When we hear the phrase “Earth Day” many things come to mind… Planting trees, cleaning a park, the effects of global warming, dangerous air pollution levels. What Earth Day means to each of us makes the day a meaningful celebration. (new paragraph) The first Earth Day was in 1970. After seeing the damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, a national “teach-in” that focused on educating the public about the environment was formed.
For CE Earth Day reminds us of our committed to helping contractors initiate or participate in Go Green initiatives within their organizations though the W-360 program. W-360 is a nationwide recycling and sustainability service for customers and facilities in CE family.
CE customers can promote a healthy environment by offering high efficiency equipment, indoor air quality solutions, and smart technologies to their clients. Register for your new account today at www.carrierenterprise.com!
In a recent survey conducted by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, it was found that about 50% of homes will be equipped with “smart” technology by the end of 2016. The Smart Home Marketplace Survey also found that more than half of homeowners (54 percent) would purchase or install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that doing so would make it sell faster. What do homeowners consider smart? 1) security (e.g., locks and alarm systems – 63 percent), 2) temperature (e.g., thermostats and fans – 63 percent), lighting (e.g., light bulbs and lighting systems – 58 percent) 3) safety (e.g., fire/carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights – 56 percent). Stay with the times and make sure your business is offering the latest Smart HVAC products to your customers. CE carries an array of smart technologies that you need in order to stay competitive.
Read the full article “Nearly Half of Americans Will Have Smart Home Technology by the End of 2016” at http://www.achrnews.com/articles/131523-nearly-half-of-americans-will-have-smart-home-technology-by-the-end-of–
TUESDAY’S TIP: Gain a leg up on the competition by mastering thermostatic expansion valve (TXV) repairs. ARCH News reports there is still a lack of knowledge about TXVs in the market. By learning how the three main forces (Spring, Evaporator, and Bulb Pressure) work within the TXV, HVAC technicians can better troubleshoot failed valves.
Learn more about “Operating and Troubleshooting Thermostatic Expansion Valves” at http://www.achrnews.com/articles/131531-operating-and-troubleshooting-thermostatic-expansion-valves
In December, the U.S. Department of Energy set in place new energy conservation standards for commercial air conditioners, heat pumps and commercial warm-air furnaces classified as rooftop units. These efficiency standards will save businesses an estimated $167 billion in energy costs over the lifetime of the equipment in addition to reducing carbon pollution.
Read more about DOE rooftop unit standards at http://www.achrnews.com/articles/131461-doe-sets-groundbreaking-rooftop-unit-standards
When comparing the number of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps shipped in 2015 to those shipped the prior year, there is a decrease across the board. However, year-to-date combined shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps increased 0.6 percent to 6,432,670 units, up from 6,391,815 units shipped in 2014.
Read the full report here: http://www.ahrinet.org/App_Content/ahri/files/Statistics/Monthly%20Shipments/2015/November_2015.pdf
TUESDAY’S TIP: Here are some tips on HOW to effectively present a ductless system to a customer. These systems are becoming more popular among homeowners as they strive to be both efficient AND cost effective with their home comfort systems. Even businesses can benefit from ductless systems when needing to regulate office temperatures after partitions have been put up to create new space, or the original layout is otherwise altered creating uneven heating and cooling.
Learn how to present Ductless HVAC Systems to a potential customer at http://news.carrierenterprise.com/2015/09/21/how-to-explain-the-pros-cons-of-installing-a-ductless-hvac-system-to-customers
Advantages of hiring NATE-Certified technicians include:
- Certified technicians stay in the industry longer and are more productive than non-certified technicians.
- NATE provides a uniform standard of knowledge that trainers can use to prepare the future HVACR workforce.
- Properly trained and tested technicians can ensure the correct installation and servicing of HVACR equipment, which saves homeowners on energy bills.
Read more about “Is Hiring a NATE-Certified Technician Important?” at http://hvacrbusiness.com/workforce-supp-hiring-nate-important.html
Recently hilmor tools released their new Compact Bender to help HVAC technicians make faster, more accurate bends. The hilmor Compact Bender features one crossbar, ball dents, and a color-coded system for easy system configuration changes. The tool works with tubing from 1/4″ to 7/8″ in diameter.
Check out CE’s array of bending tools, including hilmor’s Compact Bender.
Indoor air quality, or IAQ, has become a focus of many businesses and homeowners who have become aware of the pollutants circulating through their systems. Contaminants trapped in ductwork could be circulating through buildings causing health problems or triggering allergies for those breathing the air. Contractors need to be aware of the vast array of IAQ products available as well as how to educate their customer on air quality. There are filtration products, UV lights, humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can all improve air quality by removing microscopic particulates. HVAC techs also have access to products used in the one-time cleaning of air ducts.
Learn more about indoor air quality from the EPA at http://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq Check out CE’s wide array of IAQ products for the home and business by visiting http://www.carrierenterprise.com/indoor-air-quality.
TUESDAY’S TIP: Humidity sensors are not immune to failure. In fact, they are more prone to losing their calibration than temperature sensors so technicians should plan to verify them once or twice a year for accuracy. When an HVAC systems also control building humidity, the potential for energy waste increases.
A humidity sensor that reads too high or too low may trigger the system to remain in a dehumidifying or humidifying mode for an extended period of time, which results in wasted electric and unnecessary wear and tear on the HVAC unit.
Read more about “Humidity Control Vital to Keeping HVAC Costs Low” at http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/Humidity-Control-Vital-to-Keeping-HVAC-Costs-Low–16164