HVAC

September 10, 2018

How ultraviolet lights protect HVAC systems

How do you keep your customers’ homes healthy?  For starters, you can include wall caps and roof vents that protect a building’s rainscreen. But the building envelope isn’t the only source of contamination. Sometimes the HVAC equipment itself introduces unhealthy microbes into the air. One way to minimize this and ensure good indoor air quality […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
September 4, 2018

Why Machine Learning is the Future of HVAC and Building Management

In many ways, the HVAC industry has been ahead of the curve with technology adoption. Building automation systems have been around for decades. But as more building managers want to improve indoor air quality and ventilation, there is more interplay between different systems, making management more complex. Even though the availability of new technology has […]

HVAC, Industry Trends
July 30, 2018

How to prepare a home before a storm hits

As we all bake in the summer heat, it’s easy to accept the reality of global climate change. Besides the warmer temperatures, the increase in sea levels and ocean temperatures caused by climate change are causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms. Most HVAC equipment is already designed to be tough and […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
July 3, 2018

What you need to know about voice-activated HVAC

As buildings become more energy efficient, the design of components like wall caps and roof vents have been modified to protect the rainscreen. The biggest change recently, however, has been in the area of home automation. Voice-enabled technology is the latest wave and understanding how to deliver it to your customers can make you their […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
June 18, 2018

How HVAC manufacturers are helping to reduce climate change

Did you know that HVAC represents about 40% of a building’s total energy consumption? With climate change top of mind for many home-owners, energy-efficient homes with smaller environmental footprints are in demand. First steps are to improve and protect the building envelope. For example, you can help maintain the integrity of the envelope by installing […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
May 14, 2018

Why indoor air quality apps are good for your HVAC business

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big concern for many homeowners. In high-density urban areas with poor outdoor air quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends staying indoors and breathing conditioned air. So it’s now more important than ever that residential HVAC systems meet the highest standards in IAQ protection. As their HVAC technician, you […]

HVAC, Technology Focus, Ventilation
May 1, 2018

How solar will impact the HVAC industry

Are you following recent headlines about solar energy? With HVAC systems considered the biggest energy consumers in most buildings, your industry is bound to be affected by solar! Heatspring Magazine advises that HVAC technicians learn how to install solar panels if they plan to provide green building services. This is good for your HVAC installation […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
April 16, 2018

Steel and aluminum tariffs – how hard will the HVAC industry be hit?

If you’ve been on the fence about making the transition to polymer resin vents or wall caps for your HVAC installations, now’s a good time to make the switch. Our UV-protected polymer resin products are built to withstand all sorts of weather and are impact resistant, even at low temperatures. This means that even after […]

HVAC
March 26, 2018

Balancing air quality and energy conservation with HVAC load shedding

Many of your customers face constant pressure to reduce energy consumption. Businesses and facility managers must always improve margins and meet the requirements of certification programs such as LEED. One energy conservation strategy that has been gaining traction is load shedding. What is load shedding? Load shedding shuts off power to one part of a […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
March 12, 2018

What to do about an aging building management system

Many facility manager customers are now faced with the problem of how to handle aging Building Management Systems (BMS). As their contractor, you’ve ensured that all HVAC components will last for years – especially ones exposed to the elements like roof vents and wall caps. But a control system could be obsolete or fail within […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
March 6, 2018

5 HVAC sensors you need to know about

An HVAC installation has so many components your customers simply don’t see. They will choose diffusers, grilles, and vents that blend tastefully with their home design, but other HVAC equipment is usually hidden away in a basement or on a roof. And even more invisible are the sensors that make everything run smoothly. As energy […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
January 15, 2018

Construction trends in 2018 that will impact HVAC

Construction and HVAC installation are always designed together. When they’re not, the HVAC installer resorts to fixes like a squeeze elbow to install venting in tight spaces. So, understanding which construction trends will impact HVAC can help you plan for 2018. This year’s them? Digital integration. Why labor is the driving force The construction industry […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
January 2, 2018

How can HVAC benefit from the Energy Star Program?

The end of the year is a time for reflection, a time to take stock of achievements and relationships. In HVAC, you can measure these by considering how you helped your customers improve indoor air quality with proper ventilation or calculating how many building envelopes you protected with rainscreen-compatible wall caps. You can also consider […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
December 12, 2017

Thermal imaging for HVAC diagnostics and more

When your HVAC customers have a complaint about drafts, heat loss, or poor air quality, they need you to identify and fix the problem quickly. And as any technician knows, diagnostics are a complicated matter. Even the most basic homes have multiple potential sources of heat loss. Vents, wall caps, ducts, and other equipment are […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Technology Focus
October 30, 2017

Why roof and gutters matter for an energy-efficient home

Your customers want their HVAC system to be efficient, and they look to their installer to make that happen. That’s why you need to understand all of the components of an energy-efficient home, especially an airtight building envelope. Snow, wind, rain, and hail pose a major threat to the integrity of your customer’s building envelope, […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
October 16, 2017

How to Ensure High Indoor Air Quality with Electronic Air Cleaners

In the coming months your customers will spend more time inside, and indoor air quality (IAQ) will be on their minds. Localized ventilation with outdoor exhaust vents for kitchens and bathrooms is vital to IAQ, but there are other steps your customers can take. Considering electronic air cleaners is one of them. Electronic air cleaners […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
October 3, 2017

Insulating ducts for more efficient HVAC

As we enter the fall season, your customers will be dusting off their heat registers and buying fuel in preparation for colder weather. This means they’ll be thinking about ways to reduce their energy bill, and they will turn to you, their trusted HVAC professional, for solutions. One way your customers can improve the efficiency […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
September 18, 2017

Why HVAC is Important to a Healthy Workplace

How many factors play a role in the quality of indoor air quality (IAQ)? For starters, rainscreens and wall caps that protect the building envelope, definitely improve IAQ many residential and commercial buildings by preventing mold and rot. Next on the list is a properly designed and maintained HVAC system – an essential part of […]

HVAC
July 31, 2017

How to handle aging induction HVAC

HVAC technology is constantly evolving to improve energy efficiency and support building health. An example of this is the development of wall caps and vents designed to protect a building’s rainscreen. And while rainscreen compatible vents are an innovation that’s here to stay, some equipment goes in and out of style. Induction HVAC falls in […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
July 17, 2017

2018 HVAC Regulations You Need to Know About

An understanding of regulations is critical to success in the HVAC industry. It ranks up there with getting the ventilation right and ensuring your customers’ quiet enjoyment of their homes with high-quality diffusers. Two upcoming policies that will have a big impact on HVAC are the new refrigerant regulations and the new efficiency requirements that […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Technology Focus