Technology Focus

January 28, 2019

Why Cracked Heat Exchangers Need To Be Replaced

It’s never acceptable to allow carbon monoxide into a household, which is why a cracked heat exchanger has the potential to spell big trouble for any furnace. In fact, it’s an industry standard to immediately replace any furnace that shows cracks or holes in its heat exchanger. But how seriously is the problem really taken […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Technology Focus
December 31, 2018

Are you ready for the end of R-22 refrigerants?

It’s a good time to revisit the looming end of continued HCFC-22 refrigerant production, or R-22 as it’s better known. If you’re an HVAC technician or contractor, you’re in a prime position to help educate your customers and prospective clients on the need to start preparing for the transition. Here’s a quick look at everything […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Technology Focus
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
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
May 28, 2018

Robots in facility management, HVAC, and construction

HVAC, facility management, and construction are catching up with other industries in adopting the latest technologies. Options like drones and robotics are on their way to becoming commonplace as more industries implement Internet of Things (IoT) technology due to the labor shortages trades are facing all over North America. While the robot technology coming to […]

Technology Focus
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
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 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
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 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
September 5, 2017

There’s an HVAC app for that

Whether you’re balancing a system, charging a refrigerant, or sizing ducts, HVAC work requires many calculations that eat up a lot of time. Fortunately, you probably have a solution for this problem in your back pocket. With a smart phone, you have access to many applications (apps) that will save you time and money. Apps […]

Installer Tips, Technology Focus
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
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