To use refrigerant leak-stop agents or not? Many contractors have great insight on both sides of the question.
Tuesday’s Tip: Many installers often find right-sizing an HVAC system to be a difficult task. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when building a high performance system.
More Tips For Right-Sizing Your Commercial HVAC Systems are available here: http://ac-engs.com/blog/tips-for-right-sizing-your-commercial-hvac-systems/
CE provides contractors with all the help they need to be successful on the job. Our CE HVAC Contractor Assist Mobile App provides access to new product information and all the tools you need when you’re on the go, including: Online Shopping, Product Availability, Equipment BOM, Document Library, Warranty Look Up, Cross Reference Tools, a PT Calculator, Flashlight and more. But simply having the tools won’t get you far if you don’t know how to use them! That is why we’ve created a short, informative video to teach you each aspect. Watch this quick “How-To” video to learn more…
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
Customers love Nest products because they’re beautifully designed, loaded with innovative features, and intuitive to use. For residential use, the Nest Learning Thermostats, Nest Protect smoke and CO alarm, and Nest Wi-Fi video camera are top sellers. Contractors love these products because they are highly compatible with existing systems, work together seamlessly, and are simple to install.
View CE’s current Nest offerings at http://www.carrierenterprise.com/search?Ntt=nest.
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.
Whether you are buying for your boss or your buddy, we have you covered. Not only does Carrier Enterprise have every cool tool and gadget, but if you want the latest toy that every HVAC guy/gal wants, we have that too! Many items are available for same-day pick-up from local CE stores.
Browse our full inventory of tools, HVAC parts and accessories at www.carrierenterprise.com.
TUESDAY’S TIP: HVAC tape may not be a product of concern for techs who often purchase whatever product is the most cost effective versus the most functional. Although customers are more focused on their major systems than the products used on them, selecting the right HVAC tape can help keep systems in good working order.
Items to consider include:
- Application Technique
- Code Compliance
- Application Conditions
- Strength, Adhesion and Tack
- LEED® Qualification
Read more about “5 Things to Consider When Choosing HVAC Tape” at http://www.hvacinsider.com/national/5-things-to-consider-when-choosing-hvac-tape
When customers are purchasing a new HVAC system they may be considering a ductless option, but they might want to know the benefits and the disadvantages of going ductless.
They may simply ask you, “What are the advantages of a ductless HVAC system?” and “Are there any disadvantages of installing one?”
Below features a few tips on how to discuss the “Pros and Cons” of installing a ductless HVAC system with customers:
- “You Save Money Over Time”
Money plays a major role when consumers are contemplating an important purchase. You can begin by explaining that they will save money over time by deciding to install a ductless HVAC system. You can point out how ductless systems have the ability to run on much less power than ordinary systems because they are smaller and deliver air directly into a room. By diving into more detail, you can explain that because they are ductless they also avoid energy losses that may come with ductwork of central forced air systems. It may also help to use some statistics such as, “These losses can be responsible for over 30% of energy consumption.” Overall you want your customer to understand that installing a ductless system essentially cuts costs and saves money over time.
- “Easy Installation”
If your customer is looking for a quick and easy installation process, you can explain this process and compare it to that of traditional systems. Note that traditional systems take several days and even weeks to install, while you can have the customer’s ductless HVAC system up and running in just one day. If you want to get into specifics, you can explain that the units usually run on small pipes that only require a three-inch hole through a wall, which avoids any rebuilding around ductwork.
- “You Breathe Easy”
Another benefit you can call attention to is the filtration that ductless HVAC systems have. Let the customer know that the filtration system decreases the amount of dust, allergens, pollen and bacteria in the air. After you explain this, you can mention how most ordinary HVAC systems require professional cleaning regularly and can still leave behind dust and allergens. Make sure the customer understands that ductless options enhance the air quality, which allows easy breathing.
- “Initial Costs May be Higher”
Although you may have already explained that your customer would save money over time by installing a ductless HVAC system, be transparent and clarify why the up front cost of purchase and installation is higher. You can explain the details of how the system’s efficiency and technology is more expensive to buy and install, but then remind the customer that the overall cost is lower when the system is operating.
- “Placement is Crucial”
Express the importance of placement when installing a ductless HVAC system and validate your credibility. Revert back to when you mentioned the efficiency of a ductless HVAC, and explain how improper placement will cause inefficient operation and wastes energy. You can end your point by making sure the customer understands improper placement can increase utility costs.
If your customer has indicated that style is essential, the indoor portion of the ductless HVAC systems may not satisfy his or her inner interior designer. You can try to identify your customer’s taste and make sure that you present certain options.
Carrier Enterprise has a variety of ductless systems from Carrier, Bryant, and Toshiba Carrier to suit your customers’ budgets and styles so they can achieve the best of all worlds. Visit us today to shop online for the perfect solution for your customer!
One of the hottest new products at the 2015 AHR Expo was the ductless HVAC system. With the ductless market predicted to grow to more than $9 billion by 2020, more and more manufacturers and contractors are embracing ductless systems as a viable alternative for providing comfort solutions to residential and business customers.
If you’re looking for ways to increase sales and profits for your business, you may want to consider promoting ductless HVAC systems to customers in your market. No matter what climate region you may be in, ductless HVAC systems are a great way to provide your customers with efficient heating and cooling solutions that will make their homes and businesses more comfortable and save them money on their energy bills.
Although ductless systems have been around for many years, they have recently seen a resurgence in popularity for a variety of reasons. The new units are much more efficient and attractive, and there are a plethora of options for system configurations to meet your customers’ needs. Systems have been designed to provide high efficiency ratings up to 30.5 SEER (Carrier’s Infinity Series), 80 percent heating capacity at minus 20° F, and smart controls. Systems can be easily installed on the floor, in a cassette system, in the wall/ceiling, or on the wall, depending on aesthetic needs and space restrictions. Units can be controlled with a remote control or with a digital thermostat mounted on the wall.
Ductless systems have become very popular for customers who have older homes or buildings that were not built with space for a ductwork system. Many historic homes or commercial buildings that don’t have adequate attic space for a central air conditioning system can benefit from the installation of a ductless system, which can increase the comfort level and long-term value of the building.
Here are some reasons you should consider for adding ductless HVAC systems to your company’s portfolio of offerings:
- They’re easy to install. These systems can be installed in much less time than it takes to put in central air conditioning. A two-person crew would need at least a week to install the ductwork and other components of a central air conditioning system. A ductless mini-split system could be installed from start to finish in a day. This translates to less labor for you and less inconvenience for your customer.
- They don’t take up much space. Their compact size makes ductless AC units perfect for cooling small living spaces, such as apartments and dorm rooms. They’re also great for cooling individual rooms in larger homes, particularly basements, garages and attics, which are usually not ventilated well. Also, ductless air conditioners are easy to store because of their small size, which means they take up less space in your warehouse and in your company trucks.
- They’re easy to maintain. Ductless systems have fewer mechanical components, use much less refrigerant and since there is no loss of airflow due to issues with ductwork, the systems tend to be easier to maintain.
- They’re energy efficient. Ductless air conditioners use much less energy than traditional air conditioners, which can save your customer money on their energy bill. In addition, if you install multiple units, the customer can control the individual room temperatures in the house, which is more energy efficient than using a central air conditioning system to cool the whole house.
- They’re quiet. Traditional air conditioners can make a lot of noise, but ductless systems are quiet. The noise they make is usually no more than a quiet hum. It amounts to background noise that is easily drowned out by conversation, music and television.
- They’re green. Ductless systems meet LEED standards and can earn points for a building seeking LEED certification.
Carrier Enterprises carries a full line of ductless HVAC systems from Carrier, Bryant, and Toshiba Carrier. All are committed to providing high quality products, training and customer service to ensure that your ductless installation projects are a success. For more information about the variety of ductless HVAC systems we carry, please visit http://www.carrierenterprise.com/ductless.