Why, in survey after survey, do consumers indicate they would pay a little extra for better comfort or energy savings but still continue to purchase the basic, minimum efficiency and lightly featured systems? This past year, AC & Heating Connect worked with Triple Pundit (a new-media company for highly conscious business leaders focused on the triple bottom line – people,
The demand for high efficiency central air conditioning systems in the U.S. can be segmented into several categories.
- One type of efficiency buyer is mostly interested in the financial/economic incentives and these consumers tend to come and go with the vagaries of government and utility based incentives.
Sometimes our cars, appliances, and even air conditioners make the strangest noises, but how do you know if they’re normal or if something might be wrong? It’s not always as easy as hitting the ‘restart’ button on your computer, so it’s important to know when you should call a professional or contractor to check it out.
Over the past few years we have all observed the U.S. HVAC industry’s fascination with ductless “mini-split” air conditioning systems in the U.S. Recent HVAC trade shows have been crowded with OEM’s promoting this “new” way of providing home comfort.
Changing your air conditioning system’s air filter is a maintenance task that is easily forgotten. Though, this quick fix is an important part of keeping your system running smoothly and should be done regularly – every three months or at the beginning of each season.
What’s the Difference Between a Ducted and Ductless Air Conditioning System?
Air conditioners provide cool air through two forms of delivery: ducted or ductless systems. The majority of homes in the U.S. are built with air ducts made from sheet metal that run from the main air conditioning unit to each room in the house.
The AC & Heating Connect staff did some research on the facts about ductless mini-split systems that might be of interest to contractors and distributors as they plan for the future growth of this segment.
Ductless Mini-Split System Sales Have Declined
While the ductless segment has posted impressive growth rates in the U.S.
There are many types of specialized HVAC technology used in commercial buildings and these are often much different from those terms used in common residential applications. We thought it would be helpful to provide a summary list of the various types of commercial air conditioning systems used in the US today.
A device used to remove solid, particles from the air stream. Air filters are typically located on the return side of the fan and upstream of any cooling/heating coils, ASHRAE recommends a minimum MERV rating of 6 or higher.
In 1987, an international treaty called the “Montreal Protocol” was established to protect the atmospheric ozone layer from the harmful effects of certain manufactured chemicals. Now, over 25 years later, we are in the midst of the forced phase out of R-22 (an HCFC),