a new refrigeration system based on an electrochemical compressor to replace the conventional mechanical vapor compression systems found in typical heat pumps. The company credits the University of Delaware’s Ajay Prasad and his research team with playing an important role in the breakthrough.
Every year, The NEWS introduces the latest cooling equipment available for the upcoming summer season in order to help contractors prepare for this busy period by doing the research that will help them to distinguish between brands. The coverage features specific information about each individual product as submitted by the manufacturers.
The energy and excitement was certainly present among contractors across the nation, and while it has waned for some, many still see great benefits and potential in the home-performance marketplace.
Clearly establishing what you want and expect from your people and understanding what they want and expect from you will go a long way toward making things run as smoothly as possible.
Diagnosing an air conditioning system isn’t easy. A service technician must be a trained professional to diagnose a system efficiently and correctly — no longer can a tech rely on rules of thumb for coil temperatures or pressures.
George “Butch” Welsch, the 74-year-old owner of the St. Louis-based Welsch Heating & Cooling Co., was recently honored as the ACCA 2016 Residential Contractor of the Year during the ACCA 2016 conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Panasonic Corp. announced it has developed a thermal sensation estimation method using the infrared array sensor Grid-EYE capable of recognizing a person’s thermal comfort, to enable individualized air conditioning.
UL announced that its Plano, Texas, facility has received approval from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to perform testing for its Unitary Small Air-Conditioner and Heat Pump (USAC/HP) certification program for packaged products.
Weil-McLain®, a leading designer and manufacturer of hydronic comfort heating systems for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, has launched its 2016 School of Better Heating training program.
Renovate America, a leading provider of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, announced it has partnered with the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a leading energy-efficiency home improvement contractor network.
The combined events drew more than 1,500 people from all over the country and featured 35 workshops in seven different tracks, including leadership, commercial contracting, residential contracting, business operations, radiant and hydronics, quality assurance, and building performance, which were assembled by some of the nation’s most successful contracting professionals.
Industry figures are estimates that are derived from the best available figures supplied by a sample of AHRI member companies.