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tankless water heater

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters: Which One is Better for Your Customer?

When your customers are in the market for a new water heater, they essentially have two options: a traditional water heater that connects to electricity or gas, or a tankless water heater. While both pieces of HVAC equipment have the same ultimate function, they do not work the same way. Here is a closer look at the differences between the two so you can help your customers decide which one will work best for their needs. Read more

duct sealing hvac

Comfort Institute Proves Interior Leaks Impact Energy Efficiency

It is commonly believed that duct sealing is only beneficial if the leak occurs in an unconditioned space, such as an attic or basement. However, the Comfort Institute, in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), released updated findings that prove otherwise. Rob McCracken, GCEA’s director of operations, reports that after initial data has been collected, they can say with confidence that duct sealing in conditioned spaces is equally important. Read more

house call pro

Housecall Pro Simplifies Your HVAC Contractor Business

As your reliable HVAC supplier, we are always on a mission to help make your job easier. As such, when we discovered Housecall Pro, we just had to pass it on. In short, Housecall Pro is a software that you can use on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop to manage your HVAC business. It puts everything you need right at your fingertips, including the ability to schedule service and install appointments, create HVAC system estimates, produce service and parts invoices, receive credit card payments, and so much more. Read more

rooftop regulatory

What You Need to Know About the 2018 Efficiency Requirements for Rooftops

Back in 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new compliance guidelines for all commercial rooftop HVAC systems, including air conditioners and heat pumps, for any low-rise building. This affects a vast span of structures, including retail stores, mid-level hospitals, educational facilities, and more. The DOE stated that the new requirements would go into effect on January 1, 2018, and in the blink of an eye, that time is here. Read more

HVAC coil cleaning

Featured Coil Cleaning Products from Nu-Calgon

In order to make sure your customer’s HVAC system is operating at maximum efficiency, an annual coil cleaning is a must. By keeping the coils clean, you can make sure your customer’s unit operates with maximum energy efficiency while maintaining air quality.

Equally important is which cleaners you use to complete the coil cleaning process. If you use an acid cleaner, it can destroy the evaporator and condenser coils while releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. But if you use the right cleaner, you can effectively clean the coils without any harm. Here is a look at four featured Nu-Calgon coil cleaning products we recommend: Read more

cor home automation

Spotlight on Cor Home Automation

We’ve mentioned the Cor smart thermostat many times, but today we are going to take it a step further and introduce the complete Cor Home Automation system. Just like the Cor thermostat, the home automation system was created to be user friendly, innovative, and versatile. It integrates with all of the other smart features in a home, including the Cor Thermostat, to control the entire house from a smartphone or tablet. Here is a closer look at the capabilities and benefits of using the Cor Home Automation system. Read more

on call air hvac

OnCall Air and CE: A Match for the Ages

As an HVAC contractor, you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to tend to your current customers, you need to continue building your business, and give impeccable service every step of the way. While you love designing and installing HVAC systems, all of the paperwork, finances, and other administrative tasks that come along with it may be a business challenge. We feel you. That’s why we have partnered with a new software that was built specifically for HVAC contractors. Read more

afue ratings

AFUE Ratings Explained

Every type of HVAC equipment has its own efficiency rating system, and for boilers and furnaces, that system is called the annual fuel utilization efficiency, or the AFUE. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the boiler or furnace is. Understanding these ratings is important so you can demonstrate to your customers the efficiency of their current furnace or boiler, and explain why an upgrade or replacement may provide long-term cost savings by increasing efficiency. Read more

honeywell hvac parts

Spotlight on Honeywell: Your Universal Heating Parts Provider

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that creates innovative solutions for a variety of industries. In the HVAC world, they are renowned for their high-quality equipment and supplies. At CE, we are especially fond of their universal heating parts. By creating a line of universal items like gas valves, ignitors, and limit switches, contractors can free up space in their trucks and greatly reduce the amount of inventory they have to manage. Read more