HVAC

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
July 5, 2017

What You Need to Know About Ductless Mini-Split Systems

Summer is going to be hot, and your customers will be thinking about their cooling options. As their trusted HVAC professional, it’s your job to help them decide what’s best for their home.  You understand how to balance the requirements of your local climate with the needs of each customer’s home. You take care of […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
June 19, 2017

Three Ways to Keep Your HVAC Crew Happy in the Heat

The construction industry always heats up in the summer, and HVAC is no different. While you provide ventilation and cooling options to keep customers happy, remember your crew needs inspiration to stay productive throughout the summer! After all, the HVAC industry is going to get busier every year for some time to come. The US […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
June 5, 2017

Why Certification Matters When Balancing HVAC

Energy efficiency and resident comfort are critical to the success of your HVAC business. Installing the right equipment, providing sufficient ventilation and protecting the building’s rainscreen are a good start, but you also need to balance the HVAC system. If you plan to grow your HVAC business, consider adding air balancing to your suite of […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
May 23, 2017

When HVAC Gets Noisy, You Need to Get Busy

You do what you can to keep HVAC noise to a minimum with careful system design and installation that includes parts such as whisper-quiet diffusers. So, when you get a complaint about noisy HVAC, you can be sure that something is wrong with the system. It could be something as simple as a child’s toy […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Technology Focus
April 18, 2017

Big Data Yields Big Savings in HVAC

What if you could help your customers save 17% on their energy bill? According to Vladi Shunturov, president of Lucid, a software company specializing in Big Data, your customers’ building data can provide the opportunity to do just that. Today’s customer is concerned about energy savings, and you can give them all they need: vents […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
March 27, 2017

HVAC Zoning for the Smart Home

Your customers want more control over their household temperature and their energy bill, and they want the highest quality HVAC system their money can buy. That means more than smart thermostats and top-grade heating and cooling units, ducts and vents. It means an HVAC design that makes sense for their needs. In many cases, they […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
March 13, 2017

3D Printing Brings a New Dimension of Innovation to HVAC

As an HVAC installer, you have to be a Jack (or Jill) -of-all-trades with a working understanding of many aspects of the construction industry. Will you soon have to add 3D printing to your list of skills? Unless you’re doing custom projects with massive budgets, you probably don’t have to worry. 3D printing technology is […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
February 27, 2017

Are Invisible HVAC Repairs Important?

With energy costs increasing, making sure HVAC systems work at peak performance is a must. All systems need ongoing care, even the top-of-the-line ones that come with high-quality fittings, vents, and accessories. Some HVAC problems are less obvious and often decrease efficiency and increase the wear on expensive parts. A standard maintenance checklist includes checking […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
January 30, 2017

Grow Your HVAC Business with Better Estimates

Do you want to improve your margins? According to an industry expert, the majority of HVAC professionals can increase profits by changing their approach to estimates. Getting the best value in equipment and vents is only the start of costing out a job. You also need to assign labor and overhead costs appropriately, know when […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Installer Tips
January 16, 2017

Top Trends for HVAC Industry in 2017

As the world’s attention turns to energy efficiency, HVAC installers who know their stuff will be in high demand. If you know what’s trending in equipment, you can help your customers score well with popular certification programs. This means you’ll be busy all year! Make sure you know what to look for in fittings to […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
December 13, 2016

Is Being an HVAC Control Freak a Good Thing?

Choosing an HVAC vendor is one of the most important decisions a building owner makes. For items such as vents and fittings the choice is simple; but when it comes to managing HVAC, a big factor in the selection process is whether that vendor offers a proprietary system or one with open controls. This may […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
November 28, 2016

Get Ready to Go With Variant Refrigerant Flow

Your customers want to reduce their energy bills. For owners and operators of large residential and commercial buildings, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC could be the way to go. The benefits of VRF include energy efficiency, improved comfort and integration with smart technology, but it’s not ideal for every project. In contrast to air conditioning […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
November 14, 2016

HVAC Rates High in Green Building Standards

A green certification program called BREEAM was recently introduced in the U.S. If you’re a HVAC installer in North America, get to know the program, as chances are you’ll encounter a project seeking BREEAM certification. This building endorsement requires careful design of the HVAC system as well as the use of top grade equipment, from […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Technology Focus
October 17, 2016

How to protect your siding with rainscreen

When your customers choose siding for their homes, they balance aesthetics, cost and maintenance with energy efficiency and ease of installation. From an HVAC point of view, your primary concern is how their decision impacts the heating and cooling properties of a building. A major factor in the siding impact is whether there is a […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Rainscreen
September 26, 2016

5 Things Installers Need to Know About Integration

Can you help your customers choose an HVAC system that integrates seamlessly and takes advantage of available energy efficiency and monitoring capabilities? Integration is a key trend in the HVAC industry. It refers to HVAC and other building systems like lighting and security that are part of a single automation system. Yes, we’re talking about […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
September 12, 2016

HVAC for Multiple Dwelling Units

When you’re consulting on a big project like installing HVAC in multiple dwelling units (MDU), you need to know all of the factors at play. The biggest consideration with MDU is whether to install a central system or to take a compartmentalized approach and install HVAC into individual units. If your customer is looking for […]

Construction Methods, HVAC